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PhD position at Department of Electric Power Engineering within "Power system protection in a smartgrid perspective”.


The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, http://www.ntnu.edu/ieat the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a 100% position (3 years) as a Research fellow at Department of Electric Power Engineering (IEL) http://www.ntnu.edu/elkraft.


Information about the department of Electrical Power Engineering

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.


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

Within the KPN project "Power system protection in a smartgrid perspective - ProSmart" www.ntnu.edu/prosmart at NTNU there is one vacant PhD position.


The ProSmart project addresses power system protection challenges in the future power system. The core of the project will be to utilize communication technology to improve autonomous protection of distributed sources and wide-area monitoring to reduce the risk of blackouts. The project will address the areas of distributed sources, wide-area protection, communication, system robustness, security and performance, and demonstration labs. The project will fund four PhD project in total. Three other PhD positions are recently occupied. These are 1) Protection with distributed generation, 2) Wide-area protection, and 3) Communication for protection purposes.


PhD project: Protection system integration and performance

This forth project will deal with the integration of relaying and communication in a protection system. The project has established a real-time simulation environment (OPAL-RT) with process and station bus capabilities (IEC 61850), and part of the work can be practical hardware in loop testing. Adaptive power system protection can be a case for testing the protection system performance. The project will also investigate beneficial system information structures and algorithms from optimal data sharing. Possible elements;

  • Instrument transformers, sensors, transducers, and merging units

  • Data concentrators, protocol converters, and vector processors

  • Exchange of information between relays and control centres

  • Correct power system protection and control performance – Security 


Applicants must hold a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) within electrical engineering alternatively cybernetics or telematics and have knowledge about power system protection.


There will be a total of four PhD students working partly together in the over-all project both in power systems and in telecommunication. The ability to work in team and good communication skills will therefore be emphasized in the employment process.


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.


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 must be qualified for admission as PhD students at NTNU. See https://www.ntnu.edu/ie/research/phdfor information about PhD studies at NTNU. Applicants are required to submit a one-page research proposal within the proposed research area.


High motivation and good analytical and communication skills will be emphasized in the employment process.


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

Further information can be obtained from:

Professor Hans Kristian Høidalen, hans.hoidalen@elkraft.ntnu.no


Salary conditions

The position is in code 1017 Research fellow, salary grade 50–62 in the Norwegian State salary scale, gross NOK 435 100 – 535 500 per year, depending on qualifications. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to 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).


Please mark your application with the correct IE-number.


Deadline for applications: 2017-03-03





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