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PhD position in Environmental chemistry/Analytical chemistry

A PhD position in environmental chemistry / analytical chemistry is available at the Department of Chemistry. The appointment has duration of 4 years with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. To undertake the teaching duties is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.This is a researcher training position aimed at providing to promising researchers the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree. The position is related to the PhD program at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and is financed by NTNU.

Information about the department

At present the Department of Chemistry has 12 professors, 9 associate professors, 3 adjunct professors, 7 post docs and about 19 PhD research fellows
The department of Chemistry has research activities within environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, applied theoretical chemistry and structural inorganic chemistry. Research activities within environment chemistry / analytical chemistry include the study of the occurrence, transport and interactions of contaminants, nutrients and other biologically or environmentally relevant compounds in soil, water, air and the biosphere. Sensor development and development of analytical procedures for use in environmental and industrial monitoring represent a major part of our research activities. More information about the department of Chemistry can be found here: http://www.ntnu.edu/chemistry

Job description

 The offered PhD position will be linked directly to the research activity within the national research Centre CtrlAQUA, a Centre for research-based innovation (SFI) where the Department of Chemistry at the NV faculty stands as partner among several others. CtrlAQUA is coordinated by NOFIMA. The vision for the CtrlAQUA Centre is to achieve a paradigm shift in the salmon farming through innovative solutions that support further expansion of Norwegian aquaculture, thus ensuring Norway's position as a world leading supplier of aquaculture expertise, technology and sustainable seafood. More information about the center can be found here: http://ctrlaqua.no/

The research activity in the current fellow position includes the development and the establishment of procedures for water quality monitoring in terms of prioritized chemical parameters in closed farms. Long-term stability and quality of sensor measurements related to parameters such as CO2, pH, nitrate, nutrients and trace elements will be of major importance. The PhD student is expected to work mainly with the optimization of procedures for the maintenance of existing sensors (optical and electrochemical), the development of sensor protection systems, sensor development and quality assurance.


To qualify for the position, a master's degree in chemistry within the field of analytical chemistry and / or nanotechnology, or education at the equivalent level, with very good results is required. We are looking for a positive and creative personality who can work independently and consistently on the research project. The candidate should be able to take initiative, work goal-oriented, tackle challenges, enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams. The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that 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) for the two last years of the MSc is required. 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:

Teaching assignments will be connected to courses given at the department's basic course / program. Basic courses are given in Norwegian. The position requires therefore spoken and written fluency in a Scandinavian language. It is also essential that the candidate has relevant experience in education.

Terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study.

Admission to the PhD program in chemistry is required for the appointment of the fellow position. Information about the PhD program in chemistry can be found on the website http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phkj  Application forms is available here: http://www.ntnu.edu/nt/phd/admission 

We can offer:
• Varied and challenging tasks in an international, development-oriented and good working environment.
• Good pension, insurance and loan schemes in the state pension
• Salary according to national salary. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

There is an assumption that the appointee will settle in Trondheim during the period of employment, so that she / he can be present at the institution.
NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

Details of the position can be obtained from the head of the department Marie-Laure Olivier, telephone 73 59 60 09/93 03 54 95 e-mail; Marie-Laure.Olivier@ntnu.no and from Professor Øyvind Mikkelsen, Department of Chemistry, phone 73 59 62 60/92 89 94 50 e-mail; oyvindm @ntnu.no

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts, (copies of documentation on English language proficiency test) and reference letters should be submitted.
Applications must be submitted electronically through www.jobbnorge.no.
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.
The reference number of the position is: NT- 51/17
Application deadline: 18th April, 2017.


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