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PhD position at Department of Electric Power Engineering within Wide Area Monitoring and Control

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


We invite applications for a double degree PhD position where the research work will be conducted as a part of a joint collaboration project with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) titled Smart Wide Area Monitoring and Control for Secure Operation of Systems with high Penetration of renewable energy sources. It will also collaborate closely with other Nordic research projects together with the Nordic Transmission System Operators.


The PhD project will be carried out under a joint supervision with supervisors from both universities. The PhD student is required to stay for 12 months at the partner university during the duration of the PhD project.


The PhD position is for 3 years.


The PhD research project: Smart Wide Area Monitoring and Control for Secure Operation of Systems with high Penetration of renewable energy sources


The R&D activities in this project aim to push forward the development of the technology needed for ensuring secure and stable operation of power systems having a high share of the production based on fluctuating renewable energy sources (RES). The focus is on development and implementation of methods for real-time stability assessment, and on development of methods to determine appropriate countermeasures to avoid the occurrence of emerging stability and security problems. In particular, the PhD candidate will work on methods applied to FACTS and HVDC systems as controllable resources to prevent a system collapse when critical conditions have been detected.



Information about the department

Currently there are 11 professors and 6 associate professors at the department. In           addition, there are 4 adjunct associate professors, 7 postdoctoral researchers, 1 researcher, approx. 30 PhD students and 14 technical/administrative staff. 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.


For further information about the position, please contact Professor Kjetil Uhlen by E-mail: kjetil.uhlen@ntnu.no




Applicants must hold a M.Sc. degree (or equivalent) within electrical power engineering and have a good background on power system dynamics, power electronics and control. Programming skills and professional experience in use of power system analysis tools are merited for the position, as well as knowledge about Phasor Measurement Units and experience from laboratory work.


Excellent analytical and communication skills are required. Ability to speak a Scandinavian language is merited due to possible teaching duties. The candidate must have an ability to work independently as well as in teams. 


Applicants enrolled at a Master program who expect to graduate 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 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 http://www.ntnu.edu/ie/research/phdfor 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 436 900 – 537 700 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 through this page (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: IE-086-2017


    Deadline for applications: 2017-07-31






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