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Researcher in Inorganic Materials Chemistry

Deadline: 18.05.2021

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 a Researcher within the field of Inorganic materials chemistry (battery materials) is available at the Department of Chemistry/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN), section NAFUMA - nanostructures and functional materials. The researcher position, funded by the Research Council of Norway, is limited to 12 months. Starting date no later than 01.09.2021.

More about the position

We search for a creative, skilled and ambitious researcher to join our research activities on battery materials. The researcher will work in a team of 6-10 PhD students and post-doctoral fellows /researchers. External collaboration with other academic research groups and industry actors will take place via the current project SIGNAL (funded by the Research Council of Norway; coordinated by the Institute for Energy Technology, IFE), as well as the FME center MoZEES.

The main topic of the work within the SIGNAL project is the development of Si/graphene composite materials for anodes of Li-ion batteries through a novel approach. The successful candidate will focus on the chemical modifications of Si-based materials, electrochemical evaluation and advanced characterization by X-ray methods: diffraction, scattering, reflectometry, pair distribution function as well as microscopy. Experiments using synchrotron radiation are foreseen, depending on access and travelling regulations.

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.

  • The applicant should possess a degree equivalent to a Norwegian PhD degree in Chemistry or a related field, and with relevant specialization within battery science, electrochemistry, nanochemistry, materials chemistry or materials science. In exceptional cases, highly qualified candidates according to the scientific requirements but holding just an MSc degree may be considered.
  • We search for a candidate with good and relevant skills so that he/she can immediately start working on the key scientific tasks. The following qualifications will be given major weight in the evaluation of the candidates. In the cover letter the applicant must describe his/her experience (expertise) within the following areas:
    • Chemistry of battery materials.
    • Electrochemical characterization of battery materials.
    • X-ray diffraction, scattering and reflectometry.
    • Crystal structure and total scattering/PDF analysis, IR/RAMAN spectroscopy.
    • Microscopy.

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 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.

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

For further information about the research task, please contact:

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

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