Postdoctoral Fellow in Hydrogen Safety

07 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
13 Apr 2023
Contract Type
Full Time
Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a two-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Hydrogen Safety at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Safety, Economics and Planning. 

The objective of the position is to strengthen research, and to give researchers/scholars holding a doctoral degree the opportunity for further qualification toward top academic positions.

The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be affiliated with the competence building project for the industry, alled Safe hydrogen fuel handling and use for efficient implementation 2 (SH2IFT-2).

The University of Bergen leads the research work in the workpackage that the Postdoctoral Fellow will be working on, and the position will collaborate closely with the personnel within the workpackage as well with the project in general. The Postdoctoral fellow will be involved in studies of strength of knowledge related to various methods and techniques of safety assessments of hydrogen systems. 

The qualifying project will be carried out at the University of Stavanger. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the academic community.

Information about SH2IFT-2 and the postdoctoral project

Hydrogen is an important vector in the ongoing transition to renewable energy sources. Insufficient knowledge about critical safety aspects related to large scale rollout of hydrogen technologies constitutes a considerable bottleneck for industry, government, end users and the general public.

SH2IFT-2 aims to close critical knowledge gaps identified by stakeholders from industry and government through development and redevelopment of existing modelling tools, leak-, fire- and explosion experiments of various scale, but also research based input to guidelines for safe use of hydrogen. Please see here for more information about the project.

The post.doc-project is integrated in workpackage 3 Risk assessment and strength of knowledge. This workpackage cooperates closely with the other workpackages and uses experimental set-ups, simulation activities and studies in the preparation of blind predictions of consequences assessments and risk assessments. The work is based on system descriptions and defined scenarios, which we develop together with the consortium (researchers and industry participants). The overall goal is to assess strength of knowledge in typical safety analyses for hydrogen systems assumed implemented in societies (e.g. transport or industrial facilities).

It is important that the candidate has foundational scientific knowledge of measurement tools for safety, such as risk analysis, system theoretical safety analyses, consequence analysis and performance analysis. It is paramount that the postdoctoral fellow will take part in the organization and follow up blind prediction studies, in which representatives from the research and user partners carry out assessments. These assessments will be predictions of experiments and risk analysis of hypothetical hydrogen systems. The analytical tools must be seen in conjunction with large scale implementation in society.

The final project description and progress plan are drawn up in consultation with the supervisor (s) during the first three months of the employment period. It is a prerequisite that you complete the project during the employment period.

Qualification requirements

You must have a ph.d. with a specialisation relevant for the project. In your application you must describe this relevance and what you expect to contribute with based on your qualifications.The ph.d. thesis must have been submitted for evaluation within the application deadline for the position and approved before accession.

The following will also be considered an advantage:

  • Knowledge of foundational issues with risk, safety, consequence and performance analyses.
  • Experience with hydrogen safety and its use as an energy carrier
  • Experience with technical safety systems and the underlying design premises and analyses
  • Analytical abilities regarding safety related issues
  • Ability to critically reflect upon concepts and models applied in safety assessments

You must have good command of both oral and written English.

    In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasised:

    • submitted scientific work and your personal skills for completing the project within the timeframe
    • international experience and network
    • qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialisation of research
    • good teamwork, communication skills and ability to participate in research communities across organisational units
    • ability to work independently in a structured manner
    • motivation, sense of responsibility and accountability, work capacity and enthusiasm for research
    We offer
    • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
    • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
    • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.510, code 1352, NOK 530.000 - 590.000 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
    • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
    • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the university sports club, SiS sports club at campus
    • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
    • Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work
    • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced.
    • relocation programme
    • language courses: On this page you can see which language courses you may be entitled to (look up language courses under employment conditions)

    University of Stavanger values independence, involvement and innovation. Diversity is respected and considered a resource in our work and learning environment. Universal design characterises physical and digital learning environments, and we strive to provide reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities.

    You are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.

    The university aims to recruit more women within the subject area. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, female applicants will be given priority.

    Contact information

    More information on the position (and the full project description) can be obtained from Head of Department Tore Markeset, tel +4751832191, email: or Professor Ove Nj , tel: +4751832268, email:

    Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR advisor Margot A.Treen, tel: +4751831419, e-mail:


    To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In the application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position. The application letter must contain a description of how you can contribute to the specific postdoctoral project, see above link for more information about SH2IFT-2.

    The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

    • CV with a full summary of your education and experience that includes transcripts and certificates.
    • documentation of approved ph.d. If you have not completed the ph.d., you may enclose a confirmation from the institution on the expected date of obtaining the doctoral degree. 
    • complete list of academic publications with information on where they are published. You may also upload up to 5 publications. You shall include your ph.d. thesis as one of the specific publications.
    • transcripts and certificates, and other documentation that you consider relevant

    Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge 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 documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. 

    Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

    UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.

    General information

    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. If your application is considered to be in conflict with the criteria in the latter legislation, it will be rejected without further assessment.

    Employment as Postdoctoral Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident".

    Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. Based on the committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.

    UiS has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

    It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

    The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.

    UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

    The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 2,200 employees. The university has high ambitions. We strive to have an innovative and international profile, and be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Our common direction is driven by consideration for green and sustainable change and equitable social development, through new ways of managing natural resources and facilitating better cities and local communities. Energy, health and welfare, learning for life are our focus areas.

    In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into six faculties comprising various departments/schools and National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. We are a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university is located in the most attractive region in the country with more than 300,000 inhabitants. The Stavanger region has a dynamic labour market and exciting cultural and leisure activities.

    Together with our staff and students we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

    The Faculty of Science and Technology offers study programs at bachelor, master and doctoral level. The faculty has established close cooperation on research with NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre AS) and the regional industry. A number of master's and doctoral theses are made in collaboration with the industry. The faculty has established research collaborations with universities in the US and Europe, and has developed several academic environments that are at the forefront internationally.The faculty has about 2,800 students and approximately 500 employees at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Safety, Economics and Planning.

    The Department of Safety, Economics and Planning has one of Norway's most active research environments within Risk Management, Societal Safety, Industrial Economics and Urban Planning. The environment is internationally recognised with many externally funded projects and extensive networks. The department has approximately 100 employees with backgrounds in, among other things, engineering, economics, science, sociology and social sciences, and is characterised by extensive interdisciplinary collaboration. More than 900 students are associated with study programs at Bachelor, Master's and PhD level in the disciplines of Societal Safety, Industrial Economics, Urban Planning, Risk Analysis (the last two are international Master's programs), as well as in Customs and border management. In addition, an experience-based master's degree in Risk Management and Safety Management  is offered in the continuing education program.

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