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PhD scholarship within prediction of power flexibility

Deadline: 01.08.2020

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In 2021 we are co-located on Ås. Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no.

About The Faculty of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK) develops research-based knowledge and educates civil engineers and lecturers needed to reach the UN's sustainability goals. We have approximately 150 employees, 70 PhD students and soon 1500 students. The education and research at REALTEK cover a broad spectrum of disciplines.

This includes data science, mechanics and process engineering, robotics, construction and architecture, industrial economics, environmental physics and renewable energy, geomatics, water and environmental engineering, applied mathematics as well as secondary school teacher education in natural sciences and use of natural resources such as in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture. The workplace is in Ås, 30 km from Oslo.

Would you like to participate in creating sustainable solutions for the future power flexibility markets?

About the position

The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant three-year PhD–position related to prediction of power flexibility.

The main objective will be to develop a data driven approach for predicting short-term flexibility in demand-side assets, as well as to develop business models for future flexibility markets. The project is interdisciplinary, with a supervision group including expertise from energy physics, data science and industrial economy.

Main tasks

As part of the project, the PhD candidate is expected to

  • Develop models for predicting available power flexibility based on real data from demand-side assets
  • Estimate available flexibility volumes that can be formatted into flexibility bids
  • Develop business models for future flexibility markets
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with other team members and data providers
  • Lead the writing of research articles for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals

More details about the project can be found in the deliberation for this position. Please send an inquiry to: [email protected].

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.

Qualification requirements, desired experiences, knowledge and personal qualities

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 Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level (candidates submitting MSc thesis by 1 August 2020 may also be considered). The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and 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 in physics, electrical power engineering, data science, industrial economy or a closely related field
  • Documented proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Experience with programming and machine learning, preferably in Python

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Experience in modelling or other quantitative methods
  • Experience working with large data sets
  • Knowledge about the Norwegian electrical power system

You need to have:

  • Strong motivation and commitment for the outlined research project
  • Analytical and academic approach to research questions
  • Independence and self-motivation
  • Good communication skills

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 479.600) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations

Terms of employment are governed by Norwegian guidelines for PhD fellowships at Universities and University Colleges.

For further information, please contact:

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: 01.08.2020

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses).

Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 01.08.2020. Please quote reference number 20/02116.

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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