Postdoctoral Fellow Position in the Department of Energy and Process Engineering

We have a vacancy for a Postdoc researcher at the Industrial Ecology Programme, Department of Energy and Process Engineering.

The Industrial Ecology Program (IndEcol) at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering is a well established interdisciplinary group in the field of environmental sustainability analysis, with scientists contributing to IPCC reports, UNEP/SETAC Life-Cycle Initiatives, and publications featured in high-ranked journals.

The head of the Department of Energy and Process Engineering is Professor Terese Løvås. The position’s day-to-day project management and supervision is by Professor Francesco Cherubini.

Job description

The postdoc is expected to cover a central role in undertaking regional climate simulations on land/atmosphere interactions at IndEcol. In particular, the postdoc will:

  • Perform regional climate change simulations with sophisticated regional climate models, using national supercomputing infrastructure available from Uninett Sigma2.
  • Advance representation of land cover transitions and properties in land surface schemes.
  • Pre- and post-process large datasets of climate records, land use classes and properties, and model outputs.
  • Link regional climate model outputs to applications relevant to the field land management for climate change mitigation and Industrial Ecology.
  • Help with co-supervision of master and/or PhD students.
  • Present research results at international conferences
  • Publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Qualification requirements

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in climate science or meteorology, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree, is required.

We seek a candidate that is strongly motivated to advance our current knowledge on land-climate interactions. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the topic, we deem interest and ability to explore new fields and sub-fields important. The successful candidate must:

  • Hold a relevant PhD degree in climate science or meteorology.
  • Have excellent programming skills in one or several of the following languages: Fortan, Linux, Shell, NCL, Matlab, Pyton.
  • Good understanding of fundamentals in mathematics, physics, and statistics.
  • Previous experience with installing and running climate models and NetCDF libraries
  • Strong analytical capabilities, as well as documented capacity to report and present research outcomes.
  • Be a good team player while also being able to work independently.
  • Be excellent in English both written and oral.

Trondheim is the place of duty. The position is of 4 years duration, with preferred start from October 2019. Candidates are requested to submit up to a one-page sketch summarizing how their scientific background and research ambitions match the requirements for this position.

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, postdoctor and research assistant

We offer

Salary and conditions

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Francesco cherubini, e-mail 

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant’s contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number IV-86/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.02.2019

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Energy and Process Engineering

We conduct research and teaching covering the entire energy chain, from resources to the end-user. We look at how energy is produced and used by humans and machines in a sustainable way with regard to health, climate change and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 15.02.2019
Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service NTNU Department of Energy and Process Engineering