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2 Postdoc positions in organic semiconductor-based sensors

Two positions, financed by the Research Council of Norway, are available at the Department of Chemistry at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Both positions are linked to the project “Viral detection using organic electronic sensors in lateral flow”:

• A two-year Postdoc position (PD1), focusing on the synthesis of novel dyes and organic semiconductors, The main part of the research project will be carried out at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, with one or more research stays at, Imperial College, London UK.

• A second three-year Postdoc position (PD2), focusing on the fabrication of integrated sensors for viral detection. The main part of the research will be carried out on secondment at the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London UK, with regular return visits to NTNU.

Information about the department

The current research areas of NTNU’s Department of Chemistry include organic chemistry, theoretical chemistry, energy technology, medicinal technology, environmental and analytical chemistry and marine chemistry. The department teaches organic chemistry, analytical and environmental chemistry and applied theoretical chemistry.

The department has at present 13 professors, 8 associate professors, 3 adjunct professors, 10 postdoctoral researchers and 18 research fellows.

For more information about the department and its activities, see the web page http://www.ntnu.edu/chemistry.

Job descriptions

PD1 will be part of the institute’s research focusing on development of organic electronic materials. The practical part of the work will involve design, synthesis and photo-physical characterisation of new materials. The Postdoc will also act as co-supervisor for master and doctoral students.

PD2 will join Imperial’s chemistry department developing organic semiconductor based sensors for chemical detection by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy.


For PD1, we are seeking a Postdoc candidate with a background in experimental organic chemistry of organic semiconductor materials. The applicant should have a PhD in organic chemistry and preferably experience with the characterisation of organic electronic materials. Experience in setting up new equipment and knowledge of nanomaterial characterisation methods is highly preferable.

For PD2, we are seeking a Postdoc candidate with a background in the synthesis and fabrication of organic semiconductors and devices. The candidate must have additional experience in the fabrication and use of embedded hardware and instrumentation, plus programming proficiency in Labview, Matlab, C++ and Python.

For both positions, we are looking for candidates with a positive attitude, who can think creatively and critically, and who can work independently and consistently on the research project. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams. Candidates should document or justify their competence in oral and written English.

The best-qualified applicants will be invited for interviews.

Terms of employment

The appointment of the Postdoc will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. 

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The position as Postdoc is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts,( certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) ) and reference letters should be submitted electronically through link at this page.  It must be stated which position is of highest interest if applying for both positions.

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV- 54/17

Application deadline:  15.04.2017

Further information can be obtained from Professor Bård Helge Hoff, Department of Chemistry, NTNU, Tel. +47 735 93973, E-mail: bard.h.hoff@ntnu.no, or Professor John de Mello, Department of Chemistry, Imperial College London UK E-mail: john.demello@ntnu.no

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