Research assistant for the Project, Resource Efficiency and Climate Change

Trondheim, Norway
19 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol), Department of Energy and Process Engineering (EPT) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is seeking a research assistant in the project “Resource Efficiency and Climate Change”, where the objective is assessing the contribution of material efficiency strategies in buildings, transport infrastructure and vehicles for mitigation of climate change and biodiversity loss. The primary task of the research assistant is to support data collection, modeling, and analysis/presentation of results. In addition, the candidate would support the project leader in coordination tasks. The modeling makes use of engineering tools such as EnergyPlus, life cycle assessment, and dynamic material flow analysis through the ODYM-RECC model. We are looking for a recent graduate in industrial ecology, physics, mathematics, engineering, or applied economics/statistics who has skills in programming, data processing, and/or engineering analysis.

Duration of the position is 18 months.

You will report to Professor Edgar Hertwich.

Duties of the position

  • Data collection and model development, including programming in python or MatLab
  • Modelling, analysis of results, and documentation
  • Drafting of scientific reports and articles
  • Assisting in project coordination

Required selection criteria

The position as Research Assistant should give you the opportunity to gain insight into scientific or artistic work and method. The assignments are at an academic level and must consist of scientific or artistic assistance.

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.

  • Completed master's degree
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • Competence in life cycle assessment and/or material flow analysis og strong programming skills (e.g., Python, GAMS, R, MatLab, GIS or similar)
  • Evidence of an interest in the research, articulated in a cover letter or research proposal
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Preferred selection criteria

  • It is considered a strength of the candidate also speaks a Scandinavian language
  • It is considered a strength if the candidate has prior knowledge of industrial ecology, civil, energy or materials engineering, economics, or operations research
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

  • Selv-motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated
  • Ability to solve technical tasks independently
  • Ability to collaborate good with others
  • Good communication skills

We offer

Salary and conditions

Research assistants are remunerated in code 1020 depending on competence, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 407 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority.

Duration of the position is 18 months.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. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English (ta stilling til dette)

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Research plan or project proposal
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

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.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Edgar Hertwich, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Renate Fjellheim, e-mail:

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 IV-249/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 09.12.2021

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 Energy and Process Engineering

We conduct research and teaching covering the entire energy chain, from resources to the end-user. We look at how energy is produced and used by humans and machines in a sustainable way with regard to health, climate change and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 9th December 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen