Phd Position in Optimal Utilization of Smart Generators

Trondheim, Norway
22 Feb 2019
End of advertisement period
21 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering,  at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy  for a 100% position as a PhD candidate at the Department of Electric Power Engineering The described PhD position is part of the Strategic Research Area designed by NTNU for the period 2014-2023, i.e., Energy, subtopics «Energy Efficiency», «Energy Storage», «Smart Energy Systems» and «Hydropower in the 21st century».

The position reports to the Head of Department.

Job description

Future power generation technologies should be able to operate at a very high flexibility. This is needed in order to address the ever-increasing penetration of renewable energy sources into the power grid. The new challenges in the power system requires the classical power generation to be operated to deliver new services (i.e. multi-purpose machines). Future hydropower plants should operate with

  • higher flexibility, and
  • higher utilization of long-term and short-term capacities

Currently, there is one vacant position available at NTNU within the field of “smart power generation technologies”.

The successful PhD candidate will be expected to perform the following subtasks:

  • Develop a numerical multiphysics platform of a synchronous generator that are validated experimentally
  • Use the detailed analysis to identify a reduced order model to be proposed for real-time control services (a digital twin)
  • Target the optimal utilization of the machine for multiple purposes including variable speed and fixed speed operation
  • Explore opportunities in the operation of future power plants
  • Prepare papers for academic journals

The PhD student will work at the intersection between the fields of electrical machines, power electronics and power systems. The research will be oriented towards addressing the real-world challenges in the power industry.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. Applicants must hold a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) within electrical engineering (or engineering physics) with specialization in electrical machines. Applicants with experimental experience and/or experience with finite element analysis will be preferred. Scientific publications in international journals and at conferences will give merit.
Applicants are required to submit a one-page research proposal within the described research area.

Applicants must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. If your first language is not English, the following tests can be used as documentation: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

(CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

Personal characteristics

  • The ability to work in a team and good communication skills will be emphasized in the employment process.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 per annum. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years without teaching assistance, or 4 years including 25% teaching assistance.

Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Electrical Power Engineering. Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See for information about PhD studies at NTNU.

As a PhD candidate, you will have to successfully complete the PhD academic training programme; the training includes mandatory course work and other obligatory activities. Within the first three months of your employment, you must formally qualify for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Jonas Nøland,

About the application:

Applications are to be submitted electronically through this page (
The application should contain (all in one combined PDF file):

  • A project description (1-2 pages).
  • CV.
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates.
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.
  • Publications relevant to the research scope and any other work which the applicant wishes to be taken into account should clearly state the applicant’s contribution. A short summary should be attached outlining the applicant’s input to joint work.
  • Names and contact information of at least two references.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Application deadline: March 21, 2019.

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Electric Power Engineering

Our department is Norway’s leading university environment in the field, and our vision is to be at the centre of the digital green shift. We have excellent collaboration with business and industry as well as other academic environments internationally. This gives us outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary research with high relevance to society, while we meet industrial needs and address global challenges at the same time. The Department of Electric Power Engineering is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

Deadline 21.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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