Phd, Integrated Design and Performance Evaluation of Positive Energy Buildings and Neighbourhood

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 25 Apr 2021

About the position

The Department of Architecture and Technology  has a vacancy for a PhD candidate in the area of Architectural Design, with insight in didactics of environmental design processes blending analogue and digital tools in innovative ways.

Digital simulation tools are today extensively used at the program in Sustainable Architecture with the purpose of running complex computational analyses and facilitating the integration of their results in architectural design processes. Teaching experiences show that if digital tools provide on one side a valid support for embedding technical concerns in creative design processes, on the other side they risk reducing architectural design to a limited number of parameters, not reflecting its real complexity. Recent researches show moreover that hands-on activities, such as sketching and handcrafting models, represent the most effective way to let students understand new conceptual frameworks and develop the ability to apply them in practice.

This PhD position will focus on developing and testing a series of Teaching and Learning Activities, where theory is taught by actively involving students in hands-on experiences and where digital tools are also used to enhance to learning potential of defined activities. Outcomes of this work will be instrumental in testing of various concepts of student-activating learning arenas in the ongoing Campus project at NTNU.

The PhD student will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position

The PhD research will pursue the following objectives: 

  • Conduct independent research and publish results in high-quality scientific journals. 
  • Develop and test a series of Teaching and Learning Activities for sustainable architecture, balancing the use of digital tools with analogue approaches
  • Contextualize the research in the context of state-of-the-art practices for sustainable architecture
  • Contribute to the research and teaching activities of the department when relevant for the PhD project. 
  • Cooperation with other PhD students of the department

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Architecture, Sustainable Architecture, Building Engineering or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale . If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant .

Preferred selection criteria

  • A strong interest for architectural design of climate adapted buildings
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills
  • Experience with architectural design practices
  • Documented ability to handle digital tools for environmental design
  • Documented sketching and handcrafting abilities

Personal characteristics

  •  Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team. 
  • Ability to initiate and pursue novel experiments 
  • Be scientifically curious and open to new research challenges. 
  • Demonstrate independence and persistence in addressing technical problems. 
  • Be flexible and reliable, with ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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, with possibility of 1 year extra as teaching duties.

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 artistic or scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • A cover letter where the applicant describes his/her personal motivation and how he/she intends to fill the position
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • portfolio (If coming from an Architecture background)
  • list of publications (if any)
  • Research plan or project proposal  (3 pages incl. references), indicating her/his view of the main research challenges in the area of the position, how they suggest to do the research work and how this is relevant to their own background and the above research objectives and questions. 
  • Academic and/or artistic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 3 works)
  • Name and email address of three referees

Uncomplete application will not be considered.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation. In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

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.

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Luca Finocchiaro , and Professor Tommy Kleiven .

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Brit Gullvåg .

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI) .

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2021/17512 when applying.

Application deadline: 25.04.2021

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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 25th April 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Department of architecture and technology

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