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PhD position in hydrogen mobillity

Deadline: 01.06.2020

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 270 employees and 3200 students. The faculty has a broad education portfolio offered at bachelor and master level in engineering and sciences, as well as PhD education in computer technology. The Mohn center for Innovation and Regional Development researches and offers master programs in innovation and entrepreneurship. The diver training program offers a 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 Kristiansund and Stord. The faculty's activities are internationally rooted and we work in close collaboration with regional companies, clusters, health enterprises 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, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Environmental Sciences, has an available PhD position with the topic of energy transitions

The PhD position is linked to the research center Norwegian Centre for Energy Transition Strategies (NTRANS) which studies transitions in the energy sector from a social science perspective. The focus of the NTRANS is the role of the energy system in the transition to a zero emission society. The aim of the PhD is to study the role of hydrogen in the transport sector along several research questions, and by use of different methods. The candidate will be expected to apply for the PhD programme in Responsible Innovation and Regional Development (RESINNREG) at HVL. This is a doctoral programme in innovation studies encompassing the pillars of Public Sector Innovation, Green Innovation and Industry Innovation. It is a prerequisite that the candidate fulfils the requirements of admission to the PhD program within three months after having started in the position.

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.


The qualification requirement is a completed master’s degree (120 ECTS) in natural sciences, social sciences or other relevant background. The candidate must have written a Master dissertation of at least 30 ECTS with the grade B or better according to the Norwegian grading system. The applicant must have experience in either environmental assessment or qualitative methods. Acquaintance with innovation studies is an advantage. An interest and ability to work interdisciplinary with different methods and disciplines is an advantage. The applicant will have to be able to work independently, be flexible and self-motivated. Personal motivation for the position will be emphasized. We offer an interesting, interdisciplinary academic environment, and joint supervision of the PhD position.

Applicants must have good communication skills in both Norwegian and English.

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 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. It will be applied in the assessment of the applicants qualifications. A final project description for the PhD projects 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.

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.

For applicant, whose education is from another country than Norway, 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 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]

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

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