PhD position in Advanced Informatics for Procuring Automated Flexibility Services

Trondheim, Norway
24 Sep 2020
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Electric Power Engineering has a vacancy for a 100% position as a PhD candidate within the field of Electricity Markets and Energy System Planning - "Advanced informatics for procuring automated flexibility services in balancing markets".

The candidate will work in cooperation with Statnett, the Transmission System Operator (TSO) of Norway and other relevant research partners.

The prospective candidate will work in the research group Electricity Markets and Energy System Planning (EMESP)

The main supervisor of the PhD candidate will be Associate Prof. Jayaprakash Rajasekharan.

The project will be co-supervised by Associate Prof. Hossein Farahmand.

The position reports to Head of Department.

Duties of the position

Job description

The objective of the PhD education is to qualify for scientific research of high international standard. The PhD education has a nominal durationof 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 apublic 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 seesthe need. This will be clarified during and after any interview.

Project description

The fast-changing socio-techno-economic requirements of the 21st century implies a distributed, digitalized, smart, flexible, interactive and greenelectrical grid. The transition from a centralized physical system to a flexible, distributed, cyber-physical system is aided by digital technologies (advanced metering infrastructure, phasor measurement units) and advancements in ICT (automation, blockchain, Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence). Energy informatics is an emerging field that applies computational techniques such as big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence for realizing sustainable future energy systems (smart grids, smart homes, electric vehicles, renewable energy, energy storage, flexibility services, local markets).

The success of future power systems largely depends on the ability of the grid to identify, activate, harness and exploit the distributed flexibility potential offered by small-, medium- and large scale producers/consumers/prosumers and aggregators. Recently, there has been huge interest in providing flexibility services to the distribution and transmission grid operators through aggregated demand response to avoid grid reinforcements.

In this context, the main task of the PhD candidate will be twofold. Firstly, to develop a framework for providing automated flexibility services in real-time balancing markets through aggregated demand response. Secondly, to study and investigate informatics-based approaches for procuring flexibility services (for example estimating, predicting, planning, and scheduling flexibility) for transmission system operators in a market-based setting.

Required selection criteria

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 in electric power engineering or another relevant discipline, with a master’s thesis relevant for the topic of this PhD.

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, post doctor and research assistant.

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

Preferred selection criteria

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 forthe position, in terms of the qualification requirements specified above. We look for candidates who show clear signs of independence, originalthinking and scientific mindset.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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.

As a PhD candidate, you will have to successfully complete the PhD academic training programme; the training includes mandatory course workand other obligatory activities. Within the first three months of your employment, you must formally qualify for admission to the PhD programmeat 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 criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.

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.

About the application

The application must contain:

  • A cover letter where the applicant describes personal motivation and relevance with respect to the requirements of this advertisement.
  • A one page research plan that broadly outlines the applicant’s vision, ideas, approach and plan regarding the research topic.
  • 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 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 and research plan in shortlisting of candidates. Incomplete applications will not be taking 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: 07.10.2020

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 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.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Prof. Jayaprakash Rajasekharan,, or to the Head of Department Ole-Morten Midtgård,

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere 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).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2020/26691 when applying.

Application deadline: 07.10.2020

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 Electric Power Engineering

The Department of Electric Power Engineering is one of the seven departments at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. Our department is Norway’s leading 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 universities and research organizations internationally. This gives us outstanding opportunities for interdisciplinary research with high relevance for the society, addressing industrial needs and global challenges.

Deadline 7th October 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Campus Gløshaugen

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