PhD Research Fellow in Renewable Energy University of Agder Department of Engineering Sciences Norway

Phd Research Fellow In Renewable Energy Focusing On “Operational Management In Interconnected Renewable Resources With ICT Property”


About the position


The University of Agder (UiA) invites applications for a 3-year PhD fellowship in Renewable Energy within the project “Integrated Renewable Resources and Storage: Operation and Management”, funded by The Research Council of Norway under Indo-Norwegian cooperation. The post is linked to and partially supported by The Department of Engineering Sciences, University of Agder. The tentative starting date is in April 2019, or as negotiated with the faculty. The position is located at Campus Grimstad. 


The Department of Engineering Sciences has more than 90 employees in scientific positions, and more than 1500 students at all levels. A variety of research is conducted within all the groups; Mechatronics, Renewable Energy, Civil Engineering and Industrial Economy, and we also welcome interdisciplinary projects within the department or with other research groups. This position will be associated with the Renewable Energy group. We have a broad international cooperation, and close collaboration with industrial partners and public services in the region. This is a benefit both for teaching and research. The partners contribute with assignments, competence and resources.


There is a need for research on flexible interconnection, use of multiple energy forms (like wind and solar PV), resilience of the energy systems and semantic interoperability among energy subsystems. An increased amount of roof top PVs, wind turbines, energy storages (both electrical and thermal), and heat pumps will pose technical challenges in the distribution network due to change in load flow patterns, power quality, protection, and controlling voltage, frequency and reactive power. These multi-interconnected energy resources will inevitably rely on the internet or other large-scale communication networks, resulting in a new area of cyber-physical security for the smart grid.   


The consortium of this project includes UiA and NORCE in Norway, and academic institutions - MNNIT Allahabad, IIT Kanpur and NIT Raipur in India. The project objectives are defined under work packages, each lead by these institutions.


The research studies will be in the lines of monitoring and assessment of microgrid and emerging cyber-physical aspects, optimizing the distribution network utilization with energy management, and design of intelligent distribution grids.



The work package lead by UiA will focus in the direction of (i) energy management and optimization of energy resources and storage in distribution network, (ii) understanding the ICT in integration of renewable resources towards its security. The work package has a list of tentative tasks for the appointed PhD research fellow to perform the studies, and share the results as needed with Indian counterpart. Some of these studies might have to be performed using a real-time simulator (OPAL-RT), and its associated modules, including hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulations. Further, a close cooperation with other researchers working in the project and other colleagues at the department is highly expected.


Required qualifications

Further provisions relating to the positions as PhD Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident


The successful applicant should hold a master’s degree from a Norwegian or an accredited foreign university in renewable energy, mechatronics, electrical engineering, or a similar/related field and have competence in areas relevant to the proposed research.


The following additional requirements should be met:


  • Good knowledge in power system, smart grid, power grid security.
  • Programming skills (Matlab, Python, C++, R).
  • Strong writing skills for research papers.
  • Experience in working on real-time simulators, particularly Opal-RT.


It is an advantage to have knowledge about the Norwegian power system and to speak a Scandinavian language. Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position. 


The applicant must submit an approved project description within three months of appointment. The PhD dissertation must be written in English.


The PhD Research Fellow will be admitted to the PhD Programme in Engineering and Science with Renewable Energy as specialization within three months of the starting date. More information about the programme and a complete list of admission requirements.


Personal qualities

Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasized.


The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal oriented work. Relevant practical experience, personal suitability and good teamwork skills will also be emphasised. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic backgrounds and previous research and development experiences in the related fields.


We offer

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers 
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund


The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, code 1017 Research Fellow, salary NOK 449 400 gross per year. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.


General information

A good working environment is characterized by its diversity. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply for the position, irrespective of gender, age, disability or cultural background. UiA is an IW (Inclusive Workplace).


Women are strongly encouraged to apply for the position.


The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by UiA’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.


Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.


In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.



Submit your application and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”.


The following documentation shall be submitted as attachments to the online application:


  • Certificates and grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including bachelor's level, master's degree/higher degree certificate.
  • Applicants with foreign higher education must attach an official description of the grading system used at the issuing institution.
  • List and links of the applicant's scientific publications, if any.
  • A short tentative research proposal of not more than 2 pages, highlighting the background and research for the intended study, that meets the above research objectives.


Please do not submit large documents, like thesis or publications. If any additional information is required, the applicant will be informed later.


Original documents must be presented for verification to the University of Agder. Successful candidates will be asked, normally during the interview, to ensure that the issuing university submits documents in a sealed envelope directly to UiA or provide access to their documents online, which allows UiA to verify the authenticity of these electronic documents via a secure website hosted at the issuing university (contact person at UiA will be provided later for certain candidates).


The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete documentation. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process. All documentation of education must be in the original language and in English, Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish (if the original language is not one of these). The application should include a translation, which should preferably be from the issuing university. Additional documentation must be in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.


Closing date: 27.05.19



For questions about the position:

For questions about the application process:

  • HR-adviser Nina Rønningen, tel. +47 38 14 20 16, mobile +47 481 57 761, e-mail:
  • Higher Executive Officer Lise Askbo Fylkesnes, tel. +47 37 23 31 25, mobile +47 907 76 434, e-mail:



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