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Position as PhD Research fellow available at Department of Chemistry/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology.

Electrochemistry plays vital roles in sustainable energy conversion technologies. The present project, FUndamentals of Surface Kinetics in high temperature Electrochemistry (FUSKE), addresses the understanding of the kinetics of gas-solid reactions at the surface of electrodes and electrolytes of fuel cells and electrolysers and gas separation membranes, with the aim to develop fundamental mechanistic insight of the rate determining processes. The project is financed through the FRIPRO program of the Research Council of Norway.

In the FUSKE project an array of experimental and computational approaches will be implemented. These will include standard electrochemical characterization methodologies, use of mass spectroscopy, electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry and other spectroscopy based methodologies, and computational approaches (e.g. DFT and molecular dynamic simulations). The successful candidate will collaborate with members of other complementary projects in an international context. Some instrumental operation and maintenance tasks must be expected.

More about the position

The fellowship is for a period of up to 3 years. Starting date no later than 15.11.2018.

No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

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:

Qualification requirements

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.

Required qualification:

A Master’s degree or an equivalent qualification in the field of materials science or chemistry with relevant specialization for the project within solid-state electrochemistry, inorganic materials chemistry, physical chemistry, or chemical engineering.

  • The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system

Experience with synthesis and advanced characterization of functional inorganic materials for electrochemical applications and/or catalysis, and computational methods is advantageous.

Good cooperation skills and the ability to take initiative will be emphasized during the assessment process.

All Ph.D. candidates must demonstrate high English language skills. International applicants must document these skills prior to admission to the PhD programme by passing one of the following tests with these or better grades:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as Foreign Language, internet based test (IBT). Minimum total score: 80
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing Service. Minimum overall band score: 6.5
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge
  • PTE Academic – Pearson Test of English Academic. Minimum overall score: 62

Please see here for exemptions to the English requirements:

We offer

  • salary NOK 449 400 – 505 800 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • 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 and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • 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
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone 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 note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

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

For further information please contact: Professor Reidar Haugsrud, e-mail:  or Ass. Prof. Tor S. Bjørheim, e-mail:

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact: HR-officer Nina Holtan, e-mail:

Do not send applications to individuals including the above, but only via the online form.

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