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Faculty of Natural Sciences

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

PhD Fellowship in the area of Solar Grade Silicon Feedstock production

One PhD fellowship is available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU. Candidates with a strong interest in metallurgical processes and a master degree in materials sci-ence, physical chemistry, or a related field are invited to apply.  The present PhD research is in the area of “solar grade silicon production”, which is the main material for photovoltaic industry, and the position is in the new FME Research Centre for Sustainable Solar Cell Technology. The pro-ject focuses on the application of silicon purification techniques in which silicon is purified through the application of refining techniques. The project will require the use of high tempera-ture furnaces, materials characterization by advanced techniques, and hydrometallurgical treat-ment of silicon. The ultimate goal of the project is to study the removal of the impurity elements from silicon to obtain a feedstock for the production of solar cells. In particular, the project will focus on the removal of B and P, which are two problematic impurities in solar grade silicon pro-duction. The candidates with research experience in the area of silicon purification and in particu-lar hydrometallurgical processes are highly recommended to apply. We search for a person that is creative, innovative and can work independently, possesses good communication skills, and inte-grates well into a team. 

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at: http://www.ntnu.no/nt/english/phd
The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that the applicant must have a master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) and C or better on the BSc. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

Applicants must agree to participate in a structured doctoral study program within the period of the appointment. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work related duties.

The primary workplace will be Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. The appointment of the PhD will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. All applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English (in speaking and writing). The appointment has a duration of 3 years.

The position as PhD research fellow is remunerated according to the Norwegian state salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution. The national labour force should reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU is an equal opportunity employer.

Information about the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU can be found at http://www.ntnu.edu/mse/

For further information about the position contact Associate Professor Jafar Safarian (tel +47 48061765, jafar.safarian@ntnu.no).

The application should contain:
• CV including certificates from Bachelor and Master as well as Reference letters.
• List of publications with bibliographical references.
• Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant's mother tongue.
• A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page.
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Mark the application with ref. no NV-78/17.

Application deadline is 30 May, 2017.

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