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Position as postdoctoral 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 FUSKE 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 post doc is expected to take a leading role in contributing to and coordinating the research within these areas together with the team of principal investigators. 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 period is 3 years. Starting date no later than 15.11.2018.

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

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

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.

  • The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in inorganic, physical, or materials chemistry, preferably with experience and specialization in defects and/or transport in functional oxides at elevated temperatures. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Experience in high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and/or secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), as well as computational methods (DFT) will be prioritized.
  • Knowledge of advanced synthesis and fabrication methodologies for thin films and catalytically active surfaces is of advantage.
  • The person employed will collaborate extensively with researchers from other complementary projects and good command of English, good collaboration and communication skills, and the ability to take initiative, will be emphasized during the evaluation of the applicants.

We offer

  • salary NOK 515 200 – 597 400 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

  • application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts and letters of recommendation)
  • a complete list of publications
  • 5 numbers of academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • 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. 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).

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

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

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