PhD Position in Building Integrated Photovoltaics

Trondheim, Norway
28 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Jun 2018
AD - 2018/11136
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

One PhD candidate position (3 years or 4 years if teaching at the department is to be included) is available at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Architecture and Technology, in the Energy and Environment group.

Anticipated commencement for the position: 1st of September 2018, in agreement with the Department.

Information about the Department and Group

The Department of Architecture and Technology has 65 employees, and is organised in four research and teaching groups: Building Materials and Constructions, Building conservation and Transformation, Form, and Energy and Environment. Currently, the Energy and Environment group consists of 20 scientific staff. Research activities within the group range from building physics to building energy use and energy efficiency, indoor environment, integrated energy design, solar energy in architecture, lighting and daylighting, environmental performance of buildings to low emission refurbishment of built environment. The group has been strongly involved in the Norwegian FME Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) (, now is involved in the Zero Emission Neighbourhoods (ZEN) ( and is also involved in the Norwegian FME Sustainable Solar Technology In addition participates in various national and international projects, e.g. IEA Tasks or EBC Annexes as well as international lighting and colour associations i.e. CIE and AIC. The group has also tight collaboration with SINTEF Building and Infrastructure. The group has well equipped Daylight laboratory and access to SINTEF laboratories.

Research project description

The research project is funded by the Norwegian Research Centre for Sustainable Solar Cell Technology, which have been officially open in Mai 2017.

The title "Building Integrated Photovoltaics" is tentative and may become more specific during the process. 

The aim of the project is to develop (or redevelop) and examine ideas and methods for building integration of one of the most promising green technologies, that is photovoltaic technology. Up to now, the PVs have been located mostly on roofs of existing buildings, but the total building roof area in modern towns is not sufficient and not always available; facades have to be utilized as well. On the other side, the integration of PVs in urban context is challenging. The typical for traditional PVs glossy and dark-blue or black colour appears often as intrusive and hostile, the geometric format of many photovoltaic modules is difficult to apply on existing buildings, etc…

There is a need to find better solutions for smooth and harmonic building integration of PV-products, especially the ones developed in the frame of the FME SUSOLTECH.

The project is to be carried out in collaboration with Glass and Façade and other partners of SUSOLTECH. In addition to this, different forms of collaborations with international universities and research centres are planned, hopefully through one of the IEA Tasks.

Work description

The PhD-study implies advanced studies in the field of visual perception and architectural/urban design as well as photometry and lighting technology.

The research activities will be carried out first in the Daylighting lab at NTNU where colour, gloss, translucency and texture of collected solar cell samples has to be technically measured and visually examined. Especially the luminance and colour contrasts have to be carefully estimated for different settings and observation conditions

Architectural consideration and successive design approximation will be done after the lab studies heading at developing of a general design guidelines for BIPV for practicing architects and engineers. It will be done by testing of a series of previously prepared alternatives and analysing the results.

A smaller number of especially successive products and/or building integration ideas will be hopefully tested in full-scale in the urban context.

The successful applicant will spend a part of the time with industrial partners and will have the possibility to spend a part of his time at a foreign research institution.


A highly motivated candidate with a high-grade (minimum character B) Master's degree (or equivalent) within architectural design or related fields (see details below) is encouraged to apply.


  • MSc in architecture, urban planning, architectural engineering and/or building technology,
  • A very good understanding of urban and architectural context  
  • Good analytical skills
  • A high level of personal responsibility
  • Excellent communication skills, especially with project partners/industry
  • Good ability to work in a team
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiatives


  • Experience with laboratory and/or experimental activities.
  • Previous research activities.
  • Ability to guide Master students in relevant topics.
  • Fluent Scandinavian (written and spoken language) is an advantage in relation to teaching activities/faculty duties

The application

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. The relevant applicants should send, through the dedicated page on, the following documents: motivation letter, CV, grade transcripts, a short project description of about 2-3 pages, and other enclosures such as recommendation letters and scientific publications. 

Further information about the position may be obtained from Barbara Szybinska Matusiak, Department of Architecture and Technology, NTNU, Trondheim. Email:

Application should not be sent to this email address but submitted via the dedicated link at the top-right corner of the vacancy notice on the NTNU website ("Søk stillingen"). 

Terms of employment

The individual employed as PhD Candidate will be remunerated in code 1017 in the Norwegian State salary scale. PhD candidates are normally remunerated at salary level 50, gross NOK 436 900 before tax. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from the gross wage. 

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. See for more information. 

Anticipated commencement for the position: 1st of September 2018, in agreement with the Department.

The successful applicant will be employed full-time by NTNU for a fixed period of three years. The appointment may be prolonged, for activities not linked to the PhD thesis development (such as teaching assistance, different tasks in support of the educational activities of the Department/Faculty, collaboration to other research projects), up to 1 additional year.

The engagement as a PhD candidate is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and in particular in accordance with the "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 employee is obliged to follow the regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at the University.

Diversity is important to achieve a good and inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.

Applicants must apply electronically within June 1, 2018 through this page. Relevant certificates must be submitted electronically.

Application should be marked AD - 2018/11136

In accordance with new regulations, public information concerning the applicant will be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included on the list of applicants.

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Institutt for arkitektur og teknologi
  • Jobbnorge ID 152158
  • Internal ID AD - 2018/11136
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Permanent

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