PhD research fellow in novel materials for green Hydrogen production

Deadline: 24.09.2023

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Engineering and Science has approximately 300 employees and approximately 3,200 students. The faculty has a broad educational offer at both bachelor's and master's level in engineering and science, as well as PhD education in computer technology. The Mohns Center for Innovation and Regional Development researches innovation and offers master's education in innovation and entrepreneurship. The diving education offers a one-year vocational school education.

The main part of the faculty's activities are in Haugesund, Bergen, Sogndal and Førde.

The faculty's activities are internationally based and take place in close collaboration with regional companies, clusters, health trusts and the public sector, including other institutions in the university and college sector. This applies to research, development, innovation and not least education with student projects at all levels.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL), Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences has an open position for a PhD research fellow in novel materials for green Hydrogen production.

About the position:

The PhD Research Fellow will be affiliated with the Environment-friendly Energy Research center – Hyvalue that focuses on the entire value chain for hydrogen - production, distribution, use, regulations, safety, and commercialization. The successful candidate will be attached to the Advanced Nano materials for Clean Energy and Health Applications (ANCEHA) research group at the Department of Computer science, Electrical engineering and Mathematical sciences, at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).

About the PhD project/ work tasks:

The primary objective of the PhD project is to implement new nano structures and optimizing processes to develop high-efficient, environmentally stable, cost-effective, green hydrogen production technologies. Photocatalytic and photo electrochemical approaches for converting solar energy directly into Hydrogen are becoming promising candidates for future. This PhD research project will focus on developing and testing novel materials for photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical hydrogen production. Project will also address on identifying key design criteria for large-scale photocatalytic hydrogen production

Required educational background:

The PhD research fellow should have master's degree either in Chemistry, Physics, Nanotechnology, Material Sciences or Energy technology or in a closely related field, or have submitted the master's thesis before the application deadline. A solid experimental background in synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials is required for the PhD position. Prior knowledge and experience working with Hydrogen related technologies will be an advantage. In addition to the required educational background, the following criteria will be evaluated: competence and grades on completed course work, quality of the master's thesis (excellent grade, equivalent of grade B or better on the ECTS grading system), publications (if any), research and teaching experience.

The candidate must be diligent and display the ability to work independently, supplemented with regular guidance, and is expected to carry out high-quality research and to publish the results in international workshops, conferences, and journals.

The PhD research fellow must enroll in the PhD programme at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences or at our collaborating partner, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Bergen, and must meet the formal admission requirements for admission into the PhD programme. 25% of the 4-year period will be designated to administrate the laboratory related tasks. An application for enrolment should first be submitted after an appointment is made and the supervisor will help with this procedure. The candidate must submit the application for enrollment in a PhD programme within 3 months from the start of the employment.

Special requirements for the position:

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation might be applied in the processing of the applications.

Application procedure:

Applications will be evaluated by an expert panel of three members.

Applicants are asked to submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment to the online application:

  • Master Thesis
  • Copies of selected academic publications (no more than 15)
  • A CV with a complete list of academic publications
  • Diplomas and certificates

Applicants should indicate which publications or parts of publications should be given special consideration in the evaluation. If the documents submitted are not in a Scandinavian language or in English, the applicants must submit certified translations of these. The transcripts must specify the topics, the course works, and the grades at the bachelor`s and master`s degree levels. 

Applicant whose education is from another country than Norway, need to also attach a certified translation of the diploma and transcript of grades to English or a Scandinavian language, if the original is not in any of these languages. It is required that the applicant enclose a review from NOKUT whether the education (bachelor and master’s degree) is of a scope and level that corresponds to the level of a Norwegian master’s degree. Please see www.nokut.no/en for more information about NOKUT’s general recognition. This may take some time and we recommend you to apply as soon as you know you will apply for this position. If no answer within the application deadline, please enclose documentation from NOKUT that they have received your application.

Applicants should note that the evaluation will be based on the documentation submitted electronically via Jobbnorge within the submission deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date. It is of utmost importance that all publications to be considered in the evaluation are uploaded as an attachment with the application, since these are sent electronically to the expert panel. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at the college.


  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours 

Initial salaries will be offered at grade 54 (code 1017) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see here for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

Short-listed applicants will be called in for an interview.

Employed on condition that you are granted a work and residence permit.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation might be applied in the processing of the applications.


1) Professor Dhayalan Velauthapillai, phone +47 55 58 77 11, E-mail: Dhayalan.Velauthapillai@hvl.no

2) Professor Håvard Helstrup, phone +47 55 58 75 61, E-mail: Havard.Helstrup@hvl.no

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