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. 

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 inorganic chemistry/metal-organic synthesis

One PhD fellowship is available at the Department of Chemistry/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN).

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date no later than 01.02.2018.

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work or for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the Department of Chemistry. For teaching, the candidate must be proficient in a Scandinavian language.

Job description:

The PhD fellow will work on an interdisciplinary research project in catalysis and enzymology within the Catalysis section of the Department of Chemistry at UiO. The research is a joint project in collaboration with the Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science at NMBU.

The focus of the project is the synthesis of new and functionalized metal organic frameworks with active centers for i) methane activation, ii) electron transfer and iii) oxygen transfer. The planned research is of experimental nature and will require skills in synthesis of both inorganic and organic compounds, and especially work under inert atmosphere conditions. Multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and/or X-ray diffraction methods are central for structural identification of the synthetized materials.

About the Catalysis section:

The Catalysis section at the Department of Chemistry is studying the composition of different catalysts and their effects on chemical reactions. These catalysts can be of both, organic and inorganic origin. The Catalysis section has approximately 40 members, subdivided into three groups: the zeolite group synthesizes and characterizes zeolite and zeotype materials and studies catalytic reaction over those materials; the MOF-group does the same with metal-organic frameworks; the homogenous catalysis group synthesizes metal-organic complexes and studies their catalytic reactions.

More about the group:

We offer the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and skills in organic and inorganic synthesis, material characterization, reaction kinetic, quantum chemistry and much more. The Catalysis section has an established international working environment with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation.

Qualification requirements:

The applicant must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian master degree within chemistry or a related field, and with relevant specialization within inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry or materials science. The following requirements and aspects will be given major weight in the evaluation of the candidates

The candidate should have documented experience in one or more of the below mentioned areas

  • inorganic and organic synthesis
  • handling of organometallic compounds
  • skills in working under inert atmosphere conditions
  • NMR and X-ray structure determination

In order for having the application assessed by the evaluation committee, the applicant must provide information on his/her expertise within the areas listed. This information should be specifically listed in the first part of the CV enclosed by the applicant.

It is imperative that the candidates are highly self-driven and able to take responsibility for his/her own work, including troubleshooting and acquiring additional skills required to reach the project goals. He/she must master the English language at a high level and possess good interpersonal and communication skills.

In the cover letter, the applicants must specify and describe why their background makes her/him suitable for the position. Applications without such specification and description will not be considered.

The four year position includes 25% mandatory teaching duties at the Department of Chemistry. For this reason it is required that the candidate is mastering a Scandinavian language and such candidates will be given advantage in the evaluation process. In the case of lack of qualified candidates that can provide teaching, a three year regular contract may be considered. The candidate will interact with other co-workers at the research section, with research and industrial partners, and with students during teaching. Hence, personal suitability will be given particular weight in the selection process.

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 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:


The application must include:

  • Cover letter. Statement of motivation and research interests.
  • 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).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Applicants may be called in for an interview.


Salary NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow, (position code 1017).

Formal regulations:

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact persons:

For further information please contact:

Professor Mohamed Amedjkouh, phone: +47 228 47 228 57009, e-mail: or professor Mats Tilset, phone: +47 228 55502, e-mail:

For questions regarding the recruitment system, Jobbnorge, please contact HR-officer: Nina Holtan, phone: +47 228 54424, e-mail:

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  • Søknadsfrist
    12. november 2017
  • Arbeidsgiver
    University of Oslo
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  • Kommune
  • Jobbnorge-ID
  • Intern-ID
    2017/11490 F99 - 1017
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