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The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management

PhD Candidate in stochastic optimization at FME NCCS- Norwegian CCS Centre

There is a temporary position available at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management as PhD Candidate within stochastic optimization at FME NCCS, 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.

Optimal design and operation of CCS value chains with focus on the transport system

NCCS is a research centre established in 2017 under the FME program with a budget of NOK 570 mill with a number of partners from research and industry. NCCS will ensure that Norway remains an international leader in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and work towards enabling the large scale European CCS with CO2 storage in the North Sea. The centre will contribute to the government's ambition to realize a full-scale CCS chain by 2020. The work in this PhD project will be in the interface between economics, optimization and technology. The position will be hosted by The Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management.

Area of research

The project focuses on decision support for design and operation of value chains for carbon capture and storage. There is a particular focus on value chains with multiple sinks and sources and where CO2 is transported either by ship or by pipeline. The design and operation of the value chains is both subject to uncertainty. There is uncertainty about technological developments, CO2 prices, and volumes.

The objective of the research is to create models that support both the design and operational phase. The optimization techniques will be based on stochastic integer programming. It is also of interest to study the interactions between the different players in the value chain, using economic theory to analyse contracts and markets.


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.
  • A 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, 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:

  • motivation letter
  • CV
  • grade transcripts
  • other enclosures such as recommendation letters and scientific publications.

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-038. Application deadline: 06.08.2017

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