Researcher in Computational Chemistry

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Deadline: 01 Jun 2022

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1st June 2022

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Researcher in Computational Chemistry
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Job description

Position as Researcher in Computational Chemistry ia available at the Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences, Department of Chemistry.

The position is for a period of 1 year. Starting date is 1. October 2022.

A one-year researcher position is open as a part of the NordCO2 Nordic University Hub funded by NordForsk in 2018 (project number: 85378). The Nordic Consortium for CO2 Conversion (NordCO2) is a network for Nordic researchers working on chemical CO2 conversion reactions in the Nordic countries. The consortium unites 9 universities from 5 Nordic countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, and Finland). The work of the consortium is divided into 4 work packages (WPs): Research, Training, Outreach, and Innovation. The position open at the Hylleraas Centre is expected to contribute at the Research (90%) and Innovation (10%) WPs.

The researcher will work to strengthen the collaborations of Ainara Nova, PI at the Hylleraas Centre, with other members of the NordCO2 consortium. In particular, the researcher will participate in the project initiated with Prof. Egill Skúlason (University of Iceland), in which DFT methods are used to study the reactivity of metal nanoparticles (NPs) encapsulated in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The researcher will also participate in PhD students' supervision working in the design and reactivity of single-site catalysts for CO2 reduction processes in collaboration with the groups of Profs. Skrydstrup and Daasbjerg (Aarhus University, Denmark), and Martín-Matute (University of Stockholm, Sweden). The researcher will contribute to the Innovation WP by participating in activities to promote networking between the NordCO2 students and industry.

The fellowship is based at the Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences.

The Hylleraas Centre for Molecular Science is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway in 2017. The Centre has approximately 60 members working in six research themes (RTs): 1) Electronic Structure, 2) Multiscale Modelling, 3) Spectroscopic Processes, 4) Extreme Environments, 5) Chemical Transformations, and 6) Multiphase Systems.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has the strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this ambition, and are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in chemistry, material science, or physics. The Doctoral thesis must be approved by the time of application. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment
  • Documented experience with periodic DFT calculations and AIMD simulations are required
  • Experience using CP2K and/or Materials Studio is desired
  • Experience in the modeling of catalytic processes, MOFs, as well as programming, will weigh positively in the assessment and ranking of applicants
  • Knowledge in characterization technics and experience in the simulation of spectroscopic data will be beneficial
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required

Personal skills
  • Ability to conduct high-quality independent research within a broad collaboration
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Willingness work together with PhD and/or Master/Bachelor students in speciality field
  • Self-motivation, creativity, genuine curiosity about the subject, work discipline, professional ethics, and ambition

We offer
  • Salary NOK 534 400 - 615 800 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates and academic transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

For more information please contact:

Ainara Nova, e-mail:

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system please contact:

HR Advisor Olga Holmund, e-mail:

About the University of Oslo 

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences operates under the aegis of the Department of Chemistry at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The Department of Chemistry  is Norway's largest institution within research and education in chemistry. Our research excels internationally and we educate students to a wide variety of jobs in industry, academia, research institutions, schools and public administration. 

Our research ranges from the core topics of chemistry to applied science within in environmental, health, energy and materials. The Department has extensive contacts with industry, research and educational institutions at home and abroad. As partner in the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology our researchers contributes to a significant interdisciplinary efforts in cooperation with the Department of Physics. The Department of Chemistry has its own school laboratory as a great resource for teachers, public outreach and the didactics of chemistry.

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