Postdoctoral researcher in the field of materials for Li-ion battery technology at NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & 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 under a national research program, SUMBAT.

The postdoctoral fellow position is a temporary position whose main objective is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

SUMBAT is dedicated to the development of next-generation Li-ion technology, and the consortium is composed of academic partners (SINTEF, IFE, UiO and NTNU), as well as industrial 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-operando characterization techniques and electrode-electrolyte interfaces. Industry-relevant silicon materials will be studied, along with high-energy cathode materials, with a focus on solving challenges related to the stability of electrode-electrolyte interphases for the next generation of Li-battery materials. -ion.

Job duties

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

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

Travel to conferences, meetings and workshops may be expected as part of the position.

Selection criteria required

  • 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 test techniques
  • Ability to publish scientific articles
  • Good written and oral English skills

The appointment must be made in accordance with the Regulations on the Conditions of Employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, doctoral candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred Selection Criteria

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

Personal characteristics

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

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a postdoctoral fellow (code 1352), you are normally paid from NOK 563,500 gross per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the pension fund of the Norwegian civil service

The term of employment is 2 years and 6 months.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Applicants who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU.

After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

The position is externally funded.

This is a prerequisite for being present and accessible to the establishment on a daily basis.

About the application

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

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only assessed against the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

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

The request must include:

  • A cover letter
  • CV including list of publications and information related to given qualifications
  • Doctoral certificate completed
  • Required documentation of English language proficiency
  • Names and contact details of three references

If all or part of your training was completed abroad, we also ask that you attach documentation on the extent and quality of your overall training. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

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

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

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

general informations

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect the cultural diversity of the Norwegian population and we continually seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision-making processes, increase employee satisfaction, compete academically with the world’s top institutions, and fulfill our social responsibilities in the field. education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender identity, ability, periods of unemployment, or ethnic and cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great education opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

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

A public list of candidates with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you wish to reserve an inscription on the public list of candidates, this must be justified. The evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the legislation in force. 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 submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. The Diploma Supplement must be attached for European Master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of master’s degree from China Credentials Verification (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 teaching and research environment in the fields of materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science. Together 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 for going green. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of the eight departments of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline October 1, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Determined time

place of service

Denise W. Whigham