Professor in Physics/Transmission Electron Microscopy University of Oslo, Department of Physics Norway

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 research at the Department covers a broad range of subfields within physics and technology: From space research to medical physics.A good proportion of the research is interdisciplinary, and conducted in close cooperation with collaborators in Norway and abroad.Education and teaching are other essential activities. We offer a broad range of courses, and the Department is involved in several study programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level. Some of the best lecturers in Norway are amongst our employees, and we are proud of our prizewinning teaching and learning environment. The Department has 200 employees, of which 50 are permanent scientific positions. On a yearly basis 20 students complete their Ph.D. and 50 finish their M.Sc. degree.


Professor in Physics/Transmission Electron Microscopy


The permanent position is available at the Department of Physics, under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.


Job description:


The position is connected to the section for Structure physics, which is host to the Oslo-node of the NORTEM national infrastructure in Norway. The TEM infrastructure in Oslo includes a state of the art analytical monochromated and Cs probe corrected FEI Titan 60-300 and a high resolution analytical JEM 2100F instrument. In addition to more standard experiments, holography, high resolution STEM ABF and HAADF, in situ gas and omega-q EELS studies are possible. The TEMs are co-located with a well-equipped specimen preparation lab and the offices of students and employees of the section.


The section for Structure physics currently has three permanent academic staff members (TEM (2), DFT modelling (1)), three permanent technical staff members, two active emeritus professors, two adjunct professors, in addition to PDs, PhD- and master students. The main research focus is on functional energy related materials (i.e. materials for thermoelectric, photo voltaic, fuel cells and battery applications).


The section for Structure physics is part of the Centre for Material science and Nanotechnology (SMN) at UiO ( The centre is hosted by the Department of Physics and Department of Chemistry and spans over five research groups. A total of approximately 175 people are currently associated with the centre - including temporary staff and master students. The annual turnover is around 100 MNOK. Over the last few years, SMN has also had great success in acquiring funding for infrastructure, both nationally and locally, and there is an increasing focus on international collaboration funded through the EU. SMN has, with the Solar Research Initiative (SOLARIS), been evaluated to be one out of five top research communities at UiO. The ambition is to develop a world-leading activity in solar energy. SOLARIS will put emphasis on functional materials for harvesting energy (including new solar cell concepts), but it will also include storage and usage. In this ambitious frontier initiative, we are currently in the process of recruiting international top scientists to establish a world leading research activity which the successful candidate for this position will be associated with.


For more information regarding SOLARIS, the instrumentation and the section for Structure Physics see:, and


Besides taking an active part in the research activities at the Department/SMN, the successful applicant is expected to supervise Ph.D. and master students. Teaching duties will include undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses in physics. The teaching language of undergraduate courses is mainly Norwegian (Scandinavian) whereas for the postgraduate courses both Norwegian (Scandinavian) and English are used.


The person appointed for the position must be able to teach in Norwegian (alternatively Swedish or Danish) within a certain time limit after being hired.


The position will also involve administrative duties according to current regulations by the Department or the Faculty.




Required qualifications:

  • The candidate should be a recognized experimental solid state physicist with an excellent track record and expertize in quantitative Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) of relevance for SOLARIS
  • The successful candidate should be established with a productive collaboration network, and proven ability to raise funds and lead scientific research projects on a national and international level
  • The successful candidate should have excellent teaching records, and the ability and commitment to teaching


Desired qualifications:

  • Strong inclination to interdisciplinary cooperation and the capacity and the will to chair large research consortia


We offer:

  • Position code 1013, salary: NOK 785 000 – 1 097 200 NOK per year, depending on qualifications. A competitive start-up package through SOLARIS
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits



The application should include information about the applicant’s education, former positions, research and teaching activities as well as administrative and leadership experience. The following information must be included:

  • Application letter describing qualifications and research interests
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications (overview of all publications)


Applicants are required to describe and document the entire range of qualifications and criteria described in the announcement of the post with concrete examples.


Selection procedure:


As the first step in the evaluation process, a Selection committee will assess all applications and invite the most qualified ones to submit a full application, which will be evaluated by an Expert committee.


Finally, the most highly ranked candidates will be invited to an interview and a trial lecture.


The basis for assessment will be the scholarly production of the applicant, other qualifications such as pedagogical or educational competencies, the applicant’s qualifications within leadership and administration, ability to attract external funding, as well as the general personal suitability. In ranking the competent applicants, the full range of qualifications will be considered and explicitly assessed.


Reference is otherwise made to rules regarding the procedures for appointment of persons to positions as professors and associate professors at the University of Oslo:
and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence for appointments to permanent academic posts which include teaching duties:


Applicants, who at the time of appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of formal teaching qualifications, must acquire such competence in the course of a period of two years.


In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.


The University of Oslo has a goal to recruit more women in academic positions. Women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply.


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




Head of Department Jøran Moen, email:, phone: + 47 22 85 64 30.
Head of Section Anette Gunnæs, email:, phone: + 47 22 85 28 12.


For questions regarding the recruitment system Jobbnorge, please contact HR Officer Therese Ringvold, e-mail:, phone: +47 22 85 16 06. 

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