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Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)

PhD Research Fellowship in Chemistry

Deadline 10.03.2019

Job description

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.

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Applicants are invited for a 3–year position as PhD Research Fellow at the Center for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo as part of an EU funded project. Employment is pending on the completion of the required contracts between the project partners and the funding agency.No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.The starting date of the position is between April 1 and June 1, 2019.

More about the position

Valorization of CO2 as carbon source for commodity products is an integral part of a future circular economy scheme. The position is part a project devoted to conversion of CO2 and H2 to light hydrocarbons by cascade reactions over bifunctional nanocatalysts.The PhD candidate will focus on mechanistic studies of catalytic reactions carried out over nanoporous materials with mono- and bifunctional properties, with emphasis on the elucidation of their relative hydrogenation activity towards CO2, CO and alkenes.

About the Catalysis Section:The Catalysis section at the Center for Materials Science and Nanotechnology at the Department of Chemistry is studying the correlation between catalyst composition and their effects on chemical reactions. The catalysts can be of organic and/or inorganic origin. The Catalysis section has approximately 40 members, subdivided into three groups: the zeolite group synthesizes and characterizes zeolite and zeotype materials and studies catalytic reactions over those materials; the MOF-group does the same with metal-organic frameworks; the homogenous catalysis group synthesizes metal-organic complexes and studies their catalytic reactions.More about the section:


Employment in the Catalysis section will enable the successful candidate to work in a highly cross-disciplinary field in an internationally competitive research group. Research in the Catalysis section comprises extensive international collaboration, and research visits to partners in Europe is an integrated part of the candidates’ training and research.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates will be selected in accordance with this ambition, and are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian master degree in chemistry. The master thesis must have been approved by time of application.
  • Previous experience with catalyst testing, preferably mechanistic studies using isotopic labelling and/or operando spectroscopy is of advantage
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. 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.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:


Personal skills

  • Ability to conduct high-quality independent research within a broad collaboration
  • Interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Self-motivation, creativity, genuine curiosity about the subject, work discipline, professional ethics, and ambition

We offer

  • salary NOK 449 400 – 505 800 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • 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.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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.

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

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

For further information please contact: Prof. Unni Olsbye phone: +47 228 55456, e-mail: [email protected]

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer Ørjan Pretorius, e-mail: [email protected]

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