Information for applicants – PhD Process, Energy and Automation Engineering

Applicants to our PhD positions must have a Master of Science or equivalent higher education qualifications. Positions are typically available to candidates with a master degree in one of the following areas: process technology, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, energy technology, environmental technology, power engineering and cybernetics.

Specific information about application requirements and qualifications are found in the job advertisements for our vacant PhD positions.

Vacancies at USN

General information on how a recruitment process is conducted: Applying for a position at USN.

To be qualified and accepted into the PhD program Process, Energy and Automation Engineering

Applicants must:

  • Hold a master of science and a strong academic knowledge within the research field
  • Achieved grade B or above from the Master degree, in addition to a grade B or better of the final master thesis
  • Have an excellent command of written and spoken English. Norwegian or another Scandinavian language will be an advantage
  • Meet formal admission requirements, referring to Regulations for PhD Degrees at USN
  • Be motivated, exhibit reflective thinking and demonstrate a proven ability to work individually with supervision, as well as co-operate effectively within an active research environment

How to apply

There are two ways you can be enrolled into the programme.

1) Apply for and get an announced Research fellow position

2) Have a financial guarantee from an employer/organization. Such a guarantee normally includes 3 years of salary, operating costs, work place and supervision. Our PhD programme at USN does not accept private financial support (own saved money, funding by spouse/family etc) as a basis for admission to the PhD programme.

Applications must include the following documents:

University of South Eastern Norway uses online applications. We therefore ask applicants to register their application and CV online. Application to our vacant positions must normally include the following documents:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  • Digital copy of the Master’s thesis
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • References (contact information)

Applicants will be evaluated based on academic performance (grades from the bachelor and master degrees), relevant research work, project plan/motivation letter and interview performance.

Please note that an authorized translator must translate all documents into English (or a Scandinavian language). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Specific information about application requirements and qualifications are found in the job advertisements for our vacant PhD positions.

Certified copies of relevant transcripts and diplomas

Admission is based on a relevant master of science degree.

Copy of official transcripts from each college or university must be submitted with the application. Students with academic records from schools outside of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Iceland must provide a thorough explanation of the programs’ degree requirements and grading system.

Documents of funding

Applicants who don’t apply for a research scholar position must be able to document funding for the three year duration of the PhD program.

Link to possible financial funds:

Contact information

Professor and program director:
Svein Thore Hagen

PhD coordinator:
Mariken Kjøhl-Røsand