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Ph.D. in Renewable energy systems modelling of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

Deadline: 12.08.2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) has an open Ph.D. position with a project period of 3 years.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Engineering and Science has about 270 employees and about 3200 students. The faculty has a wide range of educational programs at both bachelor and master levels in engineering and science, as well as PhD education in computer technology. Mohncenter for Innovation and Regional Development researches innovation and offers master programs in innovation and entrepreneurship. Diving education offers one-year vocational education.

The majority of the faculty's activities are in Haugesund, Bergen, Sogndal and Førde, but we also offer decentralized education in Florø, Kristiansund and at Stord. The faculty's activities are internationally established and work in close collaboration with regional companies, clusters, health care companies and the public sector, including other institutions in the university and college sectors. This applies to research, development, innovation and not least education with student projects at all levels.

The Ph.D. candidate will be part of interdisciplinary research groups focusing on environmental technology, which is a collaboration between the Department of Safety, Chemistry and Biomedical laboratory sciences and the Department of Mechanical and Marine Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering and Science. Due to the nature of the work to be carried out in the project, the candidate will be a part of the Ph.D.-programme Computer Science: Software Engineering, Sensor Networks and Engineering Computing. This programme is located at the Faculty of Engineering and Science at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

Workplace will be at HVL Campus Bergen.

About the PhD project/ work tasks:

The number of aquaculture facilities with recirculation of water (RAS) is increasing, along with rapid technology development in this field. Building competence is important to ensure an environmentally sound and sustainable development, while safeguarding fish welfare. The interdisciplinary RAS-EN project will address research questions concerning water quality, optimised operation, and implementation of sustainable energy.

The aim of this Ph.D. project is to compare the techno-economic cost of a grid-independent RAS supplied by different sources of renewable energy, coupled with onsite energy storage and management. The work will assess the balance of capacities for wind, wave and solar energy required to meet the time-varying power demand of the RAS. This requires the modeling and dynamic simulation of the whole energy system, which can be based on both existing software and extensions to be developed by the candidate. The requirements for energy storage as biogas, hydrogen and in batteries are to be evaluated. The complete energy system shall be optimised from a techno-economic perspective, and benchmarked against traditional RAS power supply.

Applicants should submit a project outline of maximum 5 pages, describing topic, choice of theory and computational method as well as plan for carrying out a potential project. The preliminary project descriptions will be used for assessing the qualifications of the candidates. The final project description will be developed together with the supervisors.

A separate application to join the Ph.D. programme must be submitted and accepted within 3 months of starting in the position. The supervisors will help with this procedure.


  • Admission to the Ph.D. programme requires that the applicant holds a master's degree within computer science, informatics, engineering computing, scientific computing, or computational engineering. Candidates from other natural sciences or engineering disciplines holding a master's degree with a strong emphasis on computing may also qualify for admission to the programme.
  • A master’s dissertation of at least 30 ECTS is required.
  • Admission to the Ph.D. programme requires an equivalent of grade B or better on the ECTS grading system for the master’s dissertation and an average equivalent to grade C or better on the ECTS grading system for the courses taken in the master’s programme.
  • Documented knowledge and experience of modelling energy systems.
  • Documented programming skills such as Matlab, Fortran, Python, C++ etc.

Favoured qualifications (not a requirement):

  • Understanding of techno-economic analysis and optimisation.
  • Good ability in hydrodynamics or fluid mechanics.

Personal abilities:

  • Ability to contribute towards a good work environment and in teamwork.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to communicate well in both written and spoken English. Proficiency in written and spoken Norwegian language is an advantage.

Candidates who have submitted a master’s thesis (but who have not yet been awarded a master’s degree) may also qualify for the position provided that the master`s degree is awarded within 4 weeks after the application deadline. Candidates already holding a Ph.D. within this field are not eligible for this position

Application procedure:

Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members.

Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Master Thesis
  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 15)
  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications
  • Diplomas and certificates

Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. The transcripts must specify the topics, the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels.

Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education (bachelor and master’s degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.


  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

Initial salaries will be offered at grade 54 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

Short-listed applicants will be called in for an interview and a presentation of previous work, e.g. based on their master’s thesis.


1) Project leader Associate Prof. Camilla Diesen Hosfeld,, phone: +47 55 58 77 74,, e-mail: [email protected]

2) Associate Prof. Norbert Lümmen,, phone: +47 55 58 76 41,, e-mail: [email protected]

3) Associate Prof. David Lande-Sudall,, phone: +47 55 58 71 47,, e-mail: [email protected]

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