Postdoctoral Fellow in Integrated Energy Efficient Refrigeration Systems

Trondheim, Norway
09 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Energy and Process Engineering (EPT) within the Refrigeration Research Group has a vacant Postdoctoral position related to work on " Integrated Energy Efficient Refrigeration Systems ". The position has a duration of 4 years. The start-up of the position is preferably in 2019.

Our Research Group has expertise and a well-established network related to vapor compression systems applying natural working fluids for various applications within different industrial sectors. In close cooperation with SINTEF and other European Partners, the group is involved in several national and international research projects.

The scope of the Postdoctoral position is supporting the roll-out of new energy efficient refrigeration systems for various applications like high energy demanding buildings, fishing vessels and public transport vehicles. These units can reduce the specific energy consumption by more than 25%, simultaneously reducing the total cost of ownership. The focus of the candidate in this position is the scientific-supported development and introduction of innovative refrigeration and heat pumping systems, applying the natural working fluid CO2 and the latest efficiency enhancing technologies. One focus will be the validation of the CO2 heat pumping and refrigeration technology in various climate conditions.

The Head of Department is Professor Terese Løvås. The position’s supervision is by Prof. Dr. Ing. Armin Hafner.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Analyse measurement results from the demo sites
  • Prepare draft reports related to the measurement campaigns
  • Participate in dissemination events like conferences, workshops, etc.
  • Adapt simulation models for system analyses, development and optimisation of integrated refrigeration systems
  • Develop design specifications for robust and compact refrigeration technology using natural refrigerants, for high energy efficient operation at varying conditions
  • Develop systems for increased utilization of combined heating and cooling, including compact heat and cold thermal storage and heat pumps
  • Develop concepts for utilizing surplus cold onboard LNG fuelled vessels
  • Evaluate and adapt methods for calculating and communicating the carbon footprint and environmental impact of refrigeration systems

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree or foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

The candidate must hold a relevant PhD, preferanbly related to refrigeration systems.. The candidate must be able to perform advanced system simulations, understand how to control advanced systems and should have experience in handling and analyzing large amounts of measurement data. Documented skills related to perform the main duties mentioned above are part of the evaluation criteria. Excellent English skills, spoken and written, 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

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Personal characteristics

  • Highly motivated, with the ability to thrive under pressure and work independently
  • Strong self-management and prioritization skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues
  • Enthusiasm for collaboration, with motivation to work well as part of a team

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

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

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 Professor Armin Hafner, 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-245/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 22.10.2019

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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 22nd October 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service NTNU Department of Energy and Process Engineering

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