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The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management

PhD Candidate in stochastic optimization in long term energy systems modelling

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management as PhD Candidate within stochastic optimization, for a period of three years. This is an educational position, which will provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD. The position is connected to the PhD-program at the Faculty of Economics and Management and the faculty will be your employer.

The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management consists of 23 Professors, 9 Associate Professors, 7 Post Doctors and 27 Ph.D.-candidates. The department is organized into six sections:

  • Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research
  • Safety, Health and Environment (HMS)
  • Operations Management
  • Strategy and Business Development
  • Experts in teams
  • Economics and Management (Gjøvik)

The PhD Candidate will be part of Section for Managerial Economics, Finance and Operations Research.

PhD project:

The position is linked to the research projects ASSETS (Assessment of the Value of Flexibility Services from the Norwegian Energy System). The increased shares of renewables in the European energy system will increase the need for controllable power resources and flexibility services. The main reason is the emergence of intermittent electricity generation, specifically wind and solar-photovoltaic, that lead to a setting in which production/operation costs are actually low, but the supply volume depends on uncontrollable factors like weather conditions. It is crucial to understand how the development in the Norwegian energy and power system will affect our ability to be a flexibility provider in the future, and how Europe´s need for flexibility will develop in the future. It is the hypothesis of this project that

the economies of scale in the Norwegian hydropower will be an attractive source of flexibility. But the need for flexibility depends on European energy policy and market design. If Norway implements technologies like demand response in buildings and industry as well as Zero Emission Neighbourhoods, one important benefit may arise from the resulting increased capacity in the hydropower system to serve European needs for flexibility. This will induce a need for cables, used both for importing cheap energy and for exporting valuable power and flexibility. Before implementing such dramatic changes in the Norwegian system, we need more knowledge about the European need for the mentioned services in different market and system design situations and their value.

Area of research

The project focuses on decision support for analysing a Zero Emission European power system with a high focus on energy efficiency, distributed generation of renewable energy, demand response and storage. Of particular interest is to analyse the trade-off and interplay between transmission, storage, energy carrier substitution and demand response as sources of flexibility. Also of interest is to understand the development of markets of flexibility and how market with different time horizons will interplay. The methodology will be based on multiscale stochastic programming models as well as economic theory related to market design and contracts. Both theoretical development and applied analysis is part of the project.


Applicants have to address strictly the following selection criteria:


  • A highly motivated candidate with a high-grade (minimum character B) Master's degree within operations research or optimization.
  • High level of personal responsibility, initiative, and ability to work in a project team.
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiatives.


  • Experience with stochastic programming , integer programming, energy markets, or energy systems
  • Experience with or formal education in economics
  • Excellent communication skills with both technical and administrative staff.

Salary and Working Conditions

The PhD position is paid according to salary level 50 in the national salary scheme, gross NOK 36 025 per month, of which 2 % is deducted for the State Pension Scheme.

Please find more information about the appointment of PhD Candidates in the regulations https://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2006-01-31-102?q=forskrift%20for%20stipendiater, and NTNUs supplementary purviews of 23.01.12, http://lovdata.no/dokument/SF/forskrift/2012-01-23-206.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The employee is expected to accept possible changes in work tasks. Primary residency in Trondheim is a prerequisite.

It is a major political objective to achieve a balance of age and gender in the national labor force and to recruit people. Women are encouraged to apply.

Anticipated commencement: 1. September 2017, or in agreement with the Department.

The application

Employment in a PhD position requires admission to a PhD-program in Industrial Economics and Technology Management. Information about the PhD-program is to be found at http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phiot.

Application should within deadline include:

CV, recommendations, certificates and diplomas.

Information about the applicants may be open to public inspection as provided by the Freedom of Information Act.

Further information about the position may be obtained from Asgeir Tomasgard, Department of Industrial economics and technology management, NTNU, Trondheim. Email: asgeir.tomasgard@ntnu.no.

The application must be submitted via this webpage. The application sent to the contact persons will not be considered as relevant.

ID number: ØK-040. Application deadline: 06.08.2017

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