PhD Candidate in Electric Power System Adaptation for Large Scale Hydrogen Production in Norway at NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the job

For a doctoral position, the objective is a complete doctoral training until obtaining a doctorate. The PhD student is part of “Sustainability and Integrated Assessment” in the FME HYDROGENi and will also collaborate closely with PhD students and related researchers in other parts of the center, and in particular within “Green H2 Production”. Hydrogen demand and energy system scenarios will align with findings from, for example, “Hydrogen Pathways 2050”. The Ph.D. builds on more than 20 years of experience in the field of renewable hydrogen systems at the Department of Electrical Engineering (IEL), NTNU.

The main supervisor of the doctoral student will be the associate professor. Steve Vollerand the co-supervisors will be the teacher Magnus Korpas and teacher Irina Oleinikova. In addition, cooperating partner co-supervisors may be appointed.

The position reports to the Head of Department.

Job duties

Recent decarbonization scenarios show extensive use of hydrogen in industry, transportation and energy systems around 2050, which will lead to increased pressure on the power system, as hydrogen production is an energy-intensive process. This PhD will address the energy system challenges expected as hydrogen generation comes online in the Nordic power system around 2050. Needs for new renewable energy generation and grids to support different generation scenarios Distributed and centralized hydrogen power plants are of particular importance. In addition, the doctoral student will assess the capacity of electrolysis plants to provide flexibility to the electrical system, and thus to add value to the hydrogen production and use chain.

The results of the thesis should be of great importance for energy companies and hydrogen producers, to better understand how hydrogen production can be integrated into the power system in a technically sound and economically feasible way.

Selection criteria required

  • You should have a master’s degree in electrical power engineering or physics with a specialization relevant to the given area of ​​research.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the Master’s program, or an equivalent background, equal to or better than B on the NTNU grading scale.
  • You must meet the conditions for admission to the doctoral program of the Faculty (
  • Good written and oral English skills. Applicants from non-English speaking countries outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland must provide preliminary documentation of English proficiency, in the form of an approved test. The following tests can be used: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for the appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Relevant work experience in hydrogen systems, energy modelling, holistic energy systems or similar is an advantage.
  • Relevant (non-)scientific publications, for example in popular science, showing the ability to communicate fluently.
  • Written and oral skills in Norwegian are an advantage. If you are not from a Scandinavian country, you can provide documentation of your skills (eg Norskprøven, Bergenstest).

Personal characteristics

  • Curious and motivated
  • Creativity and innovation in research
  • scientific mind
  • Ability to work in all traditional disciplines and easily connect with other researchers

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a doctoral student (code 1017) you are normally paid from NOK 501,200 per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The employment contract is for three years; however, there is a possibility of extension for up to four years if selected for assistantship.

Appointment to a doctoral position requires you to be admitted to the doctoral program in Electrical Power Engineering within three months of your employment and that you are participating in an organized doctoral program during the period of employment.

The commitment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Officials, and acts relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Applicants who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

It is a prerequisite to be present and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

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

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered solely on the basis of the information submitted by the application deadline. You should therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the criteria specified above.

The request must include:

  • A cover letter in which the candidate describes his personal motivation and his relevance to the requirements of this announcement.
  • A draft research proposal (1-2 pages) for the doctoral study, where you present your own ideas for the doctoral work and how it can be applied, based on the project description given in this advertisement. This proposal will not be final or binding for the project.
  • CV and certificates including information related to given qualifications.
  • Bachelor’s and master’s transcripts and diplomas. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted and add contact details for your supervisor.
  • A copy of the master’s thesis. If you have recently submitted your master’s thesis, you can attach a thesis project. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented prior to taking up the position.
  • Testimonials and certificates. Applicants from universities outside Norway are requested to send a diploma supplement ( or similar document, which describes in detail the study program and the rating system.
  • Name and contact details of three references.
  • Other relevant publications or research.

If all or part of your training was taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation on the extent and quality of all of your training, both bachelor’s and master’s, in addition to other graduate studies. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

We will consider working together. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in joint work, you should attach a brief description of your involvement.

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following the research quality assessment criteria according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity are our strength. We want to recruit people with different skills, backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to help solve our social responsibilities in education and research. We will facilitate the needs of our employees.

NTNU is actively working 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 Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great education opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development of the subject implies and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of candidates with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you wish to reserve an inscription on the public list of candidates, this must be justified. The evaluation will be done 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 Associate Professor Steve Voller, phone +47/73558933, email [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Bodil Vuttudal Wold, email: [email protected]

If you think this sounds interesting and matches 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: November 1, 2022.

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Electrical Engineering Department

The Department of Electrical Engineering is one of the seven departments of the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. Our department is the Norwegian leader in this field, and our vision is to be at the center of the digital and green transition. We have excellent collaboration with business and industry as well as with other universities and research organizations internationally. This gives us exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary research with high relevance to society, responding to industrial needs and global challenges.

Deadline November 1, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Temporary

place of service NTNU Gloshaugen Campus

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