PhD Position in hydrogen mobility

Deadline: 01.08.2021

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 approximately 300 employees and approximately 3,200 students. The faculty has a broad educational offer at both bachelor's and master's level in engineering and science, as well as PhD education in computer technology. The Mohns Center for Innovation and Regional Development researches innovation and offers master's education in innovation and entrepreneurship. The diving education offers a one-year vocational school education.

The main part of the faculty's activities are in Haugesund, Bergen, Sogndal and Førde, but we also offer decentralized education in Florø, Kristiansund and Stord.

The faculty's activities are internationally based and take place in close collaboration with regional companies, clusters, health trusts and the public sector, including other institutions in the university and college sector. This applies to research, development, innovation and not least education with student projects at all levels.

The Department of Environmental Sciences offers interdisciplinary studies at the bachelor - and master levels, along with semester programs for international students. The department employs a staff of 12 nationalities, and cooperates with numerous national and international universities and research institutes

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences has an available PhD position with the topic of energy transitions

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Engineering, Department of Environmental Sciences, has an available PhD position with the topic of energy transitions

The PhD position is financed by the Norwegian Centre for Energy Transition Strategies (NTRANS), which studies the Norwegian energy sector’s transition towards zero emissions from a social science perspective, and the focus of this PhD position is the study of Norway’s transition towards a hydrogen-based transport sector. As a PhD student, you will benefit from an established network of researchers, PhD students and industry. You will have the possibility to participate in seminars and conferences and meet fellow PhD students with related topics.

The PhD candidate will be expected to enroll in the HVL PhD program Responsible Innovation and Regional Development (RESINNREG)—an innovation study program encompassing; public sector innovation, green innovation, and industry innovation. As such, it is a prerequisite that the PhD candidate fulfills the admission requirements for this PhD program within the first three months of employment.

The PhD candidate will be part of the research group “Sustainable Energy Transition”. The PhD is a temporary, three-year position, but can be extended to four years with an additional year of teaching duties at the Department of Environmental Sciences depending on the qualifications and interests of the applicant.

The position is located at campus Sogndal.


Applicants must have a completed master’s degree (120 ECTS) or submitted the master's thesis by the application deadline. The master's degree must includ a master thesis of at least 30 ECTS with grade “B” or better according to the Norwegian grading system. Applicants with an education from outside of Norway must include a certified translation in English—or a Scandinavian language—of their diploma(s) and transcript(s) of grades. Furthermore, applicants with an education from outside of Norway must include an assessment of their education from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) which confirms that the applicant’s education corresponds in scope and level to a Norwegian master’s degree.

Both applicants with a master’s degree in natural- or social sciences will be considered, though considering both the social sciences orientation of the financing (NTRANS) and the PhD. program (RESINNREG), we seek candidates willing to work interdisciplinary within the social sciences sphere applying the most common methods herein.

Potential candidates must be able to work independently, be flexible and self-motivated. We offer an interesting, interdisciplinary academic environment, and joint supervision of the PhD. position.

Applicants must have good communication skills in English—both written and oral.

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 application must contain a preliminary project description of up to five pages, explaining the topic, the problem, the choice of theory and method, as well as the plan for implementation of a potential project concerning hydrogen in the Norwegian transport sector.

In the start of the PhD period, a final project description will be developed in consultation with the supervisors.

The following qualifications will be particularly emphasized:

  • Academic qualifications within the advertised area
  • Quality of the master's thesis
  • The project description
  • Additional scientific publications
  • Basic competence of Norwegian language is an advantage

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) Head of department Tarald Seldal, email: [email protected] +47 57 67 62 40

2) SupervisorsAssociate professor Dr. Geoffrey Gilpin,email: [email protected]

3) Associate professor Dr. Bente Johnsen Rygg, email: [email protected]

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