The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has vacancies for several
PhD positions in Electrochemistry
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About the position
We have up to three vacancies for PhD fellows at the Department of Materials
Science and Engineering in the field of Electrochemistry. PhD fellows are
expected to complete the degree of PhD within three or four (including
teaching duties) years.
Electrochemistry is a truly interdisciplinary field drawing on chemistry,
physics, materials science, electronics, and nanotechnology alike.
Electrochemistry therefore offers unique possibilities for interesting
scientific work and an exciting career. Electrochemistry is essential in our
current endeavours toward the green transition and the establishing of a
sustainable society, as it is critical to some pivotal technologies such as
hydrogen technology (water electrolysis and fuel cells), batteries, and the
manufacture of materials that go into a diverse set of technologies related to
energy storage and renewables. The demand for staff with expertise in
Electrochemistry is therefore soaring.
The available PhD positions are:
PhD 1: This position is affiliated with the LEAn project, which has as its
goal to develop efficient and durable anode materials for production of
metals. The anode is a major cause of energy loss in production of metals such
as nickel and copper, which are highly relevant for batteries and transmission
of the electrical energy required for the green transition. It is the
objective of the project to develop advanced novel anode catalysts that makes
the production of these metals as energy economic as possible. The LEAn-
project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and Norwegian and Swedish
industry in a prestigious funding scheme. In addition to the PhD, the project
team consists of two professors, a team of industry engineers, SINTEF
researchers and a post doctor. The position may include secondments/stays in
the participating companies (Norway and Sweden).
PhD 2: This position is affiliated with the HOPE project, funded by the
Research Council of Norway as one of in total three projects on hydrogen
technologies. The overall aim of the project is to reduce the anode loading of
Ir catalyst in proton exchange membrane water electrolysis (PEMWE). The PhD
student will be involved with several aspects of the project, including
synthesis of catalyst and electrode fabrication, electrochemical testing of
catalysts and electrode structures (porous transport layer and microporous
layer), MEA fabrication and single-cell testing as well as single-cell
electrochemical modelling. The candidate will work closely with SINTEF
researchers in Trondheim and Oslo and may include secondments/stays at both
PhD 3: This position is affiliated with the MiNimize project, funded by the
Research Council of Norway and Norwegian Industry. The position deals with
advanced coatings and layers for hydrogen production by alkaline water
electrolysis, in close collaboration with one of the World's leading companies
in the field. The objective of the project is to provide novel technological
solutions that enables cutting-edge performance and economy of resources, in
close collaboration with the industry participant. The position may include
secondments/stays at research and production facilities in the participating
Duties of the position
Experimental electrochemistry (voltammetry, electrochemical impedance
spectroscopy, linear-sweep voltammetry, chronoamperometry and others,
including in-situ methods)
Manufacture/synthesis of electrocatalysts, protective coatings, and
catalytic layers (plating, wet-chemical synthesis and others)
Structural characterization (X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron
spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and others)
Analysis of results
Communicate with industry and the research community
Scientific and technical reporting through regular dissemination channels,
public dissemination through social media and other channels, and
participation in international conferences.
Required selection criteria
You must have a professionally relevant background, preferably in
electrochemistry, chemistry, nanotechnology or physics.
Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme,
where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and
an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent
education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading
scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must
have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade
background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are
particularly suitable for a PhD education.
Fluent in written and oral English.
You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the
degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in
artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and
Preferred selection criteria
Experience in experimental electrochemistry.
Experience in materials synthesis and characterization, preferably in
An ability and willingness to teach and supervise students at all (five-
year) MSc levels will be considered an advantage.
A willingness and interest in secondments to the industry (LEAn and
MiNimize) or research institution (HOPE).
For the LEAn position fluency in a Scandinavian language will be
considered an advantage.
Excellent communication and collaborative skills
Creativity, excellent analytical skills and an ability to organize
An ability to plan and organize scientific work and laboratory experiments
An ability to manage, administrate and economize with available resources
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 491 200
per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the
salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service
The period of employment is 3 years (four years including teaching duties can
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD
programme in Materials Science and Engineering
(https: // www. ntnu.edu/studies/phmt) within three months of employment, and
that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment
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
The positions are subject to external funding.
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution,
or project partner to which the candidate has been seconded, 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
The application must include:
CV, certificates and diplomas
Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have
not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the
master's thesis has been submitted.
A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your
master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a
completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
Name and address of three referees
If you have publications or other relevant research work
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to
attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both
bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education.
Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already
have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities.
Motivation, ambitions, communication 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.
Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural
scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of
200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools,
kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the
world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available.
Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including
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development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are
In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name,
age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested
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If you have any questions about the position or recruitment process, please
contact Svein Sunde or Frode Seland, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be
considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master
Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide
confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
NVD-11/22 when applying.
Application deadline: 02.02.2022
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