Postdoctoral Fellow in Electrical Machines and Electromagnetics

Gløshaugen, Norway
26 Nov 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Feb 2020
Job Type
Academic Posts
Contract Type
Full Time

"A Digital Approach for Enhanced Flexibility and Capability of Hydrogenators"

About the position

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a two-years position as a Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Electric Power Engineering (IEL). The described Postdoc will be a part of the research within the Norwegian Centre for Hydropower Technology (HydroCen).

HydroCen is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME). The FME scheme is established by the Norwegian Research Council. The objective of the Research Council of Norway FME-scheme is to establish time-limited research centers conducting concentrated, focused and long-term research of high international caliber to solve specific challenges in the field. The FME-centers can be established for a maximum period of eight years. The main objective of HydroCen is to enable the Norwegian hydropower sector to meet complex challenges and exploit new opportunities through innovative technological solutions (

The research fellow will be a part of the Electrical machines and Electromagnetics group (

The position reports to the Head of Department.

Main duties and responsibilities

Job description

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is to qualify for work in academic positions.

The research fellow will be a full member of the scientific staff at the Department of Electric Power Engineering, and will, beside playing an active role in the further development of HydroCen, be expected to take part in activities such as teaching and relevant administrative tasks.

Project description

One of the main topics in HydroCen is to increase the flexibility of hydropower. This is needed in order to meet the future demands in a world of unregulated renewables. Hydropower machines in Norway have traditionally been designed and operated as base-load suppliers assuming a continuous load cycle. However, future operation of the same machines imply intermittent loading schemes over a wide range of operating points. As a result, new opportunities for optimization is possible. In a different type of power market, the utilization of the machines will be different from the past. The operation is more intermittent and closer to the capability boundaries combined with a goal to reduce maintenance and operational costs.

The research fellow will work on advanced monitoring and modeling of the machines to increase its performance and at the same time reduce the lifetime consumption of the machines. The approaches include loss- and thermal modelling/monitoring, ventilation optimization, control modifications and lifetime modeling. We foresee the use of more sensors and/or digital twins to estimate the real state of the machine.

Qualification requirements

The applicant must hold a PhD-degree in Electrical Power Engineering and have research-based knowledge within at least one of these areas:

  • FEM-analysis and modelling of machines (preferably large machines)
  • Design and operation of synchronous generators.

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.

Other qualifications

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.

Personal characteristics

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.

We offer

Salary and conditions

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

The employment contract is for two years.

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.

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 Arne Nysveen,, or to the Head of Department Ole-Morten Midtgård,

About the application:

Applications are to be submitted electronically through this page (

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 (maximum to pages).
  • CV including information pertaining to the given qualifications.
  • Testimonials and certificates. Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement ( or a similar document, which describes in detail the study programme and grading system.
  • The most important publications that are relevant for the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (maximum 10 publications). 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.
  • Information about teaching/pedagogical experience.
  • 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: 20.12.2019.

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 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 1st February 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service NTNU Campus Gløshaugen

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