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PhD Research Fellow in Momentum Resolved (S)TEM-EELS of Semiconductors

Deadline: 03.05.2021

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

Position as PhD Research Fellow in physics available at Department of Physics / Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology.

The PhD position is of 3 years duration. Preferred starting date of August 1, 2021.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

More about the position

The PhD fellowship is part of the research project entitled “Momentum Resolved Band Structures from Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy” (MORTY), funded by the Research Council of Norway. The goal of MORTY is to develop new techniques to study the band structure of semiconductors using Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy (EELS) in the Transmission Electron Microscope. This will allow us to «see» the band structure of a material down to the nanometer scale and will provide a new tool for scientists working to improve the properties of semiconducting materials.

The PhD position is dedicated to the experimental part of the project and will focus on obtaining and analyzing momentum resolved EELS data from (S)TEM-EELS experiments. The PhD student will collaborate closely with team of senior researchers and technical staff as well as a post-doctoral researcher working on theoretical approaches to extracting band structure information from experimental data.

The MORTY project will make use of the excellent facilities provided by the Norwegian Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (NORTEM) in Oslo, as well as state-of-the-art instrumentation provided by our project partner at the Humboldt-University of Berlin. There will be opportunities for longer and shorter stays abroad visiting our project partners or other collaborators.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition 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.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in physics or materials science. Foreign completed degrees (M.Sc.-level) must correspond to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system.
  • Academic credentials in the upper segment of their class (see Grade requirements below)
  • Solid understanding of materials physics and semiconductor band structures

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 15 August, 2021 to complete the final exam.

Desirable qualities:

  • A background in (S)TEM or EELS
  • Strong data analysis skills, e.g., using Python or Matlab
  • Good social, communication and collaboration skills and ability to work independently and in interdisciplinary scientific environmentt.

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English. evt. and preferably aa Scandinavian language.
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:



We offer

  • Salary NOK 482 200 – 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • 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 and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • 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

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

Contact information

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