Professor/Associate Professor in Optimal Energy System Integration

About the position

The Department of Eng. Cybernetic (ITK) at NTNU is opening a permanent  Professor or Associate Professor position in Energy System Integration, with a primary focus on the electrification of the Norwegian offshore economy. The position is supported for the 5 first years by the company Equinor, and will be connected to multiple large industrial and academic actors.

Norway has a unique position in the green transition. Nearly 98% of its onshore electric energy needs are covered by renewable energy, and it is a leader in electric mobility. Norway is also the creator of the Nord Pool pan-European electric power trading system, and all its onshore consumers have access to the spot market.

Norway has now the ambition to decarbonize its offshore activities and develop its post-fossil economy. Large research and industrial resources are being committed to tackle this
challenge. The optimal integration of multiple and complex offshore energy assets and their interaction with the onshore power system will be at the core of the solution. In this position you and your research group will be part of the workforce created to develop it.

This position will be part of a large research department with leading activities and expertise in optimization, data-driven methods, big data and AI. You will be integrated in a large
research center dedicated to the offshore electrification and benefit from a fast access to a large academic and industrial network. You will be a crucial representative of the department in research on the digitalization of electric energy.

The position will have strong connections to the Department of Electric Energy and seek tight collaborations and joint projects with it. The ambition is to accelerate the digitalization of electric energy via a harmonious integration of the respective expertise. We will also seek strong collaborations with the Department of Computer Science.

Your immediate leader is Head of Department of Engineering Cybernetics.

Duties of the position

The selected candidate for this position will be responsible for

  • Creating and leading a research group in Energy System Integration at ITK
  • Attracting external research funding
  • Supervising PhD students
  • Achieving excellence in publications and a strong international visibility
  • Collaborating internally at the Department of Eng. Cybernetic
  • Collaborating with external industrial and academic partners including the Department of Electric Energy at NTNU
  • Attracting new industrial partners to the Department of Eng. Cybernetic and creating new collaborative research
  • Promoting the competence of ITK on energy integration
  • Responsible for education on sustainability in the ITK study programs

Required qualifications 


You must have the qualifications required for the position of Professor in the field of Automatic Control, Process Optimization or Energy System Optimization, as outlined in § 1-2 of the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • Your scientific experience must be primarily in the field of Automatic Control,
    Process Optimization or Energy System Optimization (or a comparable relevant field)
    Relevant fields include:
    o Distributed energy systems management
    o Energy economics
    o Optimal control, distributed optimization
    o Operational research
    o Model Predictive Control
    o Data-driven / AI-driven optimal control
  • In addition to the requirements for basic educational competence, you must also document: 
    • The development of the quality of your own teaching and supervision of students over time 
    • Broad experience as a supervisor, preferably at a master’s/PhD level 
    • Participation in improving the quality of education in a professional environment 

Associate professor: 

You must have the qualifications required for the position of Associate Professor (førsteamanuensis) or higher in the field of Automatic Control, Process Optimization or Energy System Optimization as outlined in in the regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts 

  • Your PhD, or comparable academic work, must be within the field of Energy System Integration or a comparable relevant field. Relevant academic fields include:
    o Smart grid, distributed energy systems
    o Energy economics
    o Optimal control, distributed optimization
    o Operational research
    o Model Predictive Control
    o Data-driven / AI-driven optimal control
  • You must evidence a substantial and high-quality publication record, preferably in
    high-level journal and conferences

Applicable to all:  

You must document relevant basic competence in teaching and supervision at a university/higher education-level, as referenced in the Norwegian national Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you will be required to complete an approved course in university pedagogy within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses. 

New employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language by appointment is required, within three years, to demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three of the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.  

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience with industrial collaborations
  • Supervision of MSc students and / or PhD students
  • Experience with writing research funding applications
  • Research experience beyond the PhD (postdoc or equivalent) is desired
  • International research experience is a plus

Personal qualities

  • Team player
    - Very collaborative, enthusiasm for multi-disciplinary research 
    - Fair, honest, respectful and transparent 
    - Open and adaptive 
  • Good communicator
    - Excellent and energetic communicator, with enthusiasm for research
    - Communicates their understanding and motivation to the students about the given field

  • Problem solver with leadership skills, organizer

    Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities. 

We offer 

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

Salary and conditions

As a Professor (code 1013 ) you are normally paid from gross NOK 760 000 – NOK 980 000 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. As a Associate Professor  (code 1011 ) you are normally paid from gross NOK 615 000 – NOK 775 000 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniorityAs required by law, 2% of this salary will be deducted and paid into the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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. 

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

About the application

Your application and supporting documentation must be in English. 

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

Your application must include:

  • CV, diplomas, and certificates
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presented systematically,   (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU)
  • Academic works that you wish to be considered during assessment of your application
    (up to 20 items), including platform (journal / conference name), date of publication,
    and authorship details
  • A description of the scientific/artistic works you consider most relevant, which you particularly wish to be factored into the assessment
  • A research proposal for the position
  • If applicable: Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on financing, duration, and scope
  • Names and contact information for three relevant referees

You are encouraged to use the Universities Norway’s NOR-CAM toolbox as a guide for  documentation of your competence.

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a joint project, you must include evidence of your contributions.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. Our assessment of the pedagogical skills will be based on documented pedagogical material, forms of presentation in your academic works, teaching experience, PhD, and Masters supervision, and any other relevant pedagogical background. Both quality and scope will be taken into consideration, and an open scientific practice will be recognized.

NTNU is obliged by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA and The obligations in the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment ( CoARA) on responsible assessment of research and recognition of a  wider range of academic contributions to science and society. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee. Candidates of interest will be invited to an interview, and to deliver a trial teaching session.

Your application will be considered by an expert committee. Candidates of interest will be invited to an interview, and to deliver a trial teaching session.

General information

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

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 continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

For the sake of transparency, candidates will be given the expert evaluation of their own and other candidates. As an applicant you are considered part of the process and is stipulated to rules of confidentiality.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Sebastien Gros, e-mail you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 29.02.2024.


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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Engineering Cybernetics (ITK)

Engineering cybernetics is the study of automatic control and monitoring of dynamic systems. We develop the technologies of tomorrow through close cooperation with industry and academia, both in Norway and internationally. The Department contributes to the digitalization, automation and robotization of society. The Department of Engineering Cybernetics is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

Deadline 29th February 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service O. S. bragstads plass, 7030 Trondheim

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