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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 Theoretical Materials Science

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

The fellowship period is 2 years. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. The successful candidate should be prepared to start within September 1st, 2017. No one can be appointed for more than one postdoctoral research fellowship at the same institution.

Job description/ 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. 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 postdoctoral candidate will be working with prediction of transport properties of intermetallics and alloys based on density functional theory (DFT). It is expected that the candidate will perform a scientific visit to Caltech during the project.


Applicants must hold a PhD degree or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in physics. Candidates without a PhD degree must complete the final exam before 30 June 2017.

A general background in materials science is required. Previous experience in DFT modelling is a siginificant advantage. Experience with transport calculations is an advantage.

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 II Ole Martin Løvvik,, phone: +47 22 84 06 89.

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
    15. juni 2017
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    University of Oslo
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    2017/5166 - 1352
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