Postdoctoral Fellow for Quantifying Footprints and Impacts of Renewable Energy job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

We have a vacancy for a four-year postdoc for a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council and in close collaboration with NINA (Norwegian Institute for Nature Research).

The postdoctoral fellow position is a temporary position whose main objective is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

This project responds to two key scientific challenges: i) managing a transition from fossil fuels to renewables to address climate change, and ii) minimizing the effects of land use change from renewables on biodiversity and services. ecosystems. Hydropower, wind power, and solar power are essential for green power generation, but future planning requires a better understanding of the trade-offs between the different options.

The project is structured in 7 integrated work packages (WP). In WP1, we will develop alternative renewable energy development scenarios informed by stakeholder and societal values. Scenarios will explore the trade-offs between upgrading and building new facilities, small and large-scale hydro projects, siting wind turbines in different habitats, and building power grids in grids or corridors. In WP2 we will assess land use impacts from different scenarios with new spatial tools to assess area requirements in terrestrial and freshwater habitats. In WP3, we will address impacts on carbon budgets by assessing energy effects on carbon storage and sequestration in natural systems. In WP4, we will investigate biodiversity impacts by modeling the spatial impacts of energy on species and habitats of conservation concern. In WP5, we will use the results of our model in life cycle assessment to assess temporal and spatial trade-offs throughout the lifetime of energy installations. In WP6, we will develop visualizations of alternative scenarios with Consensus-Based Siting as a planning tool to integrate technical needs while preserving biodiversity. In WP7, we will identify economic incentives for our best-case scenarios and develop new policy recommendations for policy makers in Norway.

The Postdoc will work on WP5. In WP5, our results from WP2-4 will be used in a national selection for Norway, then reduced to case studies of municipalities or counties most relevant for our NGO partners and for NVE. Our life cycle assessment models will provide trade-off information with impact measures that fit into the regional impacts of the WP1-2 scenarios, habitat-specific effects on carbon fluxes in the WP3 and the potential alpha and beta biodiversity changes of WP4.

You will report to Professor Francesca Verones at NTNU.

Job duties

  • Combining Life Cycle Impact Assessment Models for the Impacts of Power Lines and Energy Generation on Biodiversity
  • Developing future scenarios for the development of the electricity grid in Norway
  • Apply and harmonize the new model with the existing models to the case studies
  • Communicate results to the scientific public and relevant stakeholders

Selection criteria required

  • You must have obtained a Norwegian doctorate or a corresponding foreign doctorate recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctorate
  • You must have relevant professional training in industrial ecology and geosciences
  • Excellent R coding skills
  • Ecological knowledge
  • Knowledge of LCA
  • Experience in dealing with different types and amounts of data
  • Good written and oral English skills

The appointment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and national guidelines for appointment as doctor, post-doc and research assistant

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Competence in geographic information systems (e.g. ArcGIS)
  • Knowledge of Maxent is a plus
  • Knowledge of written and spoken Norwegian is a plus
  • Knowledge of Brightway preferred ACV software
  • Skills in generating web applications for dissemination of key findings

Personal characteristics

  • Motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated
  • Ambitious and goal-oriented
  • Excellent collaboration and communication skills
  • Motivated to solve environmental problems and advance sustainability

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a postdoctoral fellow (code 1352), you are normally paid from NOK 553,500 gross per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The term of employment is 4 years.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Applicants who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

This is a prerequisite for being present and accessible to the establishment on a daily basis.

About the application

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

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only assessed against the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

If for any reason you have interrupted your career or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the amount of your research may be reduced.

The request must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
  • Academic work – published or unpublished – that you would like to see considered in the assessment (up to 5 items)
  • Research plan
  • Name and address of three arbitrators

If all or part of your training was completed abroad, we also ask that you attach documentation on the extent and quality of your overall training. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

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

NTNU is committed to following the research quality assessment criteria according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

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

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great education opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

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

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, function and municipality may be made public even if you have requested that your name not be included in the list of candidates.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Francesca Verones, email: [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Human Resources Consultant Renate Fjellheim, email: [email protected]

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The Diploma Supplement must be attached for European Master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master’s degree from China Credential Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference. Please refer to the application number IV-57/11 when applying.

Application deadline: 14.02.2022

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 education covering the entire energy chain, from resources to the end user. We look at how energy is produced and used by humans and machines sustainably with respect to health, climate change, and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one of the eight departments of Engineering school.

Deadline February 14, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Fulltime

Duration Determined time

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