PhD Position, Connected to the PowerDig Project

Trondheim, Norway
14 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
18 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

There is a PhD position available at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management – section of Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research. 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 department endeavors to promote research that meets high International standards. Subsequently, contact with International institutions is important. Therefore, the department encourages the successful PhD Candidate to spend one to two semesters of the contract period at a foreign university. The department offers support in the planning of such scholarly visits.

About the position

This PhD project is part of the recently started research project: Digitalization of short-term resource allocation in power markets (PowerDig) that has as aim to propose market designs that are dynamic in temporal and spatial resolution to handle a higher share of renewables and address shortcomings in existing power markets related to both the allocation and pricing of flexibility, scarcity resources, and services related to the security of supply. The Project is led by NTNU, with research partners SINTEF and NHH as well as active industry partners: Statnett and Statkraft. It is a knowledge building project funded by the research council of Norway, its central objective is to understand how digitalization in market design and operation can enable flexibility provision and contribute to support large-scale integration of variable renewable generation.

This PhD position will study how digitalization and digital platforms enable new market designs at the different levels of the power system (neighbourhood, DSO, TSO, cross-border) and the interplay between these levels. The PhD project will develop methodologies to analyze power markets that take into consideration the creation of new flexibility products, the role of the TSO and spatial/time characteristics of balancing markets. Optimization models will be central in representing techno-economic features of the power market as well as to understand its effect to grid operations. Existing models at the department will provide an initial starting points and data to model and connect different layers of the power system.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct original scientific research relevant to the research topic above
  • Publish and disseminate research results obtained in a suitable and timely manner
  • The candidate must engage in the PowerDig project activities as required
  • Complete mandatory coursework during the initial part of the employment period
  • Meet with and plan research tasks in collaboration with relevant research and industrial partners from the PowerDig project

Required selection criteria

  • A relevant master’s degree in industrial engineering, energy economics or operations research area, preferably with knowledge in energy system modelling. A master’s degree in electric power engineering or related fields could also be relevant if the candidate has additional competence in power markets. 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 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.
  • Basic understanding of the functioning of power systems.
  • The position requires excellent English oral and writing skills.
  • Good knowledge optimization models, operations research methods, and mathematical programming. Knowledge in Stochastic Programming is an advantage.

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

  • Knowledge of Norwegian or other Scandinavian language
  • Documented knowledge of power markets or economic modelling.
  • Proficiency in at least one programming language, e.g. C++, Matlab Java, Python or Julia.

Recent graduates, or applicants who are in the final stage of their Master’s program, are encouraged to apply. Such an applicant may be offered the position under the condition that the diploma will show satisfactory final term results.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Incomplete applications will not be considered. This also applies to applications from candidates originating from countries covered by ITAR or “Electronic Code of Federal Regulations”

Personal characteristics

Personal qualifications which we see contributing positively to the research team are independence, work capacity and enthusiasm. We are also looking for candidates with social skills benefiting the work environment for the PhD candidates and in general.

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

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment with close links to industry
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Attractive Norwegian social welfare scheme including family benefits, home loans, Insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

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

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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 period of employment is 3 years without required teaching duties. 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.

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.

It is a precondition that the person appointed will have the same workplace as the main supervisor/ supervisory team.

About the application

The application must include:

  1. Application letter concerning your motivation for completing a PhD
  2. A CV with information on education, previous research experience, together with authorized documentation of certificates and study records.
  3. Academic work (not master thesis). 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 she/he contributed to the work.
  4. Names and contact details for 3 references

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates.

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.

In accordance with The Public 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 Professor Asgeir Tomasgard, or Senior Researcher Pedro Crespo del Granado.

For questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Hilde Selli Egelie on

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).

Application deadline: 18.01.2022

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 18th January 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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