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 in Solid State Electrochemistry

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

The fellowship is for a period of up to 3 years. Starting date no later than 15.09.2017.

No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

Job/ project description:

Production of oxygen is essential to the next generation of integrated carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) power plants based on gasification and/or oxyfuel coal combustion processes. The main goal in the present project, Novel molten/solid composite oxygen transport membranes for CO2 capture (MOC-OTM), is to develop a new type of oxygen gas separation membrane based on fast ionic transport in liquids and interfaces between the liquid and a solid support. This transport mechanism facilitates lower operating temperature than conventional ceramic oxygen membranes limited by bulk diffusion.

The project will involve atomistic and numerical modelling activities, experimental studies based on electrochemical characterization, permeation measurements and measurements of surface kinetics of key materials systems and fabrication of nano-structured ceramic matrices and composite membranes.

The project is financed by the CLIMIT program in the Research Council of Norway and coordinated by SINTEF, with University of Oslo, Colorado School of Mines, Imperial College London and University of Twente, as national and international collaborators.


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 materials science or chemistry.

Relevant specialization for the project within solid-state electrochemistry, inorganic materials chemistry, physical chemistry, or chemical engineering is required. A good command of English, good cooperation skills and the ability to take initiative will be emphasized during the assessment process.

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.

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2017 to complete the final exam.

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:


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
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work 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)

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.

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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  • Søknadsfrist
    31. mai 2017
  • Arbeidsgiver
    University of Oslo
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  • Kommune
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  • Intern-ID
    2017/4447 - 1017
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