Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of solid-state battery research

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Deadline: 20 May 2024

20th May 2024

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The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has a vacancy for a 
Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of solid-state battery research
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About the job

A Postdoctoral Fellow  position is available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology. We are seeking highly motivated candidates to join our team to work on solid-state Li batteries in the frame of an industry funded project. The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

The available position is affiliated with the Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry research group (FACET) (https://www.ntnu.edu/ima/research/facet), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU Norwegian University for Science and Technology.

Research activities in the department cover functional materials and materials chemistry, nanomaterials, ceramics, electrochemical energy technology, corrosion, physical metallurgy, and metallurgical and electrochemical process engineering.

You will report to Professor Dr. Daniel Rettenwander


Duties of the position
  • Conduct materials and electrochemical battery research, with a specific focus on engineering the tortuosity of composite cathodes in solid-state batteries.
  • Chemically and microstructurally engineer, integrate, and test various combinations of state-of-the-art solid electrolytes and cathode materials in solid-state batteries.
  • Perform characterization by utilizing a wide spectrum of characterization tools, such as Plasma FIB SEM, TOF-SIMS, TEM, etc.

Required selection criteria
  • Completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, Materials Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Strong academic background from previous studies.
  • Strong background in the synthesis, processing, and characterization of materials.
  • Good written and oral English language and communication skills. 

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.


Preferred selection criteria
  • Documented experience at PhD level in Li-ion and beyond Li-ion battery research. Experience in solid-state battery research is a plus.
  • Educational background which preferably includes hands-on experience with methods for characterization of materials structure, microstructure and electrochemical properties.
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is considered as a plus.

Personal characteristics
  • Creative, with a strong ability to work goal-oriented and independently.
  • Good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results.
  • He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in working in project teams.
  • Ability to communicate ideas, engage in discussion and passion for research area.

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.


We offer 
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment 
  • an open and inclusive work environment  with dedicated colleagues 
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 
  • employee benefits 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK  594 500 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.

Preferred start-up: August 2024.

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 be attached to 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: 

  • CV and certificates
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees. If you have not yet completed your Ph.D, you must provide confirmation on your estimated date for the doctoral dissertation, or that your PhD thesis has been submitted
  • A copy of the doctoral thesis. If you are close to submitting, or have recently submitted your thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed doctoral degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment.
  • Name and contact information of three referees.

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. 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 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. 


General information 

Working at NTNU 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking 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.

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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 international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.  

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

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made 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 Prof. Daniel Rettenwander, e-mail: [email protected] . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marie Kristiansen, e-mail: [email protected] .

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no 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. 

Application deadline: 20.05.2024.


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Deadline

20th May 2024


Employer

NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Municipality


Trondheim


Scope

Fulltime (1 positions) Fulltime (%)


Duration

Fixed Term


Place of service
Høgskoleringen 1, 7491 Trondheim

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