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Two postdoctoral fellow positions within Flexibility Management and Energy Storage Planning in Local Power Systems

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, http://www.ntnu.edu/ie at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has vacancies for up to two 100% positions as Post Doctoral Researchers at Department of Electric Power Engineering (IEL) http://www.ntnu.edu/elkraft


The duration of the posts is up to 2 years.


Information about the department

Currently there are 9 professors and 8 associate professors at the department. In addition, there are 7 adjunct associate professors, 7 postdoctoral researchers, approx. 30 PhD students. Research activities are organized into two groups: Power systems and Power Technology.


Information about the positions

The available positions are linked to the new European H2020 project INVADE - Smart system of renewable energy storage based on INtegrated EVs and bAtteries to empower mobile, Distributed and centralised Energy storage in the distribution grid.


INVADE aims to deliver a Cloud based flexibility management system integrated with EVs and batteries empowering energy storage at mobile, distributed and centralised levels to increase renewables share in the smart distribution grid. The project integrates different components: flexibility management system, energy storage technologies, electric vehicles and novel business models. Within this project, the Department of Electric Power Engineering at NTNU is in charge of providing insights on planning and operating optimization of energy storage in connection with renewables, investment planning of grids, large scale integration of renewable energy sources in the distribution grids.


The postdoctoral fellows are expected to participate in the following tasks:

  • Analysis of the flexibility alternatives in distribution grids with high penetration of renewables and grid constraints

  • Assessment of the potential value of alternatives in the future with demand growth from EVs, renewables integration and distributed storage units

  • Energy storage units allocation/positioning and sizing algorithm (design and programming)

  • Design and program the flexibility management operation algorithm


The work will be performed in close cooperation with other researchers at the department as well as with the project partners.


For further information about the positions, please contact Associate Professor Hossein Farahmand by E-mail: Hossein.Farahmand@ntnu.no



Applicants must hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) within electrical engineering or similar and have a strong background in power system planning and operation.


Excellent analytical and communication skills are required.


The candidates must have an ability to work independently as well as in teams. 


Applicants currently enrolled in a PhD programme who expect to pursue the PhD degree before the date of appointment must forward documentation for the date of their final exam.


Appointments are made in accordance with the regulations in force regarding terms of employment for Post Doctoral Researchers issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a Post Doctoral researcher at NTNU. 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.


Salary conditions:

The position is in code 1352 Post doctor, salary grade 57–72 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 488 900 – 647 700 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 www.jobbnorge.no 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 020-2017.


    Deadline for applications: 2017-02-27







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