2 PhD Candidates in Smart Window

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Deadline: 07 Jun 2024

7th June 2024

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2 PhD Candidates in Smart Window
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About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The PhD position is foreseen to carry out experimental work on material synthesis, characterization and component development within smart windows (e.g. electrochromic windows). In addition, a research scientist within the same field is already employed, who will be working together with the PhD candidate(s) and other researchers and professors at our department.

The PhD candidate position is funded through the EU Horizon project ”An Open Innovation Ecosystem for Exploitation of Materials for Building Envelopes towards Zero Energy Buildings” (Exploit4InnoMat) and will thus also be part of a larger international research team.

The building sector is responsible for 40 % of the energy consumption and 36 % of the CO2 emissions in the EU. As near zero emission buildings (nZEB) becomes the new standard, the role of building materials and smart envelope systems is becoming more and more important. Exploit4InnoMat will make available a high-end open innovation testbed (OITB) network for building envelopes including roofs and facades, enabling the replication of prototypes in different buildings taking into consideration the trade-offs between sustainability pillars, life cycle stages as well as their impacts. End-user market needs for low-cost, flexible, on demand material-based solutions will be assessed through an extensive partnership knowledge on materials characterization and modelling, monitoring and process control, environmental and assessment, regulatory and standardization, social acceptance and innovation management, realizing for nZEB solutions. In order to achieve this target a wide range of expertise has been brought to the OITB covering fields such as open innovation testbeds for nano enabled cement, non cement premixes and ceramics, advanced coatings and glazing solutions loaded with aerogel, fibers, phase change materials and other nanomaterials providing multifunctional properties; pilot lines for nano dispersion, 3D printing and roboting spraying; as well as a network of four real scale living laboratories for nZEB technologies evaluation, which will facilitate a realization tool for developing close to market technological solutions. Additionally, a semi-automated tool combining building information modelling (BIM) analysis, fast track modelling and simulation will make enable a digital tool for utilizing building blocks (structural, solar thermal and BIPV) in order to create a harmonized and aesthetically pleasing urban environment.

The Exploit4InnoMat project includes both national and international partners, among them SINTEF. The project is funded by EU through the Horizon program (HORIZON-CL4-2022-RESILIENCE-01). Within the project, NTNU has allocated most of its funding and hence responsibility in the field of smart windows. The PhD candidate is expected to collaborate with other PhD students and scientists in our team and among the project partners. The PhD candidate is foreseen to collaborate and work in the laboratories of NTNU and SINTEF Community and SINTEF Industry.

Your immediate leader is professor.

Duties of the position
  • Carry out the necessary work tasks, both research work and course studies, in order to obtain the PhD degree
  • Contribute to the experimental (synthesis and characterization) and component development tasks in the project
  • Contribute to the simulation and modelling activities in the project

Required selection criteria
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in one or several of the following fields: Physics, chemistry, materials science, nano materials science and technology, new materials development, and solar radiation and thermal physics, both experimentally and theoretically
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education
  • Master students can apply, but the MSc degree must be obtained and documented by 1st of July 2024
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program (https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phbygg )
  • Experience in chemical laboratory activities
  • A general background in materials science, both theoretical and experimental
  • Computational and/or simulation/modelling background within scientific/technological fields
  • Good written and oral English language skills
  • The PhD candidate must not already hold a PhD, regardless of field

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria
  • A professionally relevant background in several (i.e. more than one) of the following fields will be considered as an advantage: Physics, chemistry, materials science, nano materials science and technology, new materials development, and solar radiation and thermal physics, both experimentally and theoretically
  • Background within miscellaneous building physics and technology aspects, both theoretical and experimental, will be considered as an advantage
  • Knowledge and experimental experience within smart windows (e.g. electrochromics) will be considered as an advantage
  • Knowledge and experimental experience within window/fenestration, glazing and coating aspects will be considered as an advantage
  • Some computational and/or modelling background will be considered as positive
  • An interest in sustainability issues like e.g. life cycle analysis will be regarded as positive, however, a background in this field is not a requirement
  • To have demonstrated the ability to write and publish international scientific articles based upon carried out research tasks will be considered as an advantage

Personal characteristics
  • Honest, reliable and resilient
  • Motivated and enthusiastic about research work
  • Able to draw up goals and strive to reach them
  • Able to complete started tasks
  • Able to work both independently and in teams

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer
  • Exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • An open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • Favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Engineering (https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phbygg ) within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.


The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants , and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

Please note that the candidate holding the announced position is expected to work with critical infrastructure and areas affected by control of the export of strategic goods, services and technology. Candidates with the potential of not fulfilling requirement for security clearance, access clearance and authorization as described in the Act Relating to National Security, The Export Control Act and Act on the Implementation of International Sanctions (Sanctions Act) cannot be considered for the position (e.g., candidates from Russia, Iran, North Korea, China, among other countries).

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must be attached to the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • CV and certificates
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis
  •  Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position
  • Project proposal related to smart windows according to your ideas (approx. 2 pages)
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.  


The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.


As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation . You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions related to the scientific aspects of the position, please contact professor Bjørn Petter Jelle, telephone +47-92042933. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Tone Måsøval Arntzen, e-mail: [email protected].

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 07.06.2024

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