The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society. 

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.

PhD Research Fellowship in Physics/Materials Science

One position as PhD Research fellow in Physics/Materials Science is available at The Department of Physics/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, University of Oslo.

The position is for a three-year period. The successful candidate should be prepared to start on July 1.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD research fellowship at the same institution.

Job/ project description:

This fellowship is part of the project "Conversion between Magnetic, Electric, and Thermal energies in phase-transforming materials (COMET)", funded by the Research Council of Norway through the Frinatek program. The aim is to identify new materials, e.g. based on Heusler alloys, undergoing phase transformations with very low hysteresis. It is collaboration between UiO and SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, and involves three external partners: University of Minnesota (UoM), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The PhD candidate will be working with the synthesis of samples and characterization of them with transmission electron microscopes (TEM). It is expected that the candidate will perform scientific visits to UoM and HKUST during the project.

Information about the research at The Department of Physics is found on:


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.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in physics.

Candidates without a Master’s degree must complete the final exam before the 30th of June 2017.

A general background in materials science is required. TEM operational skills and experience with solid state synthesis techniques are regarded as strong assets.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:


A good command of English is required.


Position code 1017, Salary: NOK 432 700 – 489 300 per year (pay grade 50 – 57), depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter including a description of scientific interests and the motivation for applying for the position (max. 2 pages)
  • CV (summarizing education, work experience and academic work, including any scientific publications and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Applications with documents missing will not be considered further.

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.

Contact information:

Associate professor Anette E. Gunnaes:, tel. +47 228 52812.

For questions regarding the recruitmentsystem Jobbnorge, please contact HR-officer Nina Holtan:, tel. +47 228 54424

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  • Søknadsfrist
    31. mai 2017
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    University of Oslo
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    2017/4460 - 1017
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