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Postdoctoral Fellow in Bio electrochemical systems

Deadline: 15.06.2020

University of South-Eastern Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway has about 18 000 students and about 1500 employees. The university is organized in four faculties, with instruction and R&D activities on eight campuses. The main profile of the university is to provide socially relevant education, geared towards specific professions, and adapted to the requirements of the workplace, as well as to produce applied research and development.

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a temporary post as Postdoctoral Fellow in Bio electrochemical systems

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Scienences has a vacancy for a position as Posdoctoral Fellow in bio-electrochemical systems from August 15 2020.

The position relates to the Department of microsystems and reports to the Head of the Department. The main place of work is currently campus Vestfold, located at Bakkenteigen between Tønsberg and Horten.

Responsibilities and duties

The Postdoctoral fellow position connects to University strategic supported research activity "Renewable Energy and Climate". The Postdoctoral project will be within the research field of bio-electrochemical technology for "power to gas" application.

The candidate will be involved in a large activity network to develop a bio-electrochemical system for "power to gas" application. The major task for the candidate is to study the formation of heterojunctions between organic microorganisms and inorganic electrodes, and the electron transfer mechanism through the heterojunctions at different electrode over potentials. The research tasks also include fabricating networks of low dimensional materials for porous electrodes with micro/nano hybrid features, large surface gain, high electrical conductivity, and bio-electrochemical active sites being to host massive amount of microorganisms.

The Postdoctoral fellow will work within the research group BECs at TNM. The Postdoctoral fellow will be expected to work independently and as part of a group, involve in the supervision of PhD or master students. The position has the objective of qualifying for higher academic positions.

The appointment is for a term of 3 years.


Applicants must have a Norwegian doctorate or equivalent education abroad in bio-electrochemical systems, microbial electrosynthesis, electrochemical systems. The applicant must have gained the degree within the application deadline.

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 realize common objectives.

The successful applicant should have:

  • A PhD degree with expertise in bio-electrochemical technology, microbial electrosynthesis, electrostimulation of microbial metabolism
  • Competence in research topics transferring to/from the microbes in bio-electrochemical systems, or low dimensional heterojunctions
  • Background in microbial electrosynthesis for the production of biofuel and chemical from reuse of CO2
  • A strong academic record
  • Profiency in oral and written English

Emphasis will also be placed on:

  • Strong skill in microfabrication and/or biology laboratory
  • Experience within imaging topography of nanostructures and/or microorganisms
  • Excellent communication skills

The staff at the faculty work within subject teams to a large extent, and the candidate must be motivated to share his or her knowledge and cooperate. Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized.

We offer

  • Exciting and educational academic environment with stimulating work.
  • Individual competence plan and good opportunities for competence and career development for all employees.
  • Inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues.
  • Good pension scheme and favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Employee benefits, including opportunity to exercise during working hours.


The position as Postdoctoral fellow (postdoktor) (code 1352) is placed in the state salary scale at levels 52-72, depending on seniority. In special cases higher salary may be considered.

Statutory amounts for the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from salary.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post.

Additional information

The Academic Appointments Board is responsible for appointments to academic positions at the University of South-Eastern Norway. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

It is an aim for personnel policy that the academic staff of University of South-Eastern Norway should reflect the composition of the general population. It is therefore a personnel policy objective to achieve a balanced age and gender composition at the faculty and to recruit people from ethnic minority backgrounds. People from ethnic minority backgrounds are encouraged to apply for the position.

There are few women employed in research positions at the Department, and consequently women are especially encouraged to apply.

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

For more information about the position, please contact:

  • Professor Xuyuan Chen, phone: +47 31009028 at TNM, Department of Microsystems

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact:HR Advisor Kari L Foss-Pedersen: [email protected]

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:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  • PhD thesis
  • A 3 to 5 page (maximum) your ideals for conducting the project
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

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

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