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Researcher in Advanced Semiconductors Thin Film Deposition and Characterization

Deadline: 23.05.2021

Job description

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) is an interdisciplinary focus field for material and energy research at the University of Oslo. SMN has focused on basic research in renewable energy and environmentally friendly use of fossil energy sources. The center consists of research groups from the Department of Physics (Fi) and Chemistry (Ki), has about 100 employees from around the world and manages more than 80 projects funded by the EU, the RCN and others.

A Position as Researcher is available at the Department of Physics/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, University of Oslo. The position is for a period of 15 months.

Preferred starting date in summer 2021

More about the position

A researcher position is available in the Semiconductor Physics Group at the Department of Physics/ Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN), University of Oslo (UiO). The employed researcher will work directly with a team of scientists at the Micro- and Nanotechnology Laboratory MiNaLab, located on the UiO campus. The aims with the PERLA-PV project is to demonstrate high efficiency solar cells. The project is funded by the EEA grant and run in collaboration with several international partners. The primary objective of the work performed by the present position is to achieve so-called carrier selective interfaces, i.e. electrical contacts allowing the conduction of carriers with specific polarity. In particular, the research emphasis will be on the hole selective contact optimization using appropriate semiconducting oxides.

Upon the optimization, these components will be used by the project partners, for integration with the rest of the device components. Thus, the position requires a dedicated expertise and, concurrently, opens opportunities for very interesting explorations as a whole. As such, the position requires a combination of excellent skills in oxides deposition/ characterization as well as a solid background in semiconductor physics.

Direct responsibilities for this position include:

  • Semiconducting oxides deposition choosing form a variety of advanced methods available at the MiNaLab: sputtering, atomic layer deposition, metal organic chemical vapour deposition, etc;
  • Structural, electrical, and optical characterization of the deposited films;
  • Characterization of the corresponding electrical contacts.

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate that has talents for the experimental research work and practical laboratory work. The research will be done at the MiNaLab, a laboratory with large clean room areas encompassing state-of the- art equipment for both fabrication and material and device characterization.

Around 100 researchers are currently working in the MiNaLab and we are seeking a person who enjoys teamwork, with excellent communication skills.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among the leading communities for research, education and innovation in Europe. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Physics, materials science or a related field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment.
  • Documented expertise in the deposition of advanced semiconducting oxides; this experience must be documented in form of publications in high impact factor journals, e.g. of Applied Physical Letters caliber or similar.
  • Documented expertise – in form of the corresponding papers - in structural, electrical and optical characterization of the semiconducting oxide films.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is desirable, but not mandatory.

Desirable qualifications:

  • Expertise in solar cell device physics
  • Experience to work in clean room environment
  • Track record in supervising MSc or PhD students
  • Good social, communication and collaboration skills and ability to work independently and in interdisciplinary scientific environment

We offer

  • salary NOK 526 000 – 608 200 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Reseacher (position code 1109)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Up to 5 selected published papers that the applicant wishes to be considered on the criterion of the experience relevance
  • A complete list of publications
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability.

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

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For questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR adviser Ørjan Pretorius, email: [email protected].

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