Postdoctoral Fellow in Heterogeneous Catalysis

Deadline 27.02.2019

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a medium-sized, multi-campus research General strategies university. UiT contributes to knowledge-based development at the regional, national and international level. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, our geographical breadth and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

Developing the High North

About the Position

UiT - the Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a Postdoctoral Fellow position vacant. The position is for 3 years and can be filled immediately.

Further information about the position and UiT is available by contacting:

Other information

UiT’s HR policy objectives emphasises diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

UiT is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will make the necessary adaptations in order to facilitate for employees with reduced functional ability.

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 to publish the applicant’s name. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

The position’s affiliation and research area

UiT is an internationally recognized university with ~17,000 students and ~4000 employees. The position is organized under the Department of Chemistry at UiT. The successful candidate will become a member of an interdisciplinary research team focusing on the investigation and design of novel catalysts (group website). The appointed candidate is expected to work together with collaborators at the Arctic Centre for Sustainable Energy (ARC website) and at the Department for Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark (Section for Biological and Chemical Engineering, iNANO website).

The appointed candidate will explore the formation and application of sustainable heterogeneous and photocatalytic materials. The candidate is expected to spend the beginning (1-1.5 years) of the appointment at Aarhus University, Denmark to explore formation of heterogeneous materials under guidance of Assoc. Prof. Nina Lock (website). The candidate will spend the final years of appointment (1.5-2 years) at UiT, Norway, under guidance of Assoc. Profs. Annette Bayer and Kathrin H. Hopmann to optimize and apply the developed catalysts in the conversion of sustainable starting materials, e.g. biomass and CO2, to products of higher value.

Qualification requirements

  • For appointment as Postdoctoral Fellow, the applicant is required to hold a Norwegian PhD in Chemistry, Nanoscience or equivalent. A foreign doctoral degree must be recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.
  • Candidates must possess experience with synthesis and characterization of heterogeneous materials used in catalytic applications.
  • Experience with the use of heterogeneous materials in catalytic applications is an advantage.
  • The candidate must be willing to work at both Aarhus University, Denmark (1-1.5 year) and UiT, Norway (1.5-2 years). Shorter travels between the universities must be anticipated.
  • Experience with spectroscopic and analytical techniques (e.g. GC‐MS, HPLC, NMR) are beneficial.
  • Mobility experience is desirable.
  • The successful candidate must have well-developed critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English is necessary.

The assessment will emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position.


Application should be submitted electronically on the application form available on

Your application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV including list of all academic works
  • Diplomas and transcripts
  • Your PhD thesis and other academic works you wish us to take into consideration in the assessment
  • Description of your academic production, stating your contributions to the submitted work and which works you consider most important
  • References

Qualification as PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you are in the process of completing your PhD, you must document that you have submitted your PhD thesis by the application deadline. You should have dissertated and be able to join the group at the latest by June 2019.

We offer

- An enthusiastic research group with modern laboratories and good infrastructure

- A good working environment

- Collaborations across different discplines and mobility experience

- Good welfare arrangements for employees

- Good arrangements for pension, insurance and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Remuneration of Postdoctoral Fellow positions are in salary code 1352, and normally start at salary grade 59 on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees (NOK 515200). There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The working hours will be utilised for research, research-related activities and research administration. Duties related to outreach, dissemination and supervision of students can be expected, up to a maximum of 25 %. You must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of your discipline and the university as a whole.

The objective of the appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic positions, and no one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period at the same institution.

General information

More information about moving to Norway:

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway wishes to increase the proportion of females in senior research positions. In the event that two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. The university is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

Personal data given in an application or CV is processed in accordance with the Personal Data Act. You may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

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