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PhD position at NTNU within Novel current interruption technologies in power networks, Norway


The Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100% position as a Research fellow at Department of Electric Power Engineering

The PhD appointment is for a term of 3 years without teaching assistance and up to 4 years including 25% of teaching assistance.

Information about the department

Currently there are 11 professors and 5 associate professors at the department. In addition, there are 3 adjunct professors and 3 adjunct associate professors, approx. 28 active PhD students, and 15 technical/administrative staff. Research activities are organized into two groups: Power systems and Power apparatus.

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

The PhD candidate will work within the chair of current interruption and switchgear technology and in close cooperation with partner research organizations on novel current interruption technologies. The focus of the study will be, depending on the background of the candidate, either on characteristics of switching arcs in very high-pressure gases or on the pre-strike behavior of SF– free medium voltage switching devices. The study includes both experimental investigations in high voltage and high current laboratory, and multi-physics simulations. Based on simulation and experimental results, the candidate will develop an appropriate model to describe the main physical processes and to determine the impact of different design parameters.


Applicants must hold a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) within electrical engineering or experimental physics and have a good background in one or several of the following areas: power apparatus, switchgear, high voltage engineering, plasma physics, multi-physics simulation and power system. Work experience in high voltage / high current laboratory is an advantage.

Excellent analytical and communication skills are required. The candidates must have an ability to work independently as well as in teams. 

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


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 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.

Applicants must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See for information about PhD studies at NTNU. Together with the application, include a description of the research work that is planned for completion during the period of the grant.

For further information about the position, please contact Professor Kaveh Niayesh by E-mail:


Salary conditions:

The position is in code 1017 Research fellow, salary grade 50–62 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 430 200 – 529 500 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2 % is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.



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


The appointment is subject to the conditions in effect at any time for employees in the public sector.

As far as possible, the State workforce should reflect the diversity of the population. Goals of our personnel policy therefore include a balanced distribution in terms of age and gender as well as recruitment of people of immigrant background. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply.
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 his or her name entered on the list of applicants.

The application with a CV and certified copies of diplomas and certificates must be sent electronically via this page 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). Mark the application IME-066-2015.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 10 December 2015

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