PhD Position in Optimal Control for Building Energy Systems

Trondheim, Norway
06 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
26 Mar 2019
IV 117/19
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The position is for three years of duration, but can be extended to four years, with one year of teaching duties.

The PhD position is funded via NTNU’s strategic project ENERSENSE, a multidisciplinary project where the candidate participates in different activities throughout the year and get to collaborate with other experts of associated research areas. See

The PhD project will be in collaboration with Department of Cybernetics and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The position reports to head of department, Prof. Dr. Terese Løvås

Job description

The research project will focus on optimal control for building energy systems, based on energy and power considerations. The project will study dynamic effects of energy systems that may include photovoltaic systems, thermal energy storage, electric batteries and electric cars, in addition to systems for heating and ventilation. The work will include the development of numerical models for simulation, as well as approaches to the specification and solution of dynamic optimization problems.

Qualification requirements

PhD candidate:

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in a relevant field of engineering, e.g. control engineering, applied mathematics, energy, or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

Good written and oral English language skills are required.

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

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 candidate:

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

The period of employment is 3 to 4 years (4 years with required teaching duties). Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Engineering, 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

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 Bjørn Austbø, phone number 476 55 134, e-mail

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number IV 117/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 26.03.19

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 Energy and Process Engineering

We conduct research and teaching covering the entire energy chain, from resources to the end-user. We look at how energy is produced and used by humans and machines in a sustainable way with regard to health, climate change and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 26.03.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Department of Energy and Process Engineering

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