Researcher in the WHITECYCLE interdisciplinary project

Western Norway University of Applied Science
January 15, 2023
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Researcher in the WHITECYCLE interdisciplinary project This is Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 17,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Engineering and Science has approximately 370 employees and approximately 3,260 students. The faculty has a broad educational offer at both bachelor's and master's level in engineering and science, as well as PhD education in computer technology. The Mohns Center for Innovation and Regional Development researches innovation and offers master's education in innovation and entrepreneurship. The diving education offers a one-year vocational school education.

The main part of the faculty's activities are in Haugesund, Bergen, Sogndal and Førde, but we also offer decentralized education in Stord.

The faculty's activities are internationally based and take place in close collaboration with regional companies, clusters, health trusts and the public sector, including other institutions in the university and college sector. This applies to research, development, innovation and not least education with student projects at all levels.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and

Science has a vacancy for one Researcher in the WHITECYCLE interdisciplinary project

About the position:

The position is part of the ongoing and future research in the lab “Data- driven energy system analysis” at HVL at the Department of Environmental Sciences. The research lab studies the low carbon energy transition, using a broad portfolio of quantitative and qualitative methods.

The position will contribute to implementing the EU-funded project "WHITECYCLE" ("UPSCALING OF INNOVATIVE PROCESSES FOR THE RECYCLING OF PET FROM COMPLEX WASTES: A CASE STUDY INVOLVING MECHANICAL AND ENZYMATIC SORTING APPLIED TO TYRES, TEXTILES AND HOSES"). The project is led by Manufacture Francaise des Pneumatiques Michelin and has 15 international partners. In this interdisciplinary project, HVL leads data management and integrated assessment activities.

Additionally, the position will support the FAIRification of data, manage interdisciplinary data collection for the integrated assessment, and lead dissemination and exploitation activities for HVL. The opportunity to develop teaching material from the research project for the International Master on Climate Change Management at HVL is offered.

The position is a temporary, one-year position.

We offer a stimulating, interdisciplinary academic environment.

The position is affiliated with the Department of Environmental Sciences at campus Sogndal.


Applicants must have a completed PhD degree and bring strong work experience in interdisciplinary topics.

The candidate must demonstrate:

  • long-term practice in the dissemination and exploitation of interdisciplinary research results
  • knowledge about organizing FAIRification, and
  • experience in international research collaboration
  • Scientific publications related to the topics of energy transition and data management will strengthen the application. Experience in the development of education material from interdisciplinary research is very welcome. Considering the nature of research interests in the lab “Data-driven energy system analysis” at HVL, we seek candidates willing to work in an interdisciplinary team.

    The candidate must be able to work independently, be flexible and self- motivated, and demonstrate good collaborative abilities. Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral, are mandatory. Native speaker knowledge is preferred.

    The following elements will be emphasized in the evaluation of applicants:

  • Academic qualifications
  • Knowledge about FAIR data management
  • Demonstrated ability to lead communication, dissemination, and exploitation in interdisciplinary projects
  • Excellent English written and oral communication and presentation skills
  • Personal characteristics
  • Application procedure:

    Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members.

    Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

    The application must include a motivation letter, a CV, and proof of experience with interdisciplinary research (e.g., through samples of publications, list of project applications, etc.).

    Applicants with an education from outside of Norway must include a certified translation in English (or a Scandinavian language) of their diploma(s) and transcript(s) of grades. Furthermore, applicants with an education from outside of Norway must include an assessment of their education from the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), confirming that the applicant's education corresponds in scope and level to a Norwegian master's degree.

    Please see www. for more information about NOKUT's general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

    Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.

  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours
  • Salaries will be offered as researcher - code 1109 in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

    There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see https:// www. for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

    General information:

    The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

    State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

    Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

    Short-listed applicants will be called in for an interview.

    Employed on condition that you are granted a work and residence permit (must be considered individually).


    1) Head of Department, Tarald Seldal email: phone: +47 57 67 62 40

    2) Professor Valeria Jana Schwanitz email: phone: +47 95 76 44 11

    Interaction, Sustainability, Innovation

    Western Norway University of Applied Sciences shall be a university with a clear professional and working life-oriented profile.

    Through education, research and development we create new knowledge and expertise, anchored internationally and with solutions that work locally.



    15th January 2023


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