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Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

PhD Fellowship in Process Metallurgy

One PhD fellowship in process metallurgy is available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU. Candidates with a strong interest in metallurgical processes and a master degree in materials science, physical chemistry, or a related field are invited to apply. The present PhD research is in the area of “solar grade silicon production”, which is the main material for pho-tovoltaic industry. The project focuses on the application of silicon purification techniques in which silicon is purified through the application of combined refining techniques. The project will require the use of high temperature furnaces, and materials characterization by different tech-niques. The ultimate goal of the project is to study the removal of the impurity elements from sili-con to obtain a feedstock for the production of solar cells. In particular, the project will focus on the removal of B and P, which are two problematic impurities in solar grade silicon production. We search for a person that is creative, innovative and can work independently, possesses good communication skills, and integrates well into a team.
Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:  http://www.ntnu.no/nt/english/phd

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that the applicant must have a master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best). Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Applicants must agree to participate in a structured doctoral study program within the period of the appointment. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work related duties.

The primary workplace will be Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. The appointment of the PhD will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. All applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English (in speaking and writing). The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language).

The position as PhD research fellow is remunerated according to the Norwegian state salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution. The national labour force should reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU is an equal opportunity employer.
Information about the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU can be found at http://www.ntnu.edu/mse/.

For further information about the position contact Associate Professor Jafar Safarian (tel +47 48061765, Jafar.Safarian@ntnu.no), or Professor Gabriella Tranell  +47 98283926, Gabriella.Tranell@ntnu.no).

The application should contain:

  • CV including certificates from Bachelor and Master as well as Reference letters.
  • List of publications with bibliographical references.
  • Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant's mother tongue.
  • A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page.
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Mark the application with ref. no. NT-99/16.

Application deadline is January 31, 2017.

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