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Researcher in Inorganic Materials Chemistry

Deadline: 09.02.2021

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.

Job description

A position as Researcher in inorganic materials chemistry is available at the Center for Materials science and Nanotechnology (SMN).

Starting date should be no later than 01.05.2021.

The researcher position, funded by the Research Council of Norway, is limited to two years and is devoted solely to research within the project described below.

More about the position

The Researcher position is attached to a broad project with focus on chemistry, structure and properties of compounds containing two different monoatomic anions, e.g. sulfide-oxides, hydride-oxides, and oxide-fluorides. The researcher will work in a team of 1-2 PhD students who have their focus on synthesis and characterization of such compounds, inter alia by developing routes within solid-state reactions, fluxes, topotactic ion-exchange and more.

A main task for the Researcher is to investigate new compounds obtained from the described synthesis efforts, by means of experiments at large scale research facilities, using neutrons and synchrotron X-rays, in combination with electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), physical and thermodynamic investigations.

The Researcher is expected to write proposals and head our local teams during beam time missions at international facilities. In particular, we expect the successful candidate to document experience from and interest into neutron based investigations. A goal for the project, including for the temporary staff of PhDs and the Researcher, is to build competence and capacity in the area of neutron based characterization methods.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Applicants for this research position will be selected in accordance with this, and are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in Chemistry or Physics. If the candidate does not have a PhD degree at the time of submitting his/her application, the applicant has until 1st March 2021 to defend the PhD thesis.

The candidate must document expertise within neutron and synchrotron based investigations of inorganic materials, at best with a variety of methods. In addition, we expect a solid background in crystallography, experience in materials synthesis and insight to physical characterization techniques and properties like magnetism and optics.

Good cooperation skills and good ability to work as a team member will be given weight in the selection process and during interview. The successful candidate should be willing and able to take on certain responsibilities with respect instrument operation and maintenance.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 526 000 – 608 200 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter - statement of motivation, summarizing of scientific work and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • 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.

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

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.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

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

Contact information

For further information about the research task, please contact:

For question regarding our recriutment system, please contact HR Adviser Ørjan Pretorius, [email protected].

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