University College of Southeast Norway  - PhD Research Fellow in 2D materials enhanced optical sensors for biological MEMS

University College of Southeast Norway was established 1 January 2016, and has about 18 000 students and about 1500 employees. The university college is organized in four faculties, with instruction and R&D activities on eight campuses. The main profile of the university college is to provide socially relevant education, geared towards specific professions, and adapted to the requirements of the workplace, as well as to produce applied research and development.

PhD Research Fellow in 2D materials enhanced optical sensors for biological MEMS

Deadline Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacant position as PhD Research Fellow in 2D materials enhanced optical sensors for biological MEMS.

The Research Fellow will be affiliated with the Department of Microsystems and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Campus Vestfold in Horten.

Qualifications reguirements

All applicants must have a Master’s degree or education at an equivalent level related to the field of research of the respective position. According to the formal PhD regulations, an average grade B or better from the Master’s degree, in addition to a grade B or better of the final master project, is required. The degree of the applicant must have been awarded before  the commencement date of the PhD project.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language must provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken.

The staff at the Faculty work in different research teams, and the candidate must be motivated to share his or her knowledge and cooperate. Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

Admission as a research fellow is made on the condition of appointment to the doctoral programme in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems.

Information about the position

The project aims to develop a novel concept of optical sensors for ultrasensitive biosensing, which is innovatively enhanced by 2D materials such as, molybdenum disulfide, graphene, and even organic chemical (2,3,6,7,10,11-hexaaminotriphenylene), etc. Ultrahigh photo-responsivity and strong gain requiring lower power consumption will be the main challenges to be conquered together with the team members for this project. Thin-film optical semiconductors made of polymers, organic molecules or quantum dots free from heavy metals are alternative solutions. The research will address the fundamentals of combining high carrier mobility of the 2D material and strong photon absorption in the optical semiconductor, and eventual demonstration of the concept. This project will cooperate with other reputable research centres in EU and China; therefore the candidate may have a short period staying abroad financed by the partners. The outcome of this project will contribute to the biosensing technologies, which has attracted vast interests from both regional and international industries focusing on microsystem technology and environmental monitoring.

We are looking for candidates with Masters degree in electronics, bioelectronics, materials science, applied physics, applied chemistry or related subjects. Knowledge in MEMS or biomedical analysis is a plus.

Appointment is for a period of three years. The position does not include teaching duties.

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 436 900 a year. Further promotion will be based on service in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 may be considered. Salary NOK 436 900 – 600 200 a year. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan.

Additional information

The Academic Appointments Board is responsible for appointments to academic positions at University College of Southeast Norway. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

It is an aim of personnel policy that the academic staff of University College of Southeast Norway should reflect the composition of the general population. It is therefore a personnel policy objective to achieve a balanced age and gender composition on the faculty and to recruit people from ethnic minority backgrounds. People from ethnic minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position.

There are few women employed in research positions at the Department, and consequently women are especially encouraged to apply.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined.

How to apply

University College of Southeast Norway uses online applications. We therefore ask applicants to register their application and CV online by clicking on the “Send application” link to the right. The application must include the following documents:

  1. Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  2. Master’s thesis
  3. If relevant, a list of scientific publications
  4. Three references with contact information

Please note that all documents must be translated into English or a Scandinavian language by an authorized translator.

Send application

Søknadsfrist: 19.09.2017

Kontakt: Academic Appointments Board