PhD Position and Intelligent Control of Onboard Electric Power Systems

Trondheim, Norway
19 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) is now launching a strategic research program called Digital Transformation with nine research projects. One of these projects is Autonomous All-Electric Passenger Ferries for Urban Water Transport (Autoferry). Succeeding with the Autoferry project requires a broad interdisciplinary approach and involves six PhD positions. The proposed PhD position here, as one of the six positions within Autoferry, focuses on the development of “All-electric power and propulsion”, and is affiliated with the Department of Marine Technology at the Faculty of Engineering. The place of work is in Trondheim.

Autonomous urban ferries will be powered fully electrically with onboard battery packs. The onboard power system, including charging equipment, will be operated with efficient power electronics. The proposed PhD position, with focus on the electrification, includes modeling, optimal design, and control of electric power and propulsion systems. Intelligent power and energy management shall be designed to ensure optimal energy profile of the system and online monitoring of battery packs. The power and propulsion system and the charging process will then be embedded in a digital infrastructure for online data acquisition and communication.

The PhD work will be carried out in an interdisciplinary research environment in collaboration with other research groups at NTNU and with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The PhD student will work under the supervision of professors from the Department of Marine Technology and the Department of Engineering Cybernetics. Having worked as part of a cross-disciplinary team and within an innovative project, it would be a great opportunity for those who are passionate about learning.


We are seeking an outstanding, highly motivated individual with a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Control Engineering/Cybernetics, Marine Technology, Mathematical Science or a similar relevant area. Preference will be given to applicants with documented knowledge of automatic control, power electronics, optimization and dynamical systems modeling. The successful candidate should be motivated for fundamental scientific research and be able to work both independently and with other researchers as part of an international team.

Academic results, publications, relevant background knowledge, relevant research/work experience, personal qualifications, English language skills (written and oral), and motivation will be considered when evaluating the applicants.

The applicants are required to provide:

  • a CV containing information about education, exams, previous relevant work/research experience, and publications (if available).
  • certified copies of grade transcripts,
  • a brief research statement (preferably one page) elaborating potential ideas for realizing the project’s goals, including how the candidate’s competence will benefit the project,
  • and names and contact information of at least 2 references.
  • Other documents, which the applicant would find relevant, may also be enclosed.

For further information, see Autonomous All-Electric Passenger Ferries for Urban Water Transport (Autoferry).


PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 436 900 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.

The appointment is for a term of 3 years without teaching duties, or up to 4 years including 25% of teaching duties.

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Mehdi Zadeh, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU, Trondheim. Email:

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The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.

The application

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at Mark the application with SO IV-146/18.

Application deadline is May 27, 2018

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Department of Marine Technology
  • Jobbnorge ID 151497
  • Internal ID 2018/11652
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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