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PhD Research Fellow in Solid-state electrochemistry

Deadline: 15.11.2021

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.

About the position

Position as PhD Research Fellow in Solid-state electrochemistry available at Department of Chemistry / Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date as soon as possible and no later than 15.02.2022.

The fellowship will be for a period of three (3) years.

Job description

We are seeking a curious and motivated PhD research fellow to join our Electrochemistry team. You will be part of the project “novel OXygen carriers in sustainable HYdrogen PROduction”. OXHYPRO is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (RCN 315083) and coordinated by SINTEF AS with UiO as a partner.

OXHYPRO aims to develop oxygen carrier materials for chemical looping hydrogen production. The PhD project will focus on surface kinetics, and defect and transport properties in selected oxide-based candidates for oxygen carrier materials. Your responsibilities will be synthesis, fabrication and characterization of the materials.

The most important part of your work will be the characterization of the fundamentals of surface kinetics and transport properties of the oxides, using a range of characterization techniques based on isotope gas-phase analysis and electrochemical methodologies. Research will be undertaken in close collaboration with SINTEF with regards to fabrication and testing, thus we are looking for a good team player as well as a self-driven and independent researcher.

As a PhD research fellow in our Electrochemistry group, you will be part of an international team that cares about both people and science. We drink too much coffee, love cake and value collaboration and eagerness to learn, which ensures a good and thriving work environment. Our group is part of the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN), which is an interdisciplinary focal point for material and energy research at the University of Oslo. We have a strong connection to SINTEF AS, with whom we collaborate on several projects.

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.

  • Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in solid-state electrochemistry, materials chemistry or materials science, with knowledge and experience in synthesis and characterization of inorganic materials and electrochemical measurements and/or studies of catalytic properties of oxides. Experience with defects and transport in ceramic materials is desirable. The position may involve teaching; knowledge in one of the Scandinavian languages is as such an advantage, but not a requirement. We are seeking a candidate who is communicative, quality minded, curious and eager to learn, motivated and self-driven, and fluent in English.

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. 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 491 200 - 534 400 per year 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 containing a brief statement of motivation and research interests, plus a statement of the three top skills that make you suitable for this position according to the requirements and preferences listed, plus mention of any lacks of required and preferred skills listed.
  • CV (summarizing education with main results and grades), positions and academic work, and scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency in case of foreign non-natively English speaking nationals not having a Master form UiO
  • 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

Applications are to be submitted online and NOT sent to contact persons below.

However, for information about the position, applicants may contact:

For question regarding our recriutment portal, please contact HR Adviser Ørjan Pretorius, e-mail: [email protected].

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