PhD Research Fellow in Applied Micro- and Nanonsystems

Deadline: 31.08.2021

University of South-Eastern Norway

The University of South-Eastern Norway, USN, is one of Norway’s largest higher education institutions, with around 18,000 students and 1,900 employees across eight different campuses.

We offer studies, research and knowledge dissemination, all targeting various professions and working life and with a high level of quality internationally. Our goal as a University is to create value both for the individual student and for business and commerce, the public sector and society in general. We achieve this by utilising the best tools we have: education and research.

USN is a University with a strong social commitment where studies and working life are integrated. At USN, we focus on practice-relevant, profession-oriented and applied research and education.

The students shall benefit from innovative educational methods and challenging studies closely associated with society's requirements and needs.

They will learn how to adapt to a society and working life that is constantly changing. The University shall meet major social challenges with knowledge and expertise, helping to promote practical solutions, structural changes and new ways of thinking. USN’s academic activities shall be embodied by a clear dedication to the UN’s sustainable development goals. The University aims to realise this main profile in close cooperation with society and working life.

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The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Scinences have a vacancy for a temporary position as PhD Research Fellow in Applied Micro- and Nanonsystems

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a 100% position as PhD Research Fellow in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems from 01.11.2021.

The position is located at the Department of Microsystems and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Campus Vestfold, Norway.

The employment period will be three years of full time with no teaching obligations, and there is a premise for employment that the PhD Research Fellow is enrolled in USN’s PhD-program in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems within three months of accession in the position.

About the PhD-project

The PhD research fellow will be part of a team of scientists and engineers from the University of South-Eastern Norway and multiple European research organizations. The position is funded by USN Research-Department associated with two European Economic Area (EEA) research projects. The research fellow will develop photochemical/electrochemical techniques for renewable energy applications, based on the use of sustainable low-cost materials (i.e TiO2, carbon). The technique will be used for H2 generation through water splitting as well as for converting CO2 into small organic molecules. This work lies within the topic of advanced materials, materials chemistry and physics, and nanotechnology. The research will be fundamental in nature and revolve around the fabrication and characterization of nanomaterials and the analysis of photochemical/photoelectrochemical reactions. The PhD research fellow will be expected to work both independently and as part of a team.

The appointment is for a period of three years. The position does not include teaching duties.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) equivalent higher education qualifications in photochemistry, electrochemistry, materials chemistry and physics, nanotechnology, or semiconductor physics.The degree must be accomplished before application deadline.

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and at the same time have the motivation to share knowledge and take part in team work. Personal suitability for the post will be emphasised.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Applied Micro- and Nanosystems within three months of accession in the position. For admission to the Programme the weighted average grade is B or higher is usually required.

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives.

The applicant must document that he / she is fluent in English orally and in writing. Applicants are required to provide evidence of good English language skills, written and spoken. Applicants outside the Scandinavian educational system may use the following tests as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS.

The following qualifications will be considered as a priority during the evaluation process:

  • Knowledge on photochemistry/electrochemistry, fundamental physics or simulation methods (DFT, FDTD etc.).
  • Hands-on experiences on micro/nano fabrication techniques, such as, wet chemical synthesis, thin film deposition (PVD, CVD) as well as characterization techniques of nanomaterials for photochemical/electrochemical applications (i.e. SEM, XRD, AFM, UV-Vis, GC, electrochemical workstation, 4-probe measurements). Experience with PE/PEC tools is preferable.

We offer

  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 491 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position.

In special cases, employment in code 1378 (NOK 491 200 - 626 100 a year) may be considered.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellowships is responsible for the appointment. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post. Please note that approved work permit is a prerequisite for the employment.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition and aims to recruit persons with a background as an immigrant.

The Department has few women appointed in scientific positions, and women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

The University contributes to the Inkluderingsdugnaden (a voluntary scheme to promote inclusion), and it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the post. The University will facilitate the workplace for employees with disabilities.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

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How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (120 ECTS).
  • Other relevant certificates (i. e. Master's thesis).
  • A motivation letter.
  • Documentation of english proficiency [i.e. TOEFL, IELTS].
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these.
  • Three references (contact information).
  • Master students who finish their thesis this semester can also apply and will receive conditional evaluation.

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

The application will be assessed on the basis of the attached documentation as requested above. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application deadline.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

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