PhD Candidate in Applied Computational Chemistry (Catalysis)

Deadline: October 14, 2018

Research area

The PhD fellow will investigate and design catalysts for organometallic reactions. Main focus is on stereoselective reactions and conversion of small molecules (such as CO2) into useful and industrially relevant products. The candidate will employ quantum chemical methods to study the properties and mechanisms of organometallic catalysts. The insights obtained will be used to develop novel catalysts, in close collaboration with experimental chemists working in-house.

The position can be filled as soon as possible. The appointment is for a period of four years.

Questions about the position can be directed to Associate Professor Kathrin H. Hopmann, Phone: +47 776 23109, E-mail: [email protected].

The position’s affiliation

UiT is an established and internationally recognised university with ~17,000 students and ~4000 employees. The position is organized under the Department of Chemistry at UiT, campus Tromsø. The successful candidate will become a member of an interdisciplinary research team, combining computational and organic chemistry in the development of novel catalysts (group website: The candidate will also be part of the Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences (, which is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence, established by the Research Council of Norway in 2017. About 50 scientists, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students in the fields of theoretical and computational chemistry are currently active at the centre.

Qualification requirements

The successful applicant must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Computational or Theoretical Chemistry or equivalent. Good academic performances, and a genuine interest and motivation for performing research are essential to qualify for the position. Personal qualifications and suitability will be emphasized.

The applicant must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD programme. To gain admission to the PhD programme, you must have a grade average of C or better. The applicant must be able to document proficiency in English that satisfies the Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification. All information about requirements for admission to PhD studies are available here:

International applicants from non-Nordic countries (except students with English as their mother tongue), must also meet Department of Chemistry's requirement of a score of 6.5 on each part of the IELTS test, or at least 22, 22,22 and 25 (reading, listening, speaking and writing respectively) on the TOEFL test.

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD program is a prerequisite for employment, and the program period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD program, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address:

Working conditions

The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year will be distributed so that on average, 25% of the working hours each year are to be used for teaching or other duties for the Department of Chemistry, cf. Guidelines for the research fellow’s duties.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

The University of Tromsø is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

Assessment of candidates

The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for conducting research at PhD level as shown by:

  • Master’s thesis or equivalent
  • Any other academic works
  • Relevant research experience
  • Academic performance

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies. Teaching experience and/or qualifications will be considered an advantage. Proficiency in a Scandinavian language will be considered positively. Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be sent to the University by the stipulated deadline.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified may be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


The application consists of an application form and required documents. Both are sent electronically via

By the application deadline, the following documents must be sent as electronic attachments to the application:

  • Letter of application.
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, professional training and work).
  • Certified copies of:
    • Diploma and transcripts from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
    • Diploma and transcripts from your Master’s degree or equivalent (Applicants from foreign universities are advised to attach an explanation of the grading system).
    • Diploma supplement for completed degrees.
    • Documentation of English language proficiency.
  • Documentation on English language proficiency for PhD-studies, and the Departments requirements: a score of 6.5 on each part of the IELTS test, or at least 22, 22,22 and 25 (reading, listening, speaking and writing respectively) on the TOEFL test.
  • Master’s thesis or equivalent
  • A statement of performed research and other works (published or unpublished), which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process. The own contribution to each work has to be described.
  • References (including contact details)

Letters of recommendation may be sent in addition to the above documents.

For further information on regulations and working conditions, applicants shall also refer to the website with information for applicants for positions at UiT.

Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance

notification in the event of such publication.

The University of Tromsø has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.


9037 Tromsø


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