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PhD Fellowship position in Sustainable innovation and radical technologies and solutions for future water industry

Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university with almost 22,000 students and over 2,500 employees. We have campuses in central Oslo and at Romerike. OsloMet educates students and conducts research that contributes to the sustainability of the Norwegian welfare state and the metropolitan region.

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 4.000 students and 400 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Viken.

The Department of Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineering (MEK) has vacant a PhD fellowship position in sustainable innovation and radical technologies and solutions for future water industry. Aquatic life in Oslo Fjord is threatened by pollution from urban wastewaters and agriculture. Norwegian wastewater industry has ambitious target to reduce energy consumption by 50%, and significantly decrease urban wastewater overflows. Hence, major technological investments will be necessary. 

The goal for project is to investigate possible radical innovations for future water industry from sustainability perspectives: societal, environmental, and economic. Which radical solutions and technologies could provide sustainable alternatives and what are the environmental, economic, and social impacts? What would this mean for Oslo Fjord, citizens, and municipality?

Main objective is to explore potentials and challenges for digital solutions to enable engagement for sustainable water consumption and disposal in Oslo area in 2030 and 2070.

The project is a collaboration between Department of Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical engineering, the Department of Art, Design and Drama and the department of Built Environment at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design. 

Area of research

Radical innovation in Norwegian water industry to improve the sustainability of water and sanitation systems in Oslo Area, will require collaboration and scientific competence across disciplines. This project will utilize transdisciplinary approaches in research for design for sustainability and innovation processes.

The project will employ research methods and work forms such as action research, foresight, co-creation, modeling and simulation, life-cycle assessment and digital prototype development. Emphasized in the project are collaboration with stakeholders in both the wastewater systems and the recreation areas of the fjord.

The participating stakeholders in the PhD project will include both young citizens in the urban areas (preferably students and teachers in design at upper og lower secondary school or similar); stakeholders in the water industry; and municipalities and government representants.

The position is for a period of three years. The goal must be to complete the PhD program/degree within the decided time frame.

Qualification requirements and conditions

The following grade requirements are a condition for employment in the position:

Admission to the doctoral program Innovation for Sustainability at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design within three months of employment is a prerequisite for the position. If you already have a doctorate in a related field, you will not qualify for the position.

In assessing the applicants, emphasis will be placed on the department's overall needs and the applicant's potential for research within the field.

General criteria for employment in academic positions are covered by the Regulations on employment conditions for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, scientific assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria

Personal suitability will be emphasised.

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to make adaptations to the workplace where required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have had periods where you have not been in employment, education or training.

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To be considered for the position, you must upload the following documents by the application deadline:

The following language tests are approved documentation: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). In these tests, you must have achieved at least the following scores:

We only process applications sent via our electronic recruitment system and all documents must be uploaded for your application to be processed. The documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Translations must be authorized. You must present originals at any interview. OsloMet checks documents, so that you as a candidate will get a real evaluation and fair competition.  

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. A background check may be conducted to verify information in submitted CVs and available documents. Background checks are not conducted without the consent of the applicant and relevant applicants will receive further information about this.

Other information

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

The position is paid according to the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, position code 1017 PhD fellow, NOK 532 200 per year.

If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact 

If you would like to apply for the position, you must do so electronically through our recruitment system.

Deadline for applications: August 1st 2024

Ref.: 24/19736

OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commission holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion.

OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.

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 are seen to be in conflict with the criteria in the latter law will not be considered for the position.

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