Researcher (Immersive narratives and Place by Design approaches for the water industry) via EURAXESS

Trondheim, , NO

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About the position

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has a vacancy for Researcher working on stakeholder and citizen engagement with water innovations through immersive narratives and Place by Design approaches. The position is for a 2-year engagement in the H2020 project ULTIMATE (indUstry water-utiLiTy symbIosis for a sMarter wATEr society). The preferred starting date is September 1, 2020.

The project

ULTIMATE will act as a catalyst for “Water Smart Industrial Symbiosis” (WSIS) in which water/wastewater plays a key role both as a reusable resource but also as a vector for energy and materials to be extracted, treated, stored and reused within a dynamic socio-economic and business oriented industrial ecosystem. We adopt an evidence-based approach anchored on 9 large-scale demonstrations across Europe and SE Mediterranean relevant to the agro-food processing, beverages, heavy chemical/petrochemical and biotech industries. We recover, refine and reuse wastewater (industrial and municipal) but also extract and exploit energy (combined water-energy management, treatment processes as energy producers, water-enabled heat transfer, storage and recovery) and materials (nutrient mining and reuse, extraction and reuse of high-added-value exploitable compounds) contained in industrial wastewater. We support the cases and ensure their replicability through smart tools to optimize and control, assess costs and benefits, minimize risks and help stakeholders identify, assess and explore alternative symbiotic pathways linked to emerging business opportunities, supported by tailored contracts and investment schemes. ULTIMATE nurtures partnerships between business (incl. industrial and technological ecosystems), water service providers, regulators and policy makers and actively supports them through immersive Mixed Reality storytelling using technology and art to co-produce shared visions for a more circular, profitable, socially responsible and environmentally friendly industry, with water at its centre. The project mobilises a strong partnership of industrial complexes and symbiosis clusters, leading water companies and water service providers, specialised SMEs, research institutes and water-industry collaboration networks, and builds on an impressive portfolio of past and ongoing research and innovation, leveraging multiple European and global networks to ensure real impact.

The position

The selected researcher will be active in designing, promoting and accelerating business transformation for Water Smart Industrial Symbiosis (WSIS), through active stakeholder engagement and innovation co-creation, drawing on transdisciplinary knowledge and capacities from Art, Technology and Digital Humanities (immersive experiences in multi-use play spaces), supporting business-to-business, citizen and Living Lab engagement.

We seek a highly-motivated individual holding a PhD degree or with significant experience in design, arts, computer science, or other relevant disciplines. The candidate must document experiences in several of the following fields:

  • the trending nature of immersive media experiences
  • the technological challenges in creating immersive environments through place by design
  • understand the relationships with different categories of user in the industry
  • digital storytelling, research, and validation methodologies
  • working with consultation processes and tools and analysing feedback and information gathered with the stakeholder and citizen engagement tools
  • the candidate must be able to work well in a team and quickly acquire knowledge in new topics

You will report to Prof. Sveinung Sægrov at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Prof. Andrew Perkis at Department of Electronic Systems and be part of a team working with Water and wastewater at the former department and a team working with Immersive Media Experiences at the latter Department.

Duties of the position

  • Specification and design of immersive media experiences through “place by design” or “multi use play spaces” – for example using playbooks
  • Creation of immersive environments for stakeholder engagement in selected case studies
  • Setting up, managing and running immersive stakeholder and citizen engagement activities
  • Design, develop and demonstrate co-creation activities as part of stakeholder and citizen engagement – for example within Living Labs and Communities of Practices

Required selection criteria

  • Background in interactive media and art
  • Recent knowledge and practical experience related to immersive experiences
  • Skills and practical experience of programming especially in multimedia environments
  • Ability to work with practical solutions and real-world applications
  • Ability to work with stakeholders and citizens in co-creation processes
  • Expertise in user consultation and validation methodologies and tools for analysing feedback and information gathered with the designed tools.
  • Good written and oral English

Preferred selection criteria

  • Ability and interest in trans disciplinary work
  • Ability to work and interact with industry
  • Documentation or work and collaboration on a European level
  • Experience from H2020 projects

Personal characteristics

  • Are passionate about innovation and have a high level of curiosity and willingness to learn
  • Can document their ability to work in a team and deliver high-quality results independently
  • Can demonstrate the ability to engage with users and beneficiaries of their innovation
  • Can demonstrate that they can rapidly acquire and apply knowledge in new areas

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. 

We offer

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Researscher (code 1108 or code 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 428 200 – 594 400 or NOK 583 900 – 679 000 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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.

The position is subject to external funding. 

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis. 

About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English.

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.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include: 

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.

Generell informasjon

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

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. 

Under the Freedom of 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 Andrew Perkis, telephone +4791897483, email [email protected] or Sveinung Sægrov, phone +4793096277, email [email protected]. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Tone Måsøval Arntzen, e-mail: [email protected].

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: IV-122/20.

Application deadline: 24.05.2020

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

We conduct research and teaching in civil and transportation engineering, technical planning, structural engineering, water and wastewater engineering and hydraulic engineering. Graduates from our programmes become employees – in both the public and private sectors – with a sustainability mindset combined with competitive knowledge and skills. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.





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