PhD in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Norway

Position as PhD Research Fellow (Stipendiat SKO 1017) is available at Department of Chemistry/ Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN). The position is for 4 years (25% teaching duties) in inorganic and materials chemistry in the research group NAFUMA, within the project FOXHOUND. Starting date preferably no later than 1 October 2015. Deadline for application 5 June 2015.

Functional Oxides through Holistic Understanding (FOXHOUND) is a cross disciplinary project within materials science between groups at the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. The overall aim of FOXHOUND is to develop new materials and approaches for energy conversion based on functional oxides. The focus for the announced PhD position is characterization of novel oxides, hydride oxides and hydroxides, as well as studies of their defect chemistry and functional characteristics.


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has the strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for the fellowship will be selected accordingly, and are expected to have relevant expertise and to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The successful candidate should hold a master degree or corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian master degree in inorganic chemistry/ solid state chemistry/ materials science/ physical chemistry/ or structural physics.

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June 2015 to complete the final exam.

The applicants should have documented background and experience in more of the following areas; X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, structure refinement and total scattering analysis, in-situ studies at synchrotron facilities, absorption spectroscopy. Experience with magnetic/electric characterization (PPMS measurements) and MS/thermal analysis is desirable. Experience within inorganic synthesis is advantageous. Background in TEM is helpful. Emphasis will be put on candidate background within X-ray/neutron diffraction in the evaluation of the candidates.

The successful candidate should be willing and able to take on tasks for the benefit of the NAFUMA research group. Further, since the position carries 25% compulsory teaching duties and FOXHOUND is a cross disciplinary project where the candidate will be active in a team of PhD candidates and researchers, personal suitability and co-operation skills will receive special attention in the selection process. Owing to the teaching requirements, priority can be given to applicants being fluent in a Scandinavian language.

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 here and here.

A good command of English is required.


Pay grade: 50 – 57 (NOK 429 700 – 482 800 per year)

The application must include:

Application letter. Shortly state to what extent and in which way you meet or does not meet each of the competence criteria given above

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)

Applications for the open position to UiO can ONLY be submitted electronically to the link provided on the UiO website, and should NOT be sent or emailed.

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.

Application deadline: 5 June 2015 Reference number: 2015/5861


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