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PhD positions at Department of Electric Power Engineering within power systems research, Norway


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

Information about the department

Currently there are 13 professors and 4 associate professors at the department. In addition

there are 6 adjunct professors, 4 postdoctoral researchers, approx. 25 active PhD students, and 15 technical/administrative staff. Research activities are organized into two groups; Power systems and Electric 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.


Information about the positions

The first position is within "Model-based design for the topology optimization of HVDC grids”. The position is for a three years period and is part of the IDeCON research project. The IDeCON project is developed in the field of offshore energy systems. It will create internationally competitive and highly multidisciplinary competence in the strategic area of design, control and optimization of offshore grids. It is supported by the Norwegian Research Council and external partners such DNV GL, Tecnalia Research and Innovation and The University of Nottingham.

The second position is within "Methods for understanding and communicating uncertainties and risk related to extraordinary events". The position is for a three years period as a part of the research project “Analysis of extraordinary events in power systems (HILP)”, coordinated by SINTEF Energy Research. The objective of the HILP project is to develop methods and tools for analyzing risk and vulnerability related to extraordinary events in the power system. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, and the TSOs Statnett and Fingrid.


Work description

PhD project: Model-based design for the topology optimization of HVDC grids

The PhD candidate will work on the topological development of offshore HVDC grids.

In particular, the selected candidate is expected to develop a set of flexible simulation models of realistic HVDC offshore grids for the different test cases (multiterminal/meshed HVDC grids with wind farm interconnections). It will analyze relevant scenarios for offshore grid connection, including both the extension of existing installations and the design of completely new offshore grids. As a final goal the project will provide guidelines for the design of offshore HVDC grids, taking into account operational (and stability) constraints for the different cases analyzed.

As an integral part of the PhD programme, the PhD Candidate will spend a 6-month research period in Bilbao, Spain, at the premises of Tecnalia Research & Innovation.

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

PhD project: Methods for understanding and communicating uncertainties and risk related to extraordinary events

The PhD candidate will work on assessments and analysis of so-called High impact, low probability (HILP) events in power systems, i.e. events that may lead to widespread blackouts. In particular, the selected candidate is expected to develop methods for understanding and communicating uncertainties and risk related to such extraordinary events. The objective is to identify suitable risk- and vulnerability indicators and propose methods for presentation and communication of uncertainties. By combining knowledge about risk analysis and power system reliability assessments, and analyzing previous events, a final goal in the PhD project could be to develop suitable risk indicators for visualization of risk related to such events.


For further information about the position, please contact Adjunct professor Gerd Kjølle by E-mail:



Applicants must hold a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) within electrical engineering and have a good background in one or several of the following areas: Power electronics, power systems, multi-variable optimization. Applicants enrolled at a Master programme who expect to graduate before the date of appointment must forward documentation for the date of their final exam.

Excellent analytical and communication skills are required.

Programming and experimental skills are merited for the first position.

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. Please indicate clearly which of the two positions you apply for.


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.


The PhD positions are expected to start in summer 2016.


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.


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 007-2016.

Further Information

Application Deadline : 1 March 2016

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