PhD-scholarship within energy system modeling

Deadline: 30.04.2023

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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About The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) works with nature and the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, biological and geological processes.

MINA’s employees undertake teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, hydrology and limnology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature-based tourism.

Our vision is to be a key actor in knowledge production and dissemination, and our goal is to deliver research of high, international quality, and varied and excellent teaching. The faculty’s employees are significant participants within their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally. The faculty is dominated by a vital research culture and high levels of scientific production.

The faculty has about 200 employees, 90 PhD students and 650 students.

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Are you interested in the development of the renewable energy sector?

About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD–position related to modelling of the Northern European energy system.

The decarbonization of the energy sector implies increased use of power for heating. Combined with increased shares of intermittent renewable power generation, this will make the demand, supply, and price of power more sensitive to weather and increase the need for energy system flexibility. The PhD-project will apply the energy system model Balmorel and assess impacts of various sources of uncertainty and stochasticity on the North European Energy System.

The PhD-position is connected to the research project Resilient with several project partners from the Norwegian energy sector, see here and will give a unique opportunity for a career in the renewable energy sector.

The applicant is made aware that an application for a PhD-position at NMBU is at the same time an application for admission to a PhD-programme at the institution. The documentation that is necessary to ensure that the admission requirements are met must be uploaded as an attachment.

Main tasks

  • Gaining insights in theories and methods for assessing technological pathways for maintaining a resilient energy system during the energy transition.
  • Extend and improve the Balmorel model in order to analyze various sources of uncertainty and stochasticity related to the Northern European energy system.
  • Writing scientific papers
  • Collaborating with researchers and actors in the energy sector.

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD-degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD-scholarship period.


The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD-programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year master’s degree or a cand.med.vet. degree, with a learning outcome corresponding to the descriptions in the Norwegian Qualification Framework, second cycle. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD-Regulations and the relevant PhD-programme description.

The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications

  • Master’s degree within a relevant scientific field
  • Documented competence and interest in quantitative analyses

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Knowledge of the North European energy sector
  • Programming skills in e.g. GAMS, python, or similar
  • Experience in Energy market-system modeling

You need to:

  • Be strongly motivated and committed
  • Be creative and have the ability to work independent and structured
  • Have analytical capacity for a PhD-degree
  • Be motivated for teamwork

Ability to communicate in a Scandinavian language is beneficial.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 501.200,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD-scholars.

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Information for PhD-applicants and general information to applicants


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 30.04.2023

In the application, the candidate must confirm that information and documentation (in the form of attachments) submitted via the job application can also be used by NMBU in a possible admission process.

Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page)
  • Complete CV
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (i.e. Di-ploma, transcript. Diploma supplement for both bachelor and master). Diplomas, transcripts and diploma supplements that are not in Norwegian or English must be uploaded in the original language. An English translation of these documents must also be attached.
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement, or a similar document, which describes in detail the study program and grading system.
  • Documentation of proficiency in written and oral English in accordance with NMBU PhD regulation section 5-2 (3).
  • Names and contact details for two references
  • Additional relevant documentation of professional knowledge (for example, list of scientific works). If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

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