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Faculty of Engineering

Department of Energy and Process Engineering


PhD position on Energy Planning of Urban Building Stocks


A PhD position is available on the ExPOSe project (Methods for Transparent Energy Planning of Urban Building Stocks), at Department of Energy and Process Engineering (http://www.ntnu.edu/ept), Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The project is a collaboration between the Energy and Indoor Environment group (https://www.ntnu.edu/ept/energy-environment), who has a well-established expertise in energy supply systems and building energy services, and the Industrial Ecology Programme (http://www.ntnu.edu/indecol), who is one of the leading international research groups on environmental systems analysis and impact assessment modelling. The groups are strongly involved in the Norwegian Research Centre on Zero Emission Buildings (ZEB) (http://www.zeb.no) and a follow-up Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighborhoods (ZEN), as well as various national and international projects, such as H2020 projects, IPCC reports, IEA Tasks or EBC Annexes.

The ExPOSe project aims to develop methods for long-term energy planning of urban building stocks, with definition of data framework, building energy simulations with dynamic building stock modeling, and scenario analysis under different analysis approaches. Reliable energy pathways will be explored, taking into account building stock structural changes, flexibility, smart solutions, onsite renewable energy generation, energy import/export with the energy grids, and user behavior. The project includes two PhD positions plus researcher working time at NTNU and international collaboration.

This announced PhD position will deal mainly with bottom-up modelling of the urban building stock, structural changes, building typology specifications, database development, data collection, aggregated energy use, emissions, and future scenario analysis. In particular, the candidate will examine how aggregated energy demand, life cycle emissions, and environmental impacts of urban building stocks are influenced by long-term structural changes, such as use of solar collectors, heat storage for buildings, PV, electrical storage, transition to district heating, interaction with the energy grids, better maintenance, smart maintenance via energy supplier, and NZEB and Plus House technologies. The PhD candidate will develop building simulation models and incorporate necessary measures, as inputs to the building stock model and scenarios. The work will be developed in collaboration with researchers and other PhD and MSc students, and it will be linked to the ZEN Research Centre. The candidate will also collaborate with the international partners from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. The plan is that the candidate should spent about six months at Politecnico di Torino.


Applicants have to strictly address the following selection criteria:

  • We seek a highly motivated candidate with a Master's degree (or equivalent) within HVAC systems for buildings, Energy engineering, Industrial ecology, or related fields.

  • The successful applicant must be able to document high-level knowledge in one of the following areas: a) District heating, HVAC systems and energy use in buildings, including tools relevant for the building performance modelling and simulation (e.g. IDA-ICE or EnergyPlus), or b) Industrial ecology modelling, including tools relevant for the study of materials and energy flows and conversion and their associated environmental impacts (e.g. material flow analysis - MFA, and environmental life cycle assessment - LCA)

  • The applicant must have good mathematical knowledge and analytical skills, with experience in generic computational tools, such as MATLAB or similar.

  • We seek a person with high level of personal responsibility, initiative, ability to work in a project team, and good communication skills. Written and oral proficiency in English is a requirement, and good skills in a Scandinavian language is an advantage.

  • In order to be accepted to NTNU’s PhD programme, the candidate must meet the requirement of an average weighted Grade B or better (ECTS grading system) from his/her MSc degree.


PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 432,300 before tax. There will be a 2% deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

Engagement as a PhD student is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.

The successful candidate will be employed full-time by NTNU for a fixed period of three years. A part-time employment of up to four years can be discussed.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Professor Helge Brattebø helge.brattebo@ntnu.no and Associate Professor Natasa Nord, natasa.nord@ntnu.no Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim. No application should be sent to these email addresses.

See http://www.ntnu.edu/ivt/phd for more information.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.

The application

The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed, as well as the applicant’s description (3-4 pages) of how his/her background is relevant to key research questions and methods of a PhD work in this field of research. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage. Mark the application with IV-103/17.

Start-up date may be discussed, but tentatively end of August 2017.

Application deadline is 21 April 2017.

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.


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