PhD Research Fellow in Metal-organic Frameworks for Hydrogen Purification and Conversion of Hydrogen into Hydrogen Carriers

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 17 Apr 2024

27 Mar 2024
Job Information

University of Bergen

Department of Chemistry
Research Field

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

17 Apr 2024 - 23:59 (Europe/Oslo)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in metal-organic frameworks for hydrogen purification and conversion of hydrogen into hydrogen carriers at the Department of Chemistry . The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4 th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is part of the Norwegian Center for Hydrogen Research (HyValue), a research centre for environmentally friendly energy (FME) funded by the Research Council of Norway.

About the project/work tasks
The green energy transition necessitates the development of new materials in a number of energy applications. The primary objective of the project is to prepare new metal organic framework materials and their derivatives, evaluate their properties for hydrogen purification and as component in photocatalytic water-splitting, ammonia synthesis and methane cracking. The position is part of the work package “Novel Production Methods” of the Norwegian Center for Hydrogen Research (HyValue), and some of the materials testing will be performed in collaboration with work tasks at some of the other participating research groups. We are looking for a research fellow with the right background and motivation to strengthen the experimental activities of the overall project. Specifically, the main tasks for the researcher will be synthesis of metal-organic framework, potentially including synthesis of organic linkers, characterization of the obtained materials, primarily by X-ray diffraction, including in-situ synchrotron experiments, thermal analysis, sorption measurements, and catalytic testing.

We are searching for a highly qualified and motivated candidates with an excellent track-record in chemistry, who is curious and creative, has a willingness to learn and apply new methods, has the skill to work independently and as a coworker in a team. The candidate is expected to contribute to the general maintenance of the research infrastructure in the research group and participate in popular science outreach activities. The successful candidate will be integrated in a team of bachelor’s and master’s students, PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers. The candidate will have the opportunity to both receive and give supervision and to develop leadership skills.

Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent


Qualifications and personal qualities

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in Chemistry. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 1.07.2024. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Documented experience relevant to synthesis and characterization of metal-organic frameworks is a requirement.
  • It is an advantage to have documented experience with
    • Synthesis and characterization of metal-organic frameworks
    • X-ray diffraction methods
    • Crystal structure determination from single crystals and/or powder refinements
    • Operando/in situ studies of materials under working conditions
    • Gas adsorption
    • Catalysis or electrocatalysis
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must have high work capacity and enthusiasm for research.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • A good command of the Norwegian language is an advantage.

These qualifications are taken into consideration in the assessment process. Applicants must include documentation for each of the above qualifications claimed, as a certificate, diploma, reference, publication, etc., as described under “Your application must include” below. An overview (a list) of how each qualification has been documented must also be included in the application.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

Special requirements for the position
The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.

Specific Requirements

Your application must include

  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming the expected date of award of your master's degree. Your master's degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on completed degree and your grade, by 1.07.2024.
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • any publications in your name
  • an overview (a list) of how each claimed qualification is documented

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


Additional Information

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment
  • salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 532 200 (equivalent to pay grade 54). Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

Eligibility criteria

About the PhD Research Fellow
The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training
As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

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Work Location(s)
Number of offers available
Department of Chemistry
Postal Code
Allégaten 41

Where to apply



Post Box 7800 5020 Bergen Norway


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