PhD Position within Wind Power Integration into an Offshore Oil and Gas Microgrid

Trondheim, Norway
11 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
16 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE), at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100% position (3 years) as a PhD student at the Department of Electric Power Engineering (IE) The described PhD position is part of the research within the “Innovative hybrid energy system for stable power and heat supply in offshore oil and gas installation (HES-OFF)” project. HES-OFF is a joint research project between NTNU and two industrial partners: Prototech AS and Lundin AS.

Information about the department of Electric Power Engineering

Currently there are 12 Professors, 7 Associate Professors and 4 Lecturers at the Department of Electric Power Engineering. In addition, there are 4 Adjunct Professors, 2 Adjunct Associate Professors, 9 Postdoctoral researchers, 3 Researchers, about 35 PhD students, and 15 technical/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 10 persons.

The department has a wide range of teaching responsibilities, ranging from fundamental education in electric power engineering for other engineering students, Master’s programs in Energy and Environment, International MSc programs within Electric Power Engineering and Wind Energy, as well as PhD education and continuing education.

Work description

Due to the very high greenhouse gas emissions caused by the oil and gas industry in Norway, there is a strong commitment to identifying and implementing more sustainable solutions. The HES-OFF project aims at exploiting offshore wind energy to supply power to an oil and gas platform, concurrently with a traditional gas turbine. The overall scope of the project is to prove the feasibility of this hybrid system, optimizing the operation of all its different components, where the main challenge from an electrical standpoint is the need to ensure the stable and efficient operation of the isolated grid, despite the high intermittency of the wind energy resource.

Currently, there is one vacant PhD position available at NTNU within the field of “Wind power integration into an offshore oil and gas microgrid: from design to small-scale validation”.

The successful PhD candidate is expected to model the offshore grid (including the wind-turbine, the traditional gas turbine, a fuel cell system used as energy storage, and the interconnecting electrical infrastructure) and subsequently design control strategies for the operability of the microgrid under both normal and contingency conditions. In particular, a close cooperation is expected with a Post Doc candidate at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, working on detailed modeling and optimization of the gas turbine operation in order to coordinate and integrate simulation models of the different subsystems.

An integral part of the PhD project will be the testing of the proposed microgrid design and control solutions through Hardware in the Loop testing at the National Smart Grid Laboratory of NTNU.


Applicants must hold a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) within electrical engineering and have a strong background in power system stability and control of power electronic systems. Experience with Hardware-in-the-Loop testing (especially with OPAL-RT) will be an advantage. Scientific publications in relevant international journals and conferences are merited.

The candidates must have excellent analytical and collaboration skills as well as an ability to work independently as well as in team.

Applicants are required to submit a one-page research proposal within the proposed research area.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

(CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Formal regulations for PhD

Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms of employment for PhD candidates issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at NTNU. Applicants must undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. The person who is appointed must comply with the conditions that apply at any time to employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment.

Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See for information about PhD studies at NTNU.


We can offer

  • an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues
  • academic challenges
  • attractive schemes for housing loan, insurance and pension in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

High motivation and good analytical and communication skills will be emphasized in the employment process.

Diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, regardless of gender, disability, and cultural background. NTNU wishes to increase the number of women in its workforce, and women are specifically encouraged to apply.

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. 

The application with a CV and certified copies of diplomas and certificates must be sent electronically via with information about education, scientific experience including a list of relevant publications (including a brief description of your contribution if this is not obvious) and other relevant work experience (all in one combined PDF file).

Salary conditions

The PhD position is in code 1017 Research fellow, and is remunerated at a gross NOK 436 900 – 537 700 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Requirements for the application

Applications are to be submitted electronically through this page (

The application should contain (all in one combined PDF file):

  • A one-page research proposal within the proposed research area.
  • CV.
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates.
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.
  • Publications relevant to the research scope and any other work which the applicant wishes to be taken into account should clearly state the applicant’s contribution. A short summary should be attached outlining the applicant’s input to joint work.
  • List of scientific publications.
  • Names and contact information of at least two references.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

The PhD position is expected to start in summer 2018.

For further information about position, please contact Professor Elisabetta Tedeschi by e-mail:

Please mark your application with the correct IE-number.


Deadline for applications: May 16, 2018

About this job

  • Deadline Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 151140
  • Internal ID 2018/11280
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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