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Postdoctoral Fellow in Model-Based Design for Sustainable Onboard Power Systems

Trondheim, Norway
NOK 594 500 per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

About the job

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

The Department of Marine Technology seek a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Marine Electrification Lab at NTNU and contribute to the development of sustainable maritime transport. This research, initiated by the Horizon Europe FLEXSHIP project (, focuses on the design and demonstration of large-scale battery systems for electrified ship propulsion. You will join a team of world-leaders in developing innovative solutions to accelerate the green transition in maritime transport. 

The system design and integration of marine hybrid power systems involves a multi-disciplinary approach incorporating onboard power systems and power electronics, control- and management systems, and vessel integration. Your Postdoctoral research will be centered around the development and testing of control systems such as power and energy management systems using a cutting-edge model-based design approach. The developed controllers will be integrated into the vessel’s Green Digital Twin, a virtual replica for optimization and virtual verification. Ultimately, the solutions will be tested and validated onboard vessels and in real operations. 

Your immediate leader are your supervisor and the Head of the Department.

Duties of the position

  • Conduct original, cutting-edge research on the onboard hybrid power systems and model-based design, aiming for publication in top-tier journals.
  • Collaborate actively within the research team and with external project partners.
  • Participate in a range of research activities, including developing and testing control systems through laboratory and experimental work, data collection and analysis, and model simulations.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research findings through scientific publications, project reports, presentations, and other communication channels.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, or related fields. 
  • If you can document that the PhD thesis has been submitted, your application can be assessed even if you have not yet defended your dissertation. Documentation of the obtained doctoral degree must be presented before you can take up the position. 
  • Relevant background and experience in one or more of the following disciplines: control systems, electrification, onboard power electronics, power and energy management, and electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems. 
  • Experience with research methodologies, data analysis, and scientific writing.
  • Publication record in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Proficiency in system modeling, analysis, applied control, and model-based design. 
  • Experience and interest in experimental and laboratory work.
  • Relevant experience from industry and/or working with multilateral projects. 

Personal characteristics

  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability and motivation to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment.
  • Eagerness to learn and expand knowledge in other relevant fields within a cross-disciplinary research environment.
  • Excellent communication skills, positive attitude, and strong interest in teamwork.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 594 500 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 2 years. 

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 

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must be attached to 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.  

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. 

The application must include: 

  • CV and certificates.
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees. If you have not yet completed your Ph.D., you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the doctoral thesis (if available). If you are close to submitting, or have recently submitted your thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 items)
  • Name and contact information of three referees. 

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well. 
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 and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

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 

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 at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

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.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Prof. Mehdi Zadeh, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Senior Executive Officer HR Marit Gjersvold, 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: 26.06.2024 



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 Marine Technology

We develop methods and technology related to the blue economy: oil and gas extraction at sea, ship technology and the equipment industry, fisheries and aquaculture. We also have a strong commitment to the development of sustainable solutions for offshore renewable energy, coastal infrastructure, and marine robotics. Marine technology helps to solve major global challenges related to the environment, climate, energy, food and efficient transport. The Department of Marine Technology is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 26th June 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Jonsvannsveien 82, 7050 Trondheim

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