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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 2 years. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Starting date as soon as possible and no later than 15.09.2017.

No one can be appointed for more than one specified period as postdoctoral fellow at the same institution.

Job description/ Project description:

High temperature electrolysers based on proton conducting ceramics (Proton Conducting Electrolyser Cell, PCEC) are one viable technology for sustainable production of hydrogen – a key in future environment-friendly energy production. The present project, H2 production at IntermediAte temperAture (AH2A), focuses on electrolyser cells based on metal supported thin films of proton-conductors with emphasis on developing novel electrodes working at temperatures of around 600°C.

The position will involve synthesis and fabrication, and electrochemical characterization of the different components of the PCEC. The use of thin film fabrication methods will be central, in particular Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD).

The project is financed through the ENERGIX program at the Research Council of Norway and has SINTEF(coordinator) and UiO as main partners with additional international associated partners.


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 or materials physics.

Background and experience in materials fabrication, especially PLD, and/or other fabrication methods relevant for thin film fuel cell components are desirable. Specialization relevant for the project within solid-state electrochemistry, inorganic materials chemistry, physical chemistry, or chemical engineering will be of advantage.

The applicant is asked in the application letter to shortly but specifically state to what extent and in which way he/she meets or does not meet each of the above criteria.

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 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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    31. mai 2017
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    University of Oslo
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    2017/4418 - 1352
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