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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Environmental Analytical Mass Spectrometry

Deadline 07.04.2019

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.

The Department of Chemistry is Norway's largest institution within research and education in chemistry. Our research excels internationally and we educate students to a wide variety of jobs in industry, academia, research institutions, schools and public administration. Our research ranges from the core topics of chemistry to applied science within in environmental, health, energy and materials. The Department has extensive contacts with industry, research and educational institutions at home and abroad. As partner in the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology our researchers contributes to a significant interdisciplinary efforts in cooperation with the Department of Physics. The Department of Chemistry has its own school laboratory as a great resource for teachers, public outreach and the didactics of chemistry.

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Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow available at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo. Starting date no later than 01.10.2019.

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to three years (10% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities).

More about the position

We are looking for a highly motivated individual who is interested in the development of online and offline mass spectrometric techniques for the analysis of environmental samples, with a focus on atmospheric trace gases and aerosols. The candidate is expected to further improve the CHARON-PTR-MS technique (doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b02582) and to develop complementary analysis methods based on NanoLC-EI/CI-MS. The work will include method development in the laboratory and participation in field measurement campaigns. The candidate will be associated with two expert groups in analytical mass spectrometry at the Department of Chemistry (Profs. Armin Wisthaler and Elsa Lundanes)

Qualification requirements

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.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Experimental Physics or related fields. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date (7.April 2019). Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Applicants must have documented experience in the operation of and data interpretation from high resolution mass spectrometry instruments.
  • Previous experience (> 1 year) with PTR-MS or a related chemical ionization technique is required.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.


The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Skills in vacuum technology (MS interface design) would be highly advantageous.
  • Skills in computer programming and/or complex data analysis are highly desirable.
  • Experience with the deployment of mass spectrometers in the field and in external laboratories is also desirable.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

Personal skills

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work under pressure (e.g., during field measurements)
  • Strong sense of responsibility towards the research group
  • Ability to deliver reliably and in time

We offer

  • salary NOK 515 200 – 597 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • 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 with statement of the motivation related to the project, summarizing scientific work and research interest.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works 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. 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).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented academic qualifications, the candidate’s motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution.

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.

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: Armin Wisthaler, e-mail: [email protected]

For technical question regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer; Ørjan Pretorius, [email protected]

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