PhD Fellow in Modelling, Optimisation, and Assessment of BIPV Systems

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 15 Dec 2023

About the job

We have one vacancy for one PhD candidate at the Department of Architecture and Technology (IAT). The position is strongly linked to EU-funded projects that include research and industrial partners both in Norway and abroad.

The focus of the position is to develop new knowledge and tools to foster the uptake of photovoltaic (PV) systems in buildings and infrastructure. The research will particularly make use of advanced building performance simulation tools to support the assessment, design, and development of BIPV (building integrated photovoltaics) systems that enable both high energy efficiency and user satisfaction in buildings. We are seeking an ambitious individual who is ready to take on challenges, not only in the realm of building performance simulation and PV systems simulation, but also in adjacent fields such as visualisation, architectural design methods for sustainable buildings, and supporting project management and administration.

You will be part of the Energy and Environment group at the Department of Architecture and Technology.

The Energy and Environment group strives to solve sustainability issues of the built environment and to prepare it for climate neutrality. Based on science and research we advance design solutions that integrate energy and environmental performance with high architectural and spatial quality. By developing and adopting methods for evaluating indoor and outdoor environmental quality, environmental impact, energy and resource use, we are seeking a performative approach to architecture.  We aim at enabling the design of buildings and neighbourhoods with a positive impact on humans and their environment throughout their life cycle.  ​

The group currently comprises 10 senior staff members (professors and associate professors), and around 20 research fellows (research assistants, PhD candidates, and post-doctoral researchers).

A PhD candidate position is a temporary position where the main goal is to obtain a PhD degree.

You will report to the Head of Department when it comes to personal and general professional aspects. You will report to the project manager/supervisor when it comes to scientific and project-related aspects.

Duties of the position

  • Support the design and optimisation of advanced buildings and building clusters when it comes to both envelope systems and integrated photovoltaics systems with numerical modelling and visual simulation of the different phenomena occurring at both component and building integration level.
  • Design and develop simulation workflows that can integrate multiple performance domains (e.g. thermophysical, solar energy conversion, life-cycle environmental impact and costs) with the aim to carry out parametric modelling and multi-objective optimisation of buildings and building clusters, where BIPV is an important system to assess and optimise.
  • Undertake both building-level and building cluster-level simulation tasks, both relying on existing know-how and competence in software tools and on acquisition of new knowledge and competence in other building/urban simulation tools.
  • Post-process simulation data, analyse and summarise the performance using suitable methods and key performance indicators.
  • Participate in project meetings and reporting of activities (including project reports).
  • Participate in dissemination and communication activities, including development of scientific publications, workshops/training/courses related to the use and development of building performance simulation.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Engineering or Architecture, with a particular focus on building science.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian master 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 have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document, e.g., by (co-)authoring a research paper, that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Master’s students can apply, but the master’s degree must be obtained and documented by the starting date of employment at NTNU.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program.
  • You must have previous experience with modelling/simulation in the context of building science and building energy systems.
  • You must be open to work in the context of a large research project, with international collaborations and interactions with many universities and industrial partners.
  • You must be open to work on minor tasks outside the pure topic of building performance simulation for BIPV, under the guidance and in collaboration with other researchers, yet within the broad field of energy and environmental design of buildings and building clusters to foster the adoption of BIPV systems.
  • You must be able to take the initiative and manage, with minimum daily supervision, project meetings and project reporting activities.
  • Proven analytical and computational capabilities, in courses and or/thesis deliverables.
  • Proven written and oral English communication skills.

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

  • Completed courses in energy use in buildings, integrated energy design, building performance simulation, life cycle assessment (LCA), life cycle costing (LCC).  
  • Proven experience in modelling and simulation of building envelope systems and/or building energy/environmental system in the context of building performance simulation.
  • Proven experience with CIELAB color space.
  • Conversant with multi-domain simulation (thermal, daylighting, IAQ, but also potentially LCA), primarily based on the Grasshopper-environment; any further skills such as co-simulation, programming, and other machine learning/statistical methods linkable to simulation will be highly valuable.
  • Proven experience in collaborative research projects, preferably of an international nature, is of advantage.
  • Proven experience or education in project development and project management.
  • Proven experience in teaching and guidance of students in the context of environmental sustainability and building performance simulation (for 4-year position with teaching duties).
  • For your own professional development in the context of Norwegian research institutes, good Norwegian language skills are also important.

Personal characteristics

  • Strong motivation and dedication to develop your skills as researcher, and contribute to large research projects.
  • Motivated to solve environmental problems and advance sustainability.
  • Ability to meet deadlines as part of large teams of researchers, in the role of both team member and task responsible.
  • Will to take initiative and responsibility in collaborating with research activities beyond your own individual research tasks.
  • Ability to work with external partners.
  • You can inspire and motivate other researchers and students and create engagement.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

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 or 4 years, depending on the individual candidate and needs of the department, and the employment should start in August 2024. A contract for 4 years includes 25% duties dedicated to the department, agreed upon when the contract is signed (e.g. teaching, supervision, guidance, other tasks beyond the own research topic). The duration of the contract will be discussed during the selection phase with individual candidates based on their expertise.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Architecture  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.

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.
  • A short project proposal for the PhD project that does not exceed 3 pages and includes a brief introduction, identify the research gaps, presents methods, and envision expected results. 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.  (tas bort hvis ikke aktuelt)

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 about the position, please contact Francesco Goia, telephone: +47 45027437, email: [email protected] . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Natalia Swahn e-mail: [email protected] .

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via 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: 15.12.2023

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Department of Architecture and Technology

Our goal is to develop coherent and sustainable architecture of high quality. We work with form, theory and history, building materials and building structures, and energy-efficient and sustainable buildings. Our activities also include the preservation and development of traditional building craft skills. The Department of Architecture and Technology  is one of four departments in the Faculty of Architecture and Design .

Deadline 15th December 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Alfred Getz vei 3, 7491 Trondheim

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