PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering

Deadline: September 27, 2018

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is the world's northernmost university with 3,500 employees and 16,000 students. The Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology educates and conducts research and dissemination within Engineering Science and Technology. Our goal is to develop future industry, business and society, with a particular focus on The High North. The faculty has approximately 200 employees in five departments and three administrative sections.

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PhD Candidate in Electrical Engineering (focus area Power Systems) at Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy (ARC), the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering

At ARC, The Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, there is a vacant PhD position for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD).

UiT - The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) established in 2016 the Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy (ARC). This is an interdisciplinary centre focusing on Arctic challenges and conditions within arctic renewable energy and greenhouse gas management. The centre combines expertise in physics, humanities, chemistry, social sciences, economy, applied mathematics, marine biology, computer science, and electrical engineering. The focus themes of the centre, seen from an arctic context, are ethical and responsible prosumption of distributed renewable electricity, fuel and thermal energy, and an accountable management of greenhouse gases.

Further information about ARC can be found here.

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the department’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available here.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Professor Terje Gjengedal, tel. +47 76966131 / +47 91178799, email: [email protected].

The position’s affiliation

The work will be performed at the Department of Electrical Engineering, research group Electromechanical Systems: The research activities of the group are aimed at power and energy systems, electronics and communications, as well as advanced control, and (coordinated) motion control of rotating systems. Further information about the research activities can be found at our website.

The position’s field of research/research project and other duties

The position's field of research is power systems. Relevant disciplines are

  • Grid integration of renewable energy
  • Smart grid/ smart digital power systems
  • Power system analysis
  • Planning and operation of power systems

The position also includes 25% lecturing and supervision at the bachelor and master's level.

Qualification requirements

The successful candidate should be enthusiastic and highly motivated and be willing to work both independently and with other researchers. The successful applicant must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD programme; cf. Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. In addition, he/she be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT.

This position requires a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering, Power Systems or similar.The average grade on the master's degree must be B or better. Practical experience within renewable energy, power systems or smart grid is an advantage. Completed relevant Master's thesis and previous scientific publications related to electrical energy systems will also be added weight.

The applicant may present a description outlining the academic basis of his/her PhD project.

Emphasis is attached to personal suitability.

Working conditions

The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university cf. Guidelines for the research fellow’s duties.

The position will especially be assigned teaching duties in Electrical Engineering/Renewable Energy/Power Systems.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the research fellow has already completed parts of his/her research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position (PhD Candidate, research assistant, or the like) in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • Master’s thesis or equivalent
  • any other academic works, and
  • project description

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experience from popularization and experience/education from other types of dissemination. Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on

The application must include:

  • Letter of application
  • Proposal for project description
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work
  • copies of:
    • diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent
    • diploma supplement for completed degrees
    • documentation of English language proficiency
    • project description (optional)
  • List of works and description of these. The list of works shall contain the following information:
    • author(s), the work’s title
    • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
    • for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages
  • The works (published or unpublished) which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process must be submitted
  • List of references with contact information.

All documentation that is to be evaluated must be certified and translated into English or a Scandinavian language.

Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

Applicants shall also refer to the Supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (Postdoctoral Fellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) positions at UiT The Arctic University of Norway and to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of postdoktor (Postdoctoral Fellow), stipendiat (PhD), vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) and spesialistkandidat (Resident).(In Norwegian only)

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. as well as questions about the PhD programme may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

UiT has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

UiT is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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