Postdoctoral fellow in the field of materials for lithium-ion battery technology work with the NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

about the position

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (IMA) has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the field of Li-ion battery technology within the framework of a national research program, SUMBAT.

The Postdoctoral Fellow position is a temporary position whose main purpose is to qualify for work in higher academic positions.

SUMBAT is dedicated to the development of next-generation lithium-ion technology and the consortium is made up of academic partners (SINTEF, IFE, UiO and NTNU) as well as industry partners (material suppliers and battery manufacturers). Research activities relevant to the postdoctoral position will focus on advanced characterization of battery materials and electrodes, including in-service characterization techniques and electrode-electrolyte interfaces. Industrially relevant silicon materials, as well as high-energy cathode materials, will be studied with the aim of solving challenges related to the stability of electrode-electrolyte interfaces for the next generation of lithium-ion battery materials.

Job functions

  • Characterization of materials and battery cells on a laboratory scale using state-of-the-art infrastructure in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Focus on selected advanced characterization techniques such as FIB-SEM, XPS, AFM or APT
  • Presentation of results in project meetings and national and international conferences and congresses
  • Preparation of scientific articles.
  • Actively participate in collaborative efforts within the SUMBAT project group

The candidate is expected to be actively involved in the battery community at NTNU and in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, including mentoring and co-supervising PhD and MS students.

Travel may be expected in connection with conferences, meetings, workshops as part of the position.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have obtained a Norwegian doctorate related to materials science or chemistry, or a corresponding foreign doctorate recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctorate is required.
  • Experience related to electrochemical assay techniques
  • Possibility of publishing scientific articles.
  • Good written and oral skills in English.

Appointment will be made in accordance with the Conditions of Employment Guidelines for positions such as Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD Candidate, Research Assistant and Specialist Candidate.

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Good knowledge of lithium-ion battery technology.
  • (Hands-on) experience with basic electrochemical characterization and fabrication techniques relevant to battery research.
  • Hands-on experience with one or more advanced characterization techniques (such as SEM, FIB-SEM, XPS, AFM)

Personal characteristics

  • Candidate must have strong ability to work independently, be enthusiastic and goal oriented.
  • The candidate must have good communication skills as well as collaboration skills.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

salary and conditions

As a postdoctoral fellow (code 1352), you are typically paid NOK 563,500 gross per year before taxes, 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.

Hiring will be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force regarding Employees and Public Servants of the State, and the laws related to the Control of Exports of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who, according to the evaluation of the application and the attached file, are considered to be in conflict with the criteria of this last law will not be able to be recruited for the NTNU.

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the work area.

The position is subject to external funding.

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

About the app

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

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

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

The request must include:

  • A presentation card
  • CV including a list of publications and information related to the qualifications given
  • Full doctorate certificate
  • The required documentation of English language proficiency.
  • Names and contact information of three references

If all or part of your education has been abroad, we also ask that you attach documentation on the scope and quality of your entire education. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a NOKUT statement, 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 participation.

In evaluating 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 evaluation of the candidates.

NTNU is committed to following the research quality assessment criteria in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

General information

Work at NTNU?

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity are a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and continually seek to recruit the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision-making processes, increase employee satisfaction, compete academically with world-class institutions, and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment, or ethnic and cultural background.

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, which includes health care, schools, kindergartens and equality in general, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional daycare for children is readily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee of NTNU, you must adhere at all times to the changes implied by the development of the subject and the organizational changes that are adopted.

After the application deadline, a public list of applicants is prepared with name, age, position and municipality of residence. If you wish to reserve your entry on the public list of applicants, you must justify this. The valuation will be carried out in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dr. Maria Valeria Blanco, email [email protected], or Professor Ann Mari Svensson, [email protected]

If you think this sounds interesting and in line with your qualifications, please apply electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you should be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. The Degree Supplement is required to attach European Master’s Degrees outside of Norway. Chinese applicants must provide confirmation of the China Credentials Verification Master’s Diploma (CHSI).

If you are invited for an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference. Please refer to the application number NVD-290/22 When applying.

Application deadline: 01.10.2022


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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

We are Norway’s leading educational and research environment for materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science. In collaboration with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes. Activities in our disciplines are vital to the green shift. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of the eight departments of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Term October 1, 2022
Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Full time
Duration Fixed Term
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