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PhD Research Fellow (PhD candidate) in model-based control of urban drainage systems

Deadline: 11.04.2019

University of South-Eastern Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway has about 18 000 students and about 1500 employees. The university is organized in four faculties, with instruction and R&D activities on eight campuses. The main profile of the university is to provide socially relevant education, geared towards specific professions, and adapted to the requirements of the workplace, as well as to produce applied research and development.

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) has a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow (PhD candidate) in model-based control of urban drainage systems from August 1st 2019.

The position is at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IT and Cybernetics and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is campus Porsgrunn of USN.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree or equivalent higher education qualifications in automatic control/engineering cybernetics. The applicant must have gained the degree within the application deadline.

Admission to the doctoral programme Process, Energy and Automation at USN is a condition for appointment in this position.

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the USN. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives.

Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

The candidate should have solid skills in mathematical modeling, model predictive control (MPC) and computer programming, in particular Python and MATLAB.

Information about the position

The candidate will participate in a research project about model-based control of the urban drainage system of Oslo - the capital of Norway - and some of its neighbour municipalities, with particular focus on the approximately 42 km long tunnel which transports combined sewage to the VEAS water resource recovery facility (wrrf) at Slemmestad south of Oslo. The main objective of the research project is to investigate if model-based control of the drainage system, with particular focus on the tunnel, may give smoother hydraulic pumping to the plant at low or no precipitation, and minimize the combined sewage overflow (CSO) to the Oslo Fjord at large precipitation. The impact on the treatment steps of the wrrf should also be taken into account. The results of this research project are assumed being useful also for other similar urban drainage systems and wwrfs, both domestically and abroad. The research will include reporting state-of-the art, mathematical modeling, implementation of simulators, and design and implementation of controllers.

The appointment is primarily for a term of three years. However, depending on the candidate’s wishes and the needs of the department, a four year appointment with 25% teaching duty may be an option, assuming that the candidate speaks a Scandinavian language.

For further information concerning the position, please contact professor Finn Aakre Haugen (email: [email protected]; tel.: +47 97019215) at the Department of Electrical Engineering, IT and Cybernetics.

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 449 400 a year. Further promotion will be based on service in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 may be considered. Salary NOK 449 400 – 607 700 a year. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan.

Additional information

Appointment to the position will be carried out by The Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellows. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit. There are few women employed in research positions at the Department, and consequently women are especially encouraged to apply.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined.

How to apply

University of South-Eastern Norway uses online applications. We therefore ask applicants to register their application and CV online by clicking on the “Send application” link. The application must include the following documents:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  • Master’s thesis
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language by an authorized translator.

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