PhD Position in High Voltage Technology
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Wet Design of AC Power Cables for Future Offshore Power Grids
About the position
The Department of Electric Power Engineering, https://www.ntnu.edu/iel/, has a vacancy for a 100% position as a PhD candidate within the field of High Voltage Technology – "Wet Design of AC Power Cables for Future Offshore Power Grids", which is a project carried out under the umbrella of the LowEmission Centre, https://www.sintef.no/lowemission.
The LowEmission Centre will develop new technology and concepts for offshore energy systems, energy efficiency and integration with renewable power production technologies for application on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). This will help the industry to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals, as well as paving the way for zero-emission petroleum production by 2050.
The prospective candidate will work in the research group High Voltage Technology (HVT), https://www.ntnu.edu/iel/groups/hvt#/view/about.
The main supervisor of the PhD candidate will be Associate Prof. Frank Mauseth, https://www.ntnu.edu/employees/frank.mauseth. The project will be co-supervised by Dr. Øystein Hestad, SINTEF Energy Research, https://www.sintef.no/en/all-employees/employee/?empId=623.
The position reports to the Head of Department.
Main duties and responsibilities
The objective of the PhD education is to qualify for scientific research of high international standard. The PhD education has a nominal duration of three years of full-time study and includes required coursework or similar academic training comprising a minimum of 30 credits. The most important component of the PhD education is an independent scientific research project carried out under academic supervision, which results in the PhD thesis. The PhD degree is conferred based on these two elements and the doctoral examination, which consists of a trial lecture and a public defense of the scientific thesis.
The candidate is expected to fully complete the course work and the PhD thesis within the period of employment, which could be 3 or 4 years. The doctoral examination may take place after the period of employment. The option of 4-year employment would imply 1 year of duties as Teaching Assistant for the Department and may be offered to a candidate with clear motivation and ability for such work, if the Department sees the need. This will be clarified during and after any interview.
The main aim of the proposed PhD work is to examine and determine the critical ageing mechanisms for a wet design AC power cables. The work will consist of experimental characterization and modelling of insulation systems under service conditions with load cycling and the associated temperature variations. It is of interest to investigate the effect of humidity, cleanliness, defects and interfaces on the ageing of the insulation material. It can also be of interest to investigate the effect of frequency from 0 to 60 Hz.
The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree with strong academic background, which implies a quality of education of high international standard, an average grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale, and at least a B on the master’s thesis. Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent in electric power engineering or similar, and preferably have specialized in high voltage technology. It would be beneficial, but not required, with a further specialization in electrical insulation technology, with laboratory work and FEM-analysis, in the master’s thesis.
Master’s students who expect to complete their master’s degree studies by summer 2020 are also encouraged to apply. Employment will then be postponed until the master’s degree is finished and will be under the condition of at least a grade of B on the master’s thesis.
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.
Applicants must have very good English language skills, written and spoken. Applicants from non-English speaking countries outside EU/EEA/Switzerland must provide preliminary documentation of English language proficiency, in terms of an approved test. The following tests can be used: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
Further assessment of both written and oral English language skills and the ability to communicate fluently will be conducted in the continued selection process and during any interviews for all applicants.
In the evaluation of the candidates, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as personal motivation for the position, in terms of the qualification requirements specified above. We look for candidates who show clear signs of independence, original thinking and scientific mindset.
- exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
- an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
- favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated NOK 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
The employment contract is for three years; however, there is a possibility for extension up to four years if selected for assistantship.
Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Electric Power Engineering. Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD candidates at NTNU. See https://www.ntnu.edu/ie/research/phd 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.
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.
The Department of Electric Power Engineering works closely with key players in the Norwegian electricity supply sector, who manage critical infrastructure. A comprehensive risk assessment of the candidates' research interests and potential activities related to national threat assessments will therefore also form basis for the final selection of candidates.
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.
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no.
The application must contain:
- A cover letter where the applicant describes personal motivation and relevance with respect to the requirements of this advertisement, including a short reflection on the project.
- CV including information pertaining to the given qualifications.
- Testimonials and certificates. Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement (https://ec.europa.eu/education/diploma-supplement_en) or a similar document, which describes in detail the study programme and grading system.
- The required documentation of English language proficiency.
- Names and contact information of at least two references.
Emphasis will be placed on the quality of the cover letter in shortlisting of candidates. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
In the final assessment of the candidates, strategic considerations at the Department of Electric Power Engineering will also be taken into account. We aim for better gender balance, and when qualifications are approximately equal among qualified candidates, female applicants will be preferred.
Application deadline: 15.12.2019.
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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 15th December 2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Place of service NTNU Campus Gløshaugen