PhD Research Fellowship in Inorganic Materials Chemistry University of Oslo, Department of Chemistry (KI)/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) 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. 


Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) is an interdisciplinary focus field for material and energy research at the University of Oslo. SMN has focused on basic research in renewable energy and environmentally friendly use of fossil energy sources. The center consists of research groups from the Department of Physics (Fi) and Chemistry (Ki), has about 100 employees from around the world and manages more than 80 projects funded by the EU, the RCN and others.


PhD Research Fellowship in Inorganic materials chemistry


One PhD fellowship is available at the Department of Chemistry (KI)/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN).


No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date no later than 31.12.2017.


The fellowship period is up to 4 years, with 3 years devoted to research education. The position entails a compulsory work load of 25% that consists of teaching and supervision duties and research assistance.


Job description:


The candidate will work within the field of Li-ion battery technology / inorganic materials chemistry at SMN, KI, University of Oslo, in the NAFUMA section.


The PhD fellow will be involved in the collaboration between academia, industry and end user within the newly established FME centre MoZEES (Mobility Zero Emission Energy Systems) which has a broad focus on battery and hydrogen technology for the transportation sector.


The main topic for the PhD work will be related to describing and understanding stability and reaction mechanisms of cathode materials for Li-ion batteries, particularly at demanding or extreme conditions where undesired reactions and pathways may take place. These investigations will require the use of operando techniques, primarily X-ray based methods both in the home lab and at synchrotron facilites like ESRF, Grenoble. Modification of the materials and electrodes by coatings, using Atomic Layer Deposition, is foreseen with focus on changes in stability and mechanisms. A main partner in these investigations is the Defense Research Establishment (FFI) at Kjeller, and the successful candidate must fulfil the specific requirements for accessing the FFI laboratories.




The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for fellowship will be selected in accordance with this, and are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.


The applicant must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian master degree within chemistry or a related field, and with relevant specialization within inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry or materials science. The following requirements and aspects will be given major weight in the evaluation of the candidates:


The candidate should have documented experience in one or more of the below mentioned areas:

  1. Synthesis of inorganic materials
  2. Crystal structure determination and refinements
  3. Thermal analysis (TGA, DSC)
  4. Electrochemical characterization of solids and battery materials
  5. In-situ / operando studies based on X-ray methods


In order for having the application assessed by the evaluation committee, the applicant must provide information on his/her expertise within the five areas listed. This information should be specifically listed in the first part of the CV enclosed by the applicant.


We are searching for a candidate with willingness and ability to learn and apply new methods, who is creative of nature and skilled to work independently as well function as a coworker in teams. The candidate must be able and willing to take on tasks for the benefit of the research section NAFUMA (for instance responsibility and running of certain instruments or laboratories).


The four year position includes 25% mandatory teaching duties at the Department of Chemistry. For this reason it is required that the candidate is mastering a Scandinavian language and such candidates will be given advantage in the evaluation process. In the case of lack of qualified candidates that can provide teaching, a three year regular contract may be considered. The candidate will interact with other coworkers at the research section, with research and industrial partners, and with students during teaching. Hence, personal suitability will be given particular weight in the selection process.


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:


A good command of English is required.



Position code 1017, Salary: NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.


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 remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.


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


UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.




For further information please contact: professor Helmer Fjellvåg; phone: +47-22855564, email:


For questions regarding the recruitment system, Jobbnorge, please contact: HR-officer Nina Holtan; phone +47 22 85 44 24, email:

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