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PhD Research Fellowship in Chemistry

Deadline 20.11.2018

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.

Flere stillinger fra Universitetet i Oslo

Position as PhD Research fellow in chemistry available at Department of Chemistry, Center for Materials science and Nanotechnology (SMN).

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with starting date no later than 01.05.2019.

The position is part of the ongoing research into light conversion materials aiming to develop efficient down conversion materials for silicon solar cells. This work is a collaboration involving the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics and it is part of the new Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research, SUSOLTECH (Sustainable Solar Cell Technology). The position is also associated with the internal strategic research initiative SOLARIS (solar energy research) at SMN and UiO.

The research fellow will be working on a project aiming to develop highly luminescent thin films to increase solar cell response at short wavelengths. This involves deposition of thin films by atomic layer deposition followed by structural, chemical and optical characterization. The films will be used in solar cell structures in order to investigate the effect on the optical response of the cell. The fellow will work in close collaboration with researchers in inorganic chemistry, luminescence and solar cell manufacturing.

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 Master’s degree or equivalent in Chemistry or Physics, and have practical experience in at least one of the following: Inorganic material synthesis, complex and nanostructured materials, optical materials, photoluminescence.
    • 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
    • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Good cooperation skills in addition to taking initiative are considered an advantage. Some instrumental operation and maintenance tasks must be expected.

All Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate high English language skills. International applicants must document these skills prior to admission to the PhD programme by passing one of the following tests with these or better grades:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as Foreign Language, internet based test (IBT). Minimum total score: 80
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Service. Minimum overall band score: 6.5
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge
  • PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English Academic. Minimum overall score: 62

Please see here for exemptions to the English requirements:


Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 1 Februar, 2019 to complete the final exam.

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 449 400 – 505 800 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority 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:

  • Application letter.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • 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.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period 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.

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 technical questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR Advisor Ørjan Pretorius, phone: +47 22856349, e-mail: orjan.pretorius@mn.uio.no

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