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There is a vacant position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of Li-ion battery technology, at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU, Norway.

About the position

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (IMA) has a vacancy for a position as Post Doc candidate within the field of Li-ion battery technology within the framework of a national research program, SUMBAT. SUMBAT is devoted to development of next generation Li-ion technology, and the consortium is composed of academic partners (SINTEF, IFE, UiO and NTNU), as well as partners from industry (material suppliers and battery manufacturers). Research activities relevant for the postdoctoral position will be focused around advanced characterization of battery materials and electrodes, including in-operando characterization techniques, and electrode-electrolyte interfaces. Industrially relevant silicon materials will be studied, as well as high-energy cathode materials, with the focus on solving the challenges related to stability of electrode-electrolyte interphases for the next generation of Li-ion battery materials.

Duties of the position

The tasks of the candidate will involve:

  • Characterization of materials and laboratory scale battery cells using state-of-the art infrastructure at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Focus on selected advanced characterization techniques like AFM, FIB-SEM, XPS, or APT
  • Presentation of results at project meetings and national and international workshops and conferences
  • Preparation of scientific papers
  • Participate actively in collaborative efforts within the SUMBAT project group.

The candidate is expected to participate actively in the battery community at NTNU and at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, including mentoring and co-supervision of PhD and master students.

Travelling with respect to conferences, meetings, workshops may be expected as part of the position. 


Required selection criteria

The postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree related to Materials Science or Chemistry, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required. 

Regarding the Post Doc candidate, we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate:

  • Experience related to electrochemical testing techniques
  • Ability to publish scientific papers
  • Good written and oral English skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred selection criteria

  • Good knowledge of Li-ion battery technology
  • Experience (hands on) with basic fabrication and electrochemical characterization techniques relevant for battery research
  • Hands on experience with one or more advanced characterization techniques (like SEM, FIB-SEM, XPS, AFM)

Personal characteristics

  • The candidate should have a strong ability to work independently, should be enthusiastic and goal oriented
  • The candidate should have good communication skills, as well as collaborative skills

 We offer

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 545 300 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 2 years and 6 months.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

 The application must include:

  • A cover letter
  • CV including list of publications and information pertaining to the given qualifications
  • Certificate of completed PhD degree
  • The required documentation of English language proficiency
  • Names and contact information of three references

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

 NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Important information: The application must be filed through the web-site

Job Information

  • Job ID: 65573921
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Trondheim, Trondheim, Norway
  • Position Title: Post Doc Position in the field of Materials for Li-ion Battery Technology at NTNU, Norway
  • Company Name For Job: NTNU
  • Job Function: Batteries and Energy Storage
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: 1-2 Years
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Min Experience: 0-1 Year
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $54,000.00 - $54,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
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