Postdoctoral fellow in organometallic chemistry and catalysis (Norway)

The Department of Chemistry ( has a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow in organometallic chemistry and catalysis. The position is for a period of 3 years and affiliated with the project GreenCAT: “Design of Green Catalysts for the Conversion of Renewable Resources into Polymers” and the research group Inorganic and catalysis. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway.The GreenCAT project aims to converge toward the synthesis of active catalysts supported by the new combo ligand’s class for the CO2 copolymerization with transition metals. The candidate will work on synthesis and characterization of organometallic compounds and polymers in close collaboration with other national and international research groups including computational and experimental chemists. Synthesis of organometallic compounds will include the use of Schlenk line techniques, gloveboxes and for polymer synthesis the use of high pressure reactor. The characterization for organometallic compounds and polymers will be performed by NMR, MS and EPR spectroscopies, single X-ray diffraction, elemental analysis, GPC-SEC and DSC.

An excellent background in the ability of high-achievement in organometallic chemistry is a pre-requisite for being eligible for the position. Prior experience in organometallic synthesis and characterization techniques, especially experience with NMR spectroscopy (including VT and in-situexperiments under operation conditions) and polymerization catalysis, will be considered a plus. Candidates must clearly indicate and document the type and level of relevant experience in synthetic and characterization techniques in their application.

The successful candidate will be integrated in a team and expected to work in synergy with other PhD and Master students meaning that there will also be the opportunity to take a leading role in the research group and to get involved in some project student supervision.

Qualifications and personal qualities

The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within chemistry or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of  employment that the PhD has been awarded.

The applicant must have relevant experience in organometallic synthesis and characterization techniques vide supra)

Experience in polymerization catalysis is an advantage

The applicant must be highly qualified and motivated with an excellent track-record in chemistry

The applicant must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and to demonstrate good collaborative skills

The applicant must be proficient in both written and oral English

About the position of postdoctoral fellow

The position of postdoctoral fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 3 years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral fellow at the same institution.

Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work. The project proposal must be prepared in cooperation with the project manager/supervisor and must also include a schedule. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

We can offer

a good and professionally challenging working environment

starting salary at pay grade 57 in the Civil Service pay grade table (code 1352).
Further increases will be made according to length of service in the position.

enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

good welfare benefits

a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)

The application must include

a brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for this job

the names and contact details of two referees. One of these must be the main advisor from the PhD programme.

transcripts and diplomas, and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted


relevant certificates/written references

a list of publications


The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

 Closing date for applications: 18 May 2015

 General information

Further information about the position can be obtained from:

Associate Professor Dr. Erwan Le Roux, Department of Chemistry,

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.