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Researcher position in Inorganic materials chemistry

Deadline: 30.09.2020

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

An 18 month 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. Starting date no later than 01.12.2020.

More about the position

We are looking 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 doctor fellows /researchers. External collaboration with other academic research groups and industry actors will take place via the current project SilcRoad (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 for the work in the Silcroad project is the studies of Si-based model materials for anodes in Li-ion batteries. The primary focus of the advertised position will be on studies of thin film/coatings of Si-based electrode materials with the use of X-ray diffraction, scattering, reflectometry as well as optical spectroscopy. Other characterization methods may also be applied, e.g. NMR, XPS, SEM and TEM, primarily by SINTEF as project partner. The preparation of model materials and electrodes will be primarily done by IFE. In addition, within this project post mortem analysis and operando studies will be carried out. 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 is to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. 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 following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • The applicant should hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian PhD degree within chemistry or a related field, and with relevant specialization within inorganic chemistry, 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 are searching for a candidate with good and relevant skills so that he/she can quite 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:

  • X-ray diffraction, scattering and reflectometry
  • Crystal structure and total scattering/PDF analysis, IR/RAMAN spectroscopy
  • Handling and electrochemical characterization of battery materials

We offer

  • salary NOK 523 200 – 583 900 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (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 transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. 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.

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

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

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