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The Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) is an interdisciplinary focus field for material and energy research at the University of Oslo. SMN has focused on basic research in renewable energy and environmentally friendly use of fossil energy sources. The center consists of research groups from the Department of Physics (Fi) and Chemistry (Ki), has about 100 employees from around the world and manages more than 80 projects funded by the EU, the RCN and others.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Solid State Electrochemistry

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

The fellowship period is 3 years. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Starting date no later than 15.09.2017. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

Job description/ Project description:

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 spectrometry, electron microscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry and other spectroscopy based methodologies, as well as computational approaches (e.g. DFT and molecular dynamic simulations). The person employed 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, ex the EU-project SURKINOX. Some instrumental operation and maintenance tasks must be expected.


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.

Experience with high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and/or secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) is desirable. 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.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

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

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1352, Salary: NOK 486 100 – 567 100 per year, (pay grade: 57 – 65), depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

For further information please contact: Professor Reidar Haugsrud, phone: +47 22 84 06 59, e-mail:

For questions regarding the recruitment system Jobbnorge, please contact HR Officer Nina Holtan, e-mail:, phone: +47 22 85 44 24.

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  • Søknadsfrist
    10. mai 2017
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    University of Oslo
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    2017/3971 - 1352
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