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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 one 100% positions as postdoctoral fellows within urban data management for zero emission buildings and neighbourhoods in smart citiesat the Department of Computer Science (IDI) (http://www.ntnu.edu/idi).

The appointment is for a term ofup to three years. The position of post-doctoral fellow is a fixed-term position with the primary objective of qualifying for work in top academic posts. The selected postdoctoral fellow will also assist in PhD student supervision and a significant contribution in project applications for external funds is expected. The position represents an excellent opportunity for an individual to develop his/her career and contribute to the further development of the collaboration.

Information about the department

IDI is part of the faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) and currently has 31 full time professors, 34 associate professors, 13 adjunct professors, 14 postdocs/researchers, approximately 90 PhD students and 22 technical/administrative staff. Research activities are organized into groups and strategic European and National projects as documented here http://www.ntnu.edu/idi/research.

The FME-ZEN center

The Research Centre on Zero Energy Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN Centre) is a Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) funded by the Research Council of Norway and the consortium partners. The main objective of the ZEN Centre is to develop knowledge, competitive products and solutions that will lead to realization of sustainable neighbourhoods that have zero emissions of greenhouse gases related to their production, operation and transformation.

The Research Centre is organized as a joint NTNU/SINTEF unit, hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and Design NTNU, but also involving several other faculties, including the IE-faculty in which this Postdoc position will reside.

Job description

In connection to achieving a zero emission neighbourhood in a smart city, large amounts of data have to be produced, collected, stored, aggregated, distributed, and analysed to support informed decisions towards reducing emissions by politicians, planners, developers, communities, and citizens, and to operate systems enabling smart district management.

The position links in particular to the design and evaluation of a framework in which all relevant meter/sensor data (power, heat, water, etc.) is collected and accompanied by comfort and climate data in a way that supports the transparency and security for appropriate use of the data for human and automatic decision making, following up defined KPIs (key performance indicators). These bottom-up local measurements and forecasts will be aligned with top-down data from national statistical databases, energy suppliers and city databases. Comfort-related data might be online measurements of temperature, humidity, CO2 and noise. Climate data might be local measurements of ambient air temperature, wind speed, wind direction, solar (shortwave) radiation, longwave radiation, etc. The objective of this Postdoc is to develop techniques supporting a data management and monitoring system which automatically collects the KPI data, structures it for ZEN-scope emissions by using open standards, and determines the extent to which monitoring and evaluation procedures can be automated/supported with sufficient data quality levels. Data management must include the representation of presumptions done in the treatment of data in a data movement effect plan, and have results structured, analyzed and visualized in a way fitting the needs of the users acting as part of a virtual city model/urban architecture model. The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary team of computer science, architecture and others. In addition to interactions with the rest of ZEN, we envision close interaction with other parts of the computer science department in which the position will reside, including the newly started NTNU-Telenor AI Lab


The candidate must have a PhD in Information Systems, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Databases or similar topics. The candidate should have experience in the areas of data management and enterprise architecture. Candidates familiar with the domain of ZEN would be preferred. Experience with data visualization, building information systems, smart homes or energy systems is a plus.

Besides personal qualities and the ability to work in team, we will prioritise candidates based on the following criteria:

  • Strong publication record, with publications in top-level conferences and journals
  • Excellent communication skills - written and oral – preferably both in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language and English
  • Ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary team

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 of Postdoctor is placed within code 1352 in the Norwegian State salary scale.

Starting salary expected to be at minimum level 57; NOK 485700,- depending on qualifications. 2 % of the salary will be deducted as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

General information

We can offer

  • an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues
  • academic challenges in an international environment
  • attractive schemes for housing loan, insurance and pensions in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering want to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply.

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.

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 requirements:

The application must contain:

  • A cover letter including an explanation of how your research interests and background would fit the position.
  • A Statement of Purpose (including a short presentation of the motivation for doing research within the areas of the project, and how the applicant sees his/her background suitable, and the applicant’s view of research challenges within the area of the position and one of the topics listed above, and how the competence of the applicant can contribute to solving these challenges) (2 pages).
  • Information about education, exams and previous relevant work/research experience
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates.
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send adiploma supplementor a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.
  • Publications relevant to the research scope and any other work which the applicant wishes to be taken into account should clearly state the applicant’s contribution. A short summary should be attached outlining the applicant’s input to joint work.
  • Names and contact information of at least two references.

Incomplete applications will be rejected.

The application must be sent electronically as one combined PDF file via this page (www.jobbnorge.no).

Potential successful candidates will be interviewed via Skype or other means.

For further information about the fellowship, please contact professor John Krogstie email: John.Krogstie@ntnu.no phone +47 934 17 551. For questions about the FME-ZEN Centre in general contact the above mentioned supervisor (John Krogstie) by email or phone or Centre Director Professor Arild Gustavsen (http://www.ntnu.edu/employees/arild.gustavsen.

For information about processing of applications, please contact Senior Executive Officer Anne Kristin Bratseth, phone +47 73 59 67 15, e-mail: anne.kristin.bratseth@ime.ntnu.no.

Mark the application IE 092-2017

Deadline for application: August 6. 2017

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