PhD Position Within Economics Analysis of Zero Emission Transport Systems and Value Chains

Trondheim, Norway
13 Feb 2020
End of advertisement period
10 Mar 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management as PhD candidate in industrial economics and technology management for a period of 3 years. The position is resident at NTNUs campus in Trondheim. This is an educational position, which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD degree. The position is connected to the PhD program at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer.

The position is financed through FME MoZEES, (Mobility Zero Emission Energy Systems). MoZEES is a Centre for Environmentally-friendly Energy Research, focusing on battery and hydrogen value chains, systems, and applications where Norway can take a leading position in the future. See for more information.  

The position is located in the section on Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research.

Main duties and responsibilities

This PhD projects aims to study and analyze zero emission transport systems and value chains. This project focuses on the impact of introducing battery electric and hydrogen vessels and vehicles in the energy system in order to reduce the emissions from the Norwegian transport sector by 50% in 2030.  The project focuses mainly on heavy duty freight, but also the relations to other transport services through infrastructure and fuels.  The project will take a multimodal approach with the maritime sector, the railway sector, road transportation and aviation. The project will thus emphasize the role and potential of the shift of transportation modes and efficiency improvements for achieving these goals on sectoral and aggregated level, including links to energy, climate and industrial policy both at national and regional level. Relevant instruments like public purchasing, public, private cooperation, regulation and the impact of vehicle and fuel taxation is to be analyzed.  The role that fuels like hydrogen, electricity and biofuels will play in future Norwegian transport systems is of high interest. The focus of the project is on economic analysis, but it will be linked to existing energy and transport models in MoZEES.

The work will be carried out in close cooperation with industry partners from the FME and other research within the project.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in transportation economics and/or operations research/optimization or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

The following qualifications are required for the position:

  • A highly motivated candidate with a high-grade (minimum character B) Master's degree within economics and/or operations research or optimization.
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.

In addition, the following qualifications will contribute positively to the evaluation of the applicant:

  • Experience with modelling transport systems.
  • Understanding of transport economics and empirical analyses.
  • Experience with or formal education in economics.

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

  • High level of personal responsibility, initiative, and ability to work in a project team.
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiatives.
  • Willingness and ability to communicate and work together with technical subject matter experts.
  • Excellent communication skills with both technical and administrative staff.

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

PhD candidate:

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in industrial economics and technology management (
 As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

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 Anne Neumann, phone number +47 73 41 22 18, 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.

Application deadline: 10.03.2020

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 Industrial Economics and Technology Management

We conduct research and teaching at an international level in the interface between technology/natural sciences and economics, management, and HSE (health, safety and the environment). Our goal is sustainable creation of value within technology-based areas in industry, business and the public sector in Norway. We have academic groups in Trondheim and Gjøvik. The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management is one of four departments in the Faculty of Economics and Management

Deadline 10th March 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary

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