Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in semiconductor physics University of Oslo, Department of Chemistry/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) Norway

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in semiconductor physics

Job description

The UiO Department of Physics/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology is awarded a Toppforsk project entitled ‘Functionalizing Defects in Advanced Semiconductors’ (FUNDAMeNT), funded jointly by the Research Council of Norway and UiO for a period of 5 years (2016 – 2020). Toppforsk funding is a targeted initiative for providing substantial, long-term funding to research groups that have the potential to become international leaders in their field. The aim of FUNDAMeNT to accelerate processes towards groundbreaking functionalities with a holistic approach to defects in advanced semiconductors and nanostructures. It links defect behavior with electrical, optical and magnetic functionalities and it targets size dependence of defect properties on nanostructure shape and size. Experiment and theory are closely integrated as one entity, and the project contains three work-packages (WPs); (1) Single-photon source, (2) Doping asymmetry and defects in oxide semiconductors, and (3) Dependence of defect properties on nanocrystal size. In total, FUNDAMeNT comprises 18 person years (PhD students and Postdocs) distributed over the three WPs.


The position is primarily devoted to WP2 and partly to WP3. In WP2, the focus is on understanding and functionalizing intrinsic defects in different oxide semiconductors (ZnO, In2O3, Ga2O3, Cu2O, TiO2 and NiO) and then eventually utilize the outcome to convert a ‘native’ n–type oxide to a p-type and vice versa. Here, non-equilibrium processing techniques and co-doping are expected to be important with an ultimate goal to accomplish light emission with efficiency in excess of that of the expensive group III-V materials. A particular focus of the position is to perform on-line experiments at cryogenic temperatures using a unique setup for in-situ optical and electrical defect characterization connected to the MegaVolt tandem accelerator/implanter in our laboratory.


FUNDAMeNT benefits from excellent infrastructures for both experiment and theory at UiO, where especially UiO’s laboratory for micro- and nanotechnology (UiO-MiNaLab) can be highlighted. UiO-MiNaLab encompasses a 440 m2 sized cleanroom for materials and device processing and 8 laboratories for chemical/electrical/optical/structural spectroscopy analysis in the immediate vicinity of the cleanroom. Some of the equipment is unique, like the on-line setup mentioned above, and the total value of equipment investments exceeds 100 MNOK.


FUNDAMeNT is conducted in collaboration with a wide network of international partners in USA, Australia, Sweden, Germany, Finland and Switzerland. Visits to and from these partners are an integral part of FUNDAMeNT.


Information about the research at The Department of Physics is found on


More about the position

Applications are invited for a 2 year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in semiconductor physics to be based at the Center for Material Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) and the Department of Physics, University of Oslo.

Preferred starting date is 01.08.2018, and no later than 01.10.2018.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.


Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Physics. We seek a candidate with a very solid scientific background in semiconductor physics, who has experience in conducting complex experiments and advanced analyses of electro-optical defect spectroscopy data. Publications in high-impact journals, like Physical Review Letters and Physical Review B, are positively regarded.
  • The candidate will interact closely with researchers and students, therefore collaborative abilities and good communication skills are important
  • Candidates without a PhD degree have until end of August 2018 to submit their thesis for evaluation
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

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.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions. 


We offer

  • salary NOK 490 900 – 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • 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

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • A letter describing the motivation to apply for the position, the project aspects that the applicant considers most important, and ideas how to address the project during the course of the project (2 pages max.)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications
  • 5 numbers of academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • list of reference persons: 3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. 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).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.


Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution.

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

Professor Bengt Gunnar Svensson, phone number +47 22 85 28 59, e-mail:

Associated professor Lasse Vines, phone number: +47 22 84 09 40, e-mail:

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR-officer Nina Holtan, phone number: +47 22 85 44 24, e-mail:


About the University of 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.

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.



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