PhD Candidate in Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities in Zero Emission

Trondheim, Norway
07 Jul 2020
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN Centre) hosted by the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management is looking for a PhD Candidate in ‘Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities in Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities’.

This is a temporary educational position which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD.

The position is connected to the PhD-program at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer.

The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management is organized into six sections:

  • Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research
  • Health, Safety and Environment Management
  • Strategy and Business Development
  • Operations Management
  • Experts in Teamwork
  • Section of Economics and management (Campus Gjøvik)
  • The PhD Candidate will be a part of the Section for Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research and will cooperate closely with the Section for Operations Management.


Information about the Centre and background for the position

The Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN Centre) is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) funded by the Research Council of Norway and the consortium partners. The main objective of the ZEN Centre is to develop knowledge, competitive products and solutions that will lead to realization of sustainable buildings and neighbourhoods that have zero emissions of greenhouse gases related to their production, operation and transformation. The ZEN Centre is a follow-up of the Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings.

The position as a PhD Candidate will be administratively located at the ZEN Centre, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (IØT). Information about the ZEN Centre at NTNU is available at Information about NTNUs Thematic Strategic Areas is available at

Globally as well as on the national and local levels, goals and specific targets are set up to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and secure future supply of energy. Several innovative solutions are being developed and tested out in best practice projects in order to reach these goals and targets. However, there are examples that innovative solutions may conflict with current regulations, which is potentially slowing down the transition to the zero emission society. Regulation hampering ZEN projects may be linked to different but related topics, such as energy trade and exchange, urban planning, environmental policy, innovation, public procurement and regional development, and municipal regulation is typically embedded in higher levels of national and EU regulations.

The PhD project aims to explore innovative solutions for Zero Emission Neighbourhoods, in particular to the consequences of regulations that are slowing down or stopping sustainable innovations. In addition, he/she will work to identify possible solutions to these challenges. The research will be connected to related work within the Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (

Main duties and responsibilities

The PhD Candidate will be part of the research team in workpackage 2: Policy measures, innovation and business models on the topic: ‘Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities in Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities’.

The candidate will in particular address regulatory challenges and incentives affecting ZEN projects that implement innovative solutions also related to market development and design. The PhD Candidate will also collaborate with researchers in other work packages. In the ZEN centre, 9 pilot areas are available for research, and relevant research questions can be found and addressed in cooperation with the consortium partners.

The research should pursue one or more of the following tasks:

  • Identify and develop an overview of innovative solutions in ZEN and potential conflicting regulations
  • Develop an understanding of corresponding regulatory issues on an international level
  • Develop and test potential solutions to overcome regulatory obstacles

Required selection criteria

  • The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Industrial Economics and Technology Management, or equivalent education equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.
  • English language fluency (spoken and written) is required

Factors that will contribute positively to the evaluation and that should be documented in the application:

  • Experience with research and practice based work related to innovation or transition theory applied in a zero emission context, will be highly valued.
  • It will also be highly valued if the candidate has knowledge of or experience with applying or interpreting relevant areas of regulations or regulative systems.
  • Much of the data collection will be made in Norwegian companies, and proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is an advantage.

Personal characteristics

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

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Information about Working and living in Norway can be found at the following link:

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

Salary and conditions

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

This position is to be hired for a period of 3 years, starting as soon as possible in the autumn of 2020..

The position is connected to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Faculty of Economics and Management, Department of 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.

Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

Some travelling is required to fill the position.

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, post doctor and research assistant, as well as 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.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

About the application

Applications should include:

  • A cover letter (maximum 1 page) describing motivation and qualifications for the position as a PhD Candidate.
  • A CV with information on education, research experience, and publications.
  • Authorized documentation of certificates and study records.
  • Publications and other relevant scientific works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application.
  • A self-developed research proposal of 2-3 pages including ideas for research approach including preferred focus areas and methods

Joint work will be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a joint piece of work, applicants should enclose a short descriptive summary of what they contributed to the work.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

An application including attachments should be sent electronically through: 

Application deadline: 31.07.2020

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.
The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply.

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.

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

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Anne Neumann on phone +47 7341 2218 / email or Professor Luitzen De Boer on phone +47 7359 7604 / email

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 31st July 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim