The Department of Electric Power Engineering (IEL) (https://www.ntnu.edu/elkraft), at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) (https://www.ntnu.edu/ie/), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), invites applications for a full-time tenured Professorship/Associate Professorship in “Digital Control of Power Electronics for Cyber-Physical Systems”.
This position is one of nine strategic professorships announced at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), see https://www.ntnu.edu/positions-ie
Digitalization is gaining momentum in a wide range of energy sectors. In the electricity grid, this trend is enabled by advances such as operational flexibility ensured by power electronic converters, high volumes of data due to the low costs of sensors and data storage, and increased connectivity with faster and cheaper data transmission. Digital control is fundamental to facilitate the transformation of the electric grid into a full cyber-physical system. For the successful applicant, this represents a unique opportunity to play a central role in shaping the development of this exciting interdisciplinary field as part of a larger ongoing digitalization drive.
Information about the Department
Currently there are 12 Professors, 7 Associate Professors and 4 Lecturers at the Department of Electric Power Engineering. In addition, there are 4 Adjunct Professors, 2 Adjunct Associate Professors, 10 Postdoctoral researchers, 2 Researchers, about 35 PhD students, and 15 technical/administrative staff. The Department is presently in a growth-phase. Research activities are organized under two Research Groups: Power Systems Group and Power Technology Group. The Department has a good laboratory infrastructure for research and education, as well as a mechanical workshop, supported by a technical staff of about 10 persons. The Department is also in charge of The National Smart Grid Laboratory (https://www.ntnu.edu/smartgrid).
Fields of research and teaching
The Professor/Associate Professor will have responsibility for research and teaching within Digital Control of Power Electronics for Cyber-Physical Systems. The research focus is on unlocking the potential of power electronic converters in electric grids through advanced control schemes enabling monitoring, coordination, and integration among different electrical subsystems. The Professor/Associate Professor will lead the research activities investigating the role of digitalization in improving productivity, efficiency, stability and sustainability of electrical energy conversion systems. Example research topics include digital control algorithms (e.g., model-predictive control, adaptive controllers) and their implementation on digital platforms (e.g., FPGAs, high-speed digital signal processors and System-On-Chip integrated circuits), optimized control techniques for emerging power converter topologies, and control coordination for large-scale interconnected power grids and cyber-physical systems. Example application domains include electrification of transportation, renewable energy integration and microgrids, electrical systems for the marine environment, smart cities, and electrification of process industry including oil & gas.
The prospective candidate will have to take an active role in the creation and development of interdisciplinary research competence in digital control for emerging power electronic converters in smart energy systems, at the Department of Electric Power Engineering. The candidate is also expected to be engaged in the future development of relevant courses in the field of digitalization in electric power systems, with a view to pedagogical excellence.
Responsibilities and duties
MSc and PhD candidates from the study programmes of the Faculty are expected to be competitive in the international job market. The Professor/Associate Professor will play a leading role in developing the research and educational profile in her/his field, and in ensuring an excellent learning environment, in collaboration with colleagues, students, and external stakeholders. The Faculty’s study programmes are required to have a strong international profile, and as such the Professor/Associate Professor is expected to contribute to the development of international alliances and collaboration. The Professor/Associate Professor is required to teach relevant courses at all levels, and should supervise MSc and PhD students. Continuing education is included in the portfolio of educational activities of the Department, and the Professor/Associate Professor is expected to actively contribute to these activities.
The research activities of the Department rely crucially on external funding, and the development of educational programmes may also receive external funding. The Professor/Associate Professor is expected to work actively to secure research grants and funds from the Research Council of Norway, Nordic and European research and educational agencies, relevant industry partners, and other available sources. NTNU places great importance in projects under the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation, such as Horizon 2020. Thus, weightage in the selection process will be placed on experience in the acquisition and management of externally funded research projects.
The Professor/Associate Professor is expected to participate in the formal management of research, education, and other relevant areas of activity in agreement with the Head of Department. The Professor/Associate Professor is also expected to effectively disseminate relevant parts of her/his research to a wider audience.
The work place will be in Trondheim.
Applicants must hold a PhD relevant for the specified fields of research and teaching. We are looking for a candidate with a PhD in Electrical Engineering, with specialization in Power Electronics and with a strong background in Engineering Cybernetics (Control System Engineering), or vice versa.
For the position as Associate Professor, the applicant will primarily be evaluated on the basis of scholarly achievements and research potential, teaching experience and teaching potential, communication skills, and leadership potential,as well as motivation and personal suitability. The successful applicant must have a strong academic track record showing internationally competitive research, or demonstrate a clear potential to make a future international impact. Documented acquisition of external funding and experience with research leadership will be rated positively. Industrial experience and relevant collaboration with industry will be considered as beneficial. The candidate employed in the category of Associate Professor will later have the possibility of applying for a full professorship. The candidate should have a research potential which makes it likely to qualify for a full professorship within five years of employment, even with normal teaching duties.
For the position as Professor, the applicant must have a strong academic track record showing internationally competitive research. The applicant should demonstrate significant national and international networking and collaboration experience, leadership skills, and have a strong publication record in terms of papers in peer-reviewed journals and other relevant international publication channels. The applicant should document the ability to obtain external funding from relevant sources, be internationally recognized and be able to initiate and lead research at international level. Industrial experience and relevant collaboration with industry will be considered as beneficial. The candidate should have experience in the supervision of Masters and PhD students or similar experience qualifying for such work. The candidate’s motivation and personal suitability for the position will also be considered in the evaluation.
For both position categories, the applicant should demonstrate communication skills that qualify for excellent teaching, supervision, and dissemination. The applicant should possess interpersonal skills necessary for successful collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders. Further, documented competence in the execution of joint interdisciplinary projects will be considered in the evaluation. Demonstrated pedagogical excellence will be given weight in the selection process.
Concerning general criteria for the position, we refer to the Norwegian regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts:
If the candidate does not have prior formal pedagogical qualification in university-level teaching the candidate must complete a recognized course which gives a pedagogical qualification within the first two years of employment. NTNU offers such courses.
Proficiency in the English language must be documented. Proficiency in a Scandinavian language will be rated positively. New members of the academic staff who do not master a Scandinavian language are expected to achieve proficiency in Norwegian within three years of employment. This proficiency should correspond to level three in the Norwegian for Foreigners courses provided at NTNU.
Diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and assessments regarding the legislations regulating export control. The candidate must adhere regulations that concern changes and developments within the discipline and/or the organizational changes concerning activities at NTNU.
Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.
Further details about the position can be obtained from Professor Elisabetta Tedeschi, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Associate Professor Dimosthenis Peftitsis, email@example.com, or the Head of Department, Professor Ole-Morten Midtgård, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The position as Professor is normally remunerated with gross salary from NOK 611.700 to NOK 1.274.100 a year. 2% of the salary will be deducted as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
The position as Associate Professor is normally remunerated with gross salary from NOK 490.900 to NOK 722.400 a year. 2% of the salary will be deducted as an obligatory premium to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
Applications are to be submitted electronically through this page (www.jobbnorge.no). Preferably, all attachments should be combined into a single file.
The application must contain:
Joint works will also be evaluated. If it is difficult to identify the contributions from individuals in a scientific collaboration, applicants are to enclose a short summary of her/his contribution.
Following the application deadline, a shortlist of applicants will be drawn up, and all applicants will be informed whether they are placed on the shortlist or not. Shortlisted applicants will be evaluated by an international expert committee. The top candidates from this evaluation will be invited for trial lectures and interview. The evaluation will take into account not only the accumulated academic production, but also the candidate’s potential for scientific development and personal suitability. Young researchers are therefore encouraged to apply.
Application deadline: June 10, 2018.
Reference no: IE-088-2018.
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