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University of Stavanger

Postdoctoral Fellow in Energy Technology

2021-12-20
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The University of Stavanger invites applications for a 2-year Postdoctoral Fellow in Energy Technology at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering (IEP).

The University of Stavanger, and specifically the Faculty of Science and Technology, have chosen energy as an important strategic area for future research and development. Mathematical modeling and energy system studies are among the core research activities within the energy group at IEP.

The objective of the position is to strengthen research, and to give researchers/scholars holding a doctoral degree the opportunity for further qualification toward top academic positions.

The qualifying project will be carried out at the University of Stavanger. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the academic community.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be affiliated with the following project Innovation in Underground Thermal Energy Storages with Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHEsINNO).

Geothermal energy generation and heat storage underground have potential to impact energy transition towards carbon restricted energy solutions considerably. “Innovation in Underground Thermal Energy Storages with Borehole Heat Exchangers” is a bilateral collaborative research project, which investigates the development of innovative technical solutions to enhance the heating and cooling potential of energy systems based on geothermal heat pump and borehole heat exchanger. The technologies and system solutions targeted in this project are attractive alternatives to conventional geothermal heat generation and storage. As a part of the project, this research position aims at investigating the application of advanced modeling and analysis tools based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning methods in geothermal installations from design to operation. This evaluation will incorporate data from physics-based modeling and experimental activities involved in the project.

  • The research work of the Postdoctoral Fellow will mainly include: investigation on appropriate data-driven methods based on AI and machine learning techniques
  • collection and analysis of experimental and simulated data in collaboration with partners of the project
  • development and validation of tools based on the collected data investigation on enhancement of user-friendliness of the developed tools
  • dissemination of the results through publications

The position is funded by Polish-Norwegian research cooperation funding under the EEA and Norway Grants.

Project proposal

You must submit a description of a research project within the subject area and plan for its completion. The project proposal must show how you will proceed to carry out the research work, what the key issues and hypotheses will be, what theories and methods you will apply, publication channels and a schedule for carrying out the work. It must be clear from the application in what way the project will add your competence. The project proposal will be included in the competence assessment.

The final project description and progress plan are drawn up in consultation with the supervisor (s) during the first three months of the employment period. It is a prerequisite that you complete the project during the employment period.

Qualification requirements

You must have a PhD with a specialisation relevant for the project. A PhD with a specialisation in mechanical engineering will be preferred, but applicants specialising in related areas will also be considered.The PhD thesis must have been submitted for evaluation within the application deadline for the position and approved before accession.

The ideal candidate for the position should have:

  • good knowledge of geothermal energy and bore-hole heat exchanger installations,
  • hands-on expertise in using artificial intelligence or machine learning methods for modelling and analysis of energy systems, knowledge of physics-based modelling and numerical methods, and
  • strong skills of code development and modeling using programming languages and commercial software.

Relevant industry experience and good pedagogical skills, and experience in project development is also a plus.

You must have good command of both oral and written English.

In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasised:

  • relevance, quality and feasibility of the project
  • submitted scientific work and your personal skills for completing the project within the timeframe
  • international experience and network
  • qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialisation of research
  • good teamwork, communication skills and ability to participate in research communities across organisational units
  • ability to work independently in a structured manner
  • motivation, sense of responsibility and accountability, work capacity and enthusiasm for research

We offer

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure

salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, l.pl 17.510, code 1352, NOK 530.000 - 590.000 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance- and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the university sports club, SiS sports club at campus
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced.
  • relocation programme
  • language courses: On this page you can see which language courses you may be entitled to (look up “language courses” under employment conditions)

Diversity

University of Stavanger values independence, involvement and innovation. Diversity is respected and considered a resource in our work and learning environment. Universal design characterises physical and digital learning environments, and we strive to provide reasonable adjustments for employees with disabilities.

You are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, disability or cultural background.

The university aims to recruit more women within the subject area. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, female applicants will be given priority.

Contact information

More information on the position can be obtained from Associate Professor Homam Nikpey, tel: +47 51832534, e-mail: homam.nikpey@uis.no or Head of the Department Øystein Arild, tel: +47 47672710, e-mail: oystein.arild@uis.no.

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from HR-advisor Margot A.Treen, tel: +4751831419, e-mail: rekruttering@uis.no.

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Application

To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In the application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

  • project proposal
  • CV with a full summary of your education and experience
  • documentation of approved ph.d. If you have not completed the ph.d., you may enclose a confirmation from the institution on the expected date of obtaining the doctoral degree.
  • complete list of academic publications with information on where they are published
  • up to 5 publications, including your ph.d. thesis or published monograph based upon the thesis
  • transcripts and certificates, and other documentation that you consider relevant

Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge 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 documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. 

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.

General information

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 UiS. 

Employment as Postdoctoral Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident".

Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. Based on the committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.

UiS has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the English text takes precedence.

Informatie over de vacature

Functienaam
Postdoctoral Fellow in Energy Technology
Locatie
Kjell Arholmsgt. 41 Stavanger, Noorwegen
Gepubliceerd
2021-11-24
Uiterste sollicitatiedatum
2021-12-20
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