Associate Professor in Microgrids and Digitalization in Power Distribution

Trondheim, Norway
23 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) ( at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) invites applications for a full-time associate professorship in Microgrids and Digitalization in Power Distribution at the Department of Electric Power Engineering (IEL) (

Information about the Department

Currently there are 13 professors and 4 associate professors at the department. In addition, there are 6 adjunct professors, 4 postdoctoral researchers, approx. 30 PhD students and 15 technical and administrative staff.

Research activities are organized under two research groups: Power Systems Group and Power Technology Group. The department has a good laboratory infrastructure for research and education, as well as a mechanical workshop, supported by a technical staff of about 10 persons.

Fields of research and teaching

The Associate Professor will have responsibility for research and teaching within modern power system operation and control. The candidate is expected to do research within emerging topics such as design and analysis of microgrids, and digitalization in control and operation of power distribution networks.

Information and communication technology (ICT) becomes increasingly important with the digitalization of power grid operation. Modern distribution grids and microgrids must accommodate more distributed generation such as photovoltaic (PV) systems, and more electrical vehicles and energy storage systems. In this context, power electronics will also play an increasingly important role. The applicant must therefore possess professional qualifications and demonstrated scientific competence within topics such as:

  • Design and analysis of microgrids.
  • Dynamic modelling and simulation of power systems with a high share of power electronic devices, such as applied in microgrids and smart distribution grids.
  • Design, analysis and control of complex power systems; integrating ICT, power electronics and conventional power grid components.
  • Application of information technologies (such as blockchain) in operation and trade of electric power and energy.
  • Laboratory work, including design, control, implementation, and validation of power electronics applications for the grid integration of renewables and energy storage.
  • Real-time simulators with hardware-in-the-loop testing.

The position is presently attached to the Power Systems Research Group. The prospective candidate is expected to strengthen the research and educational activities of this Group in several of the above-mentioned fields of expertise; this is deemed vital for creating a scientific and technological basis for the realization of future intelligent electricity distribution systems.

The Associate Professor will have to take an active role in teaching and further development of the department’s courses in design and operation of smart grid power systems, and in the future development of courses in the field of digitalization in electric power systems, with a view to pedagogical excellence.

Responsibilities and duties

MSc and PhD candidates from the study programmes of the Faculty are expected to be competitive in the international job market. The Associate Professor will play a leading role in developing the educational profile in the field of microgrids and digitalization in power distribution, and in ensuring an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders. The Faculty’s study programmes are required to have a strong international profile, and as such the Associate Professor is expected to be able to contribute to the development of international alliances and collaboration. The Associate Professor is expected to teach relevant courses at all levels, and should supervise MSc and PhD students. Continuing education is included in the portfolio of educational activities of the Department. Given the growing needs for updating professionals in the power system field with respect to microgrids and digitalization in power distribution, the Associate Professor is expected to contribute to these activities.

The research activities of the Department rely crucially on external funding, and the development of educational programmes may also receive external funding. The Associate Professor is expected to work actively to secure research grants and funds from the Research Council of Norway, Nordic and European research and educational agencies, relevant industry partners, and other available sources. NTNU places great importance in projects under the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation, such as Horizon 2020. Thus, weightage in the selection process will be placed on experience in the acquisition and management of externally funded research projects.

Presently, the Department is heavily involved in the Centre for Intelligent Electricity Distribution (CINELDI,, which is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), established by the Norwegian Research Council. The Associate Professor is expected to take an active role in this Centre.

In addition to research and education, the Associate Professor is expected to be able to effectively disseminate relevant parts of her/his research to a wider audience.

The Associate Professor is expected to participate in the formal management of research, education, and other relevant areas of activity in agreement with the Head of Department.

The work place will be in Trondheim.


Applicants must hold a PhD relevant for the specified fields of research and teaching. The applicant will primarily be evaluated on the basis of scholarly achievements and research potential, teaching experience and teaching potential, communication skills, and leadership potential,as well as motivation and personal suitability.

The successful applicant must have a strong academic track record showing internationally competitive research, or demonstrate a clear potential to make a future international impact.

Documented teaching qualifications and experience will be considered a significant advantage. The applicant should demonstrate communication skills that qualify for excellent teaching, supervision, and dissemination.

Documented acquisition of external funding and experience with research leadership will be rated positively. A person employed in the category of Associate Professor will later have the possibility of applying for a full professorship.

Formal regulations

Academic staff employed without prior formal pedagogical qualifications in university-level teaching, are required to successfully complete a recognized course that gives the required pedagogical qualification within two years of appointment. NTNU offers such courses.

Language requirements

Proficiency in the English language should be documented. New members of the academic staff who do not already master a Scandinavian language are expected to achieve proficiency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language within three years. This proficiency should correspond to level three in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.


We can offer:

  • an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues
  • academic challenges
  • attractive schemes for home loans, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

NTNU wants to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations for State Employees and Civil Servants in Norway. The candidate must adhere to regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have her/his name entered on the list of applicants.

Further details about the position can be obtained from Prof. Kjetil Uhlen, or from the Head of Department, Prof. Ole-Morten Midtgård,

Salary Conditions

The position as Associate Professor follows code 1011, and is remunerated according to the wage levels

NOK 490 900 to NOK 722 000 a year. 2% of the salary will be deducted as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Requirements for the application

Applications are to be submitted electronically through this page ( Preferably, all attachments should be combined into a single file.

The application should contain:

  • CV including information pertaining to the given qualifications and a full list of publications with bibliographical references
  • Testimonials and certificates
  • The most important publications that are relevant for the evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications (maximum 10 publications)
  • A brief description of the scientific/technological relevance of the candidate's research
  • A research proposal for the first few years of employment (maximum 5 pages)
  • Information about the applicant’s pedagogical qualifications; see
  • Information about dissemination activities
  • Other documents which the applicant would find relevant

The applications will be evaluated by an international expert committee. The evaluation will take into account not only the accumulated academic production, but also the candidate’s potential for scientific development. Young researchers are therefore encouraged to apply. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews and trial lectures. Strategic considerations may be taken in the final selection of candidates.

Reference no: IE-002-2018.

Application deadline: March 9, 2018

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 147155
  • Internal ID IE-002-2018
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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