Saturday, April 17, 2021

PhD Candidate in ‘Industrializing offshore wind through networks of new technology’


The Department of geography has a temporary position available as PhD Candidate in ‘Industrializing offshore wind through networks of new technology’.

The 3-year research position as PhD candidate is an educational position that shall provide promising research recruits the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a Ph.D. The position is connected to the PhD-program at the faculty of Social and Educational Science, specializing in geography, and the faculty will be your employer. You will be a part of a growing research environment in economic geography, innovation and sustainability transition studies at the Department of geography. You will report to Head of Department.

This PhD project is part of the newly established FME NorthWind (Norwegian Research Centre on Wind Energy) that has as aim to bring forward outstanding research and innovation to create jobs and grow exports, and to facilitate the sustainable development of wind power.

The Centre is led by SINTEF, with research partners NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), UiO (University of Oslo), NINA (The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research), and NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute).

The Centre involves more than 40 national and international industrial partners that, together with the research partners, comprise a world leading consortium for the development of a sustainable wind energy future.  

The Department of Geography participates in this interdisciplinary centre and contributes with the social science research. The PhD-position will be organized within the work package 5 Sustainable Wind Development and will focus particularly on the creation of a knowledge base for accelerated deployment of wind energy in the European energy transition supported by Norwegian competence, technology, and resources.


Duties of the position

The PhD is expected to:

use relevant theoretical perspectives (i.e. global production networks, global value chains, innovation systems, industry clusters, sustainable energy transitions)

to study how manufacturing firms, supporting organizations, and institutions work and collaborate together to promote innovation, upscaling, serial production, cost efficiency and environmental upgrading within offshore wind

account for the implications of these activities for regional industrial development

The candidate must engage in the FME NortWind activities as required.

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 human geography, innovation or sustainable transition studies 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.

You must also have good written and oral English.

Preferred selection criteria

It is beneficial that you have skills in Norwegian language or another Scandinavian language.

You should have good skills in conducting social research on industry, in qualitative methodology, including case study design and in academic writing.

Personal characteristics

ability to take initiative and work independently;

positive and professional attitude;

enthusiasm for fieldwork.

We offer

exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment

an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues

favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

employee benefits

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.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Social Sciences, specializing in geography  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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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 or a Scandinavian language.

Publications and other 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:

CV, certificates and diplomas

a statement/cover letter detailing how this position would match the interests, experience and career plan of the applicant.

research plan or project proposal (max 3 pages)

academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 5 works)

name and address of three referees

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.

Incomplete applications are not evaluated. 

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 professor Asbjørn Karlsen, telephone +47 73591915, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR by Renate Johansen, e-mail:

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 SU-557 when applying.

Application deadline: 30.04.2021


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