Researcher in Integrated Energy Efficient HVAC&R Systems for Southern Europe

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

About the position

The Department of Energy and Process Engineering (EPT) within the Refrigeration Research Group has a vacancy for a researcher in a temporary position, interested in the topic of "Integrated energy efficient HYAC&R systems for high energy demanding building in Southern Europe". The related EU project will end in autumn 2020, therefore the position is terminated by the end of November 2020.

Our Research Group has expertise and 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 researcher position is supporting the project team to collect and analyze the field data from the project obtained with the MultiPACK units. The units are new energy efficient plug-and-play units for supermarkets and other high energy demanding building. These units reduce the specific energy consumption by more than 25%, simultaneously reducing the total cost of ownership. The MultiPACK project is a scientific-supported introduction of innovative packages, all parts made in Europe, applying the natural working fluid CO2 and the latest efficiency enhancing technologies. These units are validating the suitability of the CO2 heat pumping and refrigeration technology for warm climate applications.

The Head of the Department is Professor Terese Løvås. The position’s supervision is by Prof. Dr. Ing. Armin Hafner, coordinator of the MultiPACK project.

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.

Qualification requirements

The candidate must hold a PhD related to refrigeration and HVAC systems. The candidate preferably should have experience and be able to:

  • handle a large amount of measurement data,
  • analyze the performance of refrigeration systems,
  • understand how to control advanced systems

Excellent English skills, spoken and written, are required.

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 (and other stakeholders?)
  • 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

The gross salary for the position of Researhcer code 1109 is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 523,200 – 655,400 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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 criteria 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.

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

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-244/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 22.10.2019.

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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 Temporary
Place of service NTNU Department of Energy and Process Engineering