Postdoctoral Fellow in Energy Efficient Ventilation of Residential Buildings

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) is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow for a research project within the area of energy efficient ventilation of residential buildings, to be hired for a period of 2 years.

The position as a Postdoctoral Fellow is a temporary position with the primary goal of qualifying for work in professional academic positions or in positions in business and industry, which requires a high level of research based competence. The starting date for the position is as soon as possible in the autumn 2019/early winter 2020. The position will be a part of the Sustainable Energy Systems research group at EPT.

The Head of Department is Professor Terese Løvås. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be supervised by Professor Hans Martin Mathisen and will form part of the team of researchers from NTNU, the research foundation SINTEF and the industrial partner Flexit AS.  The main goal is new development and innovations related to membrane based ventilation air heat recovery.

Main duties and responsibilities

In cold climates heat recovery from ventilation air is necessary to reduce energy consumption and through that greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. However, during cold periods the efficiency might be reduced due to frost problems. One emerging solution to reduce this problem is to use membrane exchangers that recover latent heat.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will primarily work on research carried out as part of the research project Defreeze MEE Now. Defreeze MEE Now is an industry owned project with NTNU as one of the research partners. The position involves theoretical studies of heat and mass transfer in air to air heat and energy exchangers, experimental work in the department’s own laboratory and cooperation on experiments in the Flexit’s laboratory.

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 in mechanical engineering (HVAC) or heat and mass transfer, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is 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.

Qualifications in all of the following points are required:

  • Strong background in modelling of heat and mass transfer in heat exchangers ventilation air
  • Experience in condensing and frosting phenomena
  • Strong competence with membrane research
  • Programming skill in MATLAB

The candidate should have experience with both experimental and theoretical work.

Fluent English skills, both in speech and in writing, are required.

Personal characteristics

Personal qualities such as academic team player, creative, analytical, self-driven, flexible and engaged scholar will be emphasized.

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 Hans Martin Mathisen, phone number +47 93059175, 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-246/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 22.10.2019.

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 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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