The PhD programme activities are the backbone of the research conducted at the faculty. The research done by the PhD students is an integral part of the activities in the five faculty research groups:
- Energy and CO2 capture (ECC)
- Hydro Power, Transmission and Distribution
- Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technologies (SMART)
- Telemark Modeling and Control Centre (TMCC)
- Telemark Process Safety, Combustion and Explosion Laboratory (TPSCEL)
Examples of research areas are (in alphabetic order):
- Alternative fuels
- Biogas production
- CO2 capture
- High-voltage power systems
- Hydrogen safety
- Hydro power
- Multiphase flow processes
- Process control
- Sensor technology
- Smart houses
Who can apply
Candidates can apply for PhD positions announced at the USN website. We do not accept open applications.
The research topics will be pre-defined by the faculty supervisors. The research area will vary, depending on which research group that offers the position. Hence, the required background of the candidate will also vary.
Positions are typically available to candidates with a master's degree in one of the following areas: process technology, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy technology, environmental technology, power engineering and cybernetics.
The faculty research groups cooperate with many international partners, mainly through joint research projects. Examples (alphabetically ordered):
ABB Power Products Division, Air Liquide, Frankrike, Alstom/GE (Germany), DTU (Denmark), ETH (Switzerland), European Commission Joint Research Center (Netherlands), Harbin Institute of Technology (China), Health and Safety Executive (UK), Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China), Hubei University (China), INERIS (France), International Energy Agency, Japan Automobile Research Institute (Japan), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), Kathmandu University (Nepal), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Lublin University of Technology (Poland), Modelon AB, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (USA), National Technical University of Ukraine, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (USA), Sandia National Laboratories (USA), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Toho University (Japan), United Technologies Research Center (USA), Universidad de Valladolid (Spain), Universidad Politecnic de Catalunya (Spania), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Canada), University of Austin Texas (USA), University of California at Berkeley (USA), University of Minnesota, University of Moratuwa (Sri Lanka), University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Austria), University of Newcastle (UK), University of Southern Denmark, University of Turin (Italy), University of Ulster (UK), UPC (Spain)