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 semiconductor band structures for thermoelectric applications

Position as PhD Research fellow available at Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) and the Department of Physics, University of Oslo (UiO).

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date as soon as possible, and preferably 1st of January 2018.

The fellowship is for a period of 3 years.

Job/ project description:

Access to clean and sufficient energy represents a large and most important challenge of this century. Research programs worldwide emphasis the need for rapid development of future energy technology. Semiconductor materials and nanostructures are recognized as decisive elements with applications in fields like photovoltaics, solid state lightening and thermoelectrics which are addressed by the top tier research group LENS at the University of Oslo where the PhD research will be conducted. There are presently many exciting research problems in the multidisciplinary cross-fertilization between fundamental and applied research which the PhD student will be exposed to. The 3 year PhD position is part of the project NEAT - “Non-parabolic Effects Applied to Thermoelectric materials” funded by the Norwegian Research Council and involving researchers from UiO, NTNU, SINTEF in Norway, as well as researchers from Austria and USA.

The PhD student will do research on transport in structures aimed at understanding and exploration of fundamental mechanisms in materials with potential application as thermoelectric materials. Materials will be synthesized by growing epitaxial films by MBE and the growth process will be studied. Strain will be introduced into the materials by lattice mismatch in order to influence the electronic band structure and the thermoelectric transport in the materials. The resulting structures will be analyzed by thermoelectric transport measurements (Seebeck-, Hall-, Nernst-, electrical- and thermal conductivity-measurements) and compared to theory developed in the project. The structural properties will be studied by TEM, and the electronic properties by ARPES and XPS.

We are seeking a highly-motivated PhD student that has proven talent for experimental research work. The research base will be the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology at UiO with access to clean-rooms and measurement labs with a multitude of equipment for sample processing and characterization in addition to infrastructure located at collaborating partners. The thermoelectric transport properties will be measured at varying temperatures. MBE will be used for synthesis and done abroad and the PhD student should spend time visiting these partner labs. The candidate will cooperate with other researchers for different characterization methods such as STM, TEM, XPS and ARPES.


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 relevant fields such as physics, materials science, nanotechnology, physical chemistry, physical electronics or electrical engineering.

The applicant should have a strong background in semiconductor physics and materials science. A proven skill in experimental work is required. Experience with transport measurements as well as UHV techniques are preferred.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD program must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

A good command of English is required.


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

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
  • 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 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 Terje G. Finstad, phone: +47 228 52 855, e-mail:

For questions regarding the recruitment systen, please contact HR-officer Nina Holtan, phone: +47 228 54 424, e-mail:

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  • Søknadsfrist
    30. november 2017
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    University of Oslo
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    2017/12666 - 1017
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