Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematical Modeling of Electrochemical System

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 10 Oct 2022

About the position 

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.  

The position is affiliated with the MODELYS project funded by the Research Council of Norway and European industry. Project partners include SINTEF, the University of Oslo, the Danish Technical University (DTU Energy), and NTNU. The project will develop new knowledge on improvements and limitations of electrolyser cells and stacks, and provide design and decision support tools for enabling the realization and integration stacks in GW-plants. The overall aim of the MODELYS project is to generate a roadmap for the realisation of GW plants at a cost less than €350/kW, to be able to produce green hydrogen at a competitive price in 2030. To ensure a successful outcome, the MODELYS team includes both experimentalists and theorists. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on the mathematical modeling of water electroclysis processes in close collaboration with experimentalists. The work will in particular contribute to the understanding of degradation processes and the dependence of lifetime on operation modes (start-stop cycles, integration with renewables, fluctuating loads etc.) and electrolyser technology.

The post doctoral fellow will have results of advanced electrochemical and other characterisation methods at her disposal, including in operando effluent analysis and tomography.

Duties of the position

  •  Mathematical modeling of coupled electrode and transport processes in water electrolysis
  • Development of dynamic continuum models for porous electrodes and gas-evolution at such electrodes under alkaline (AEM) and acidic (PEM) conditions
  •  Development of models for degradation, emphasizing degradation in catalytic layers
  • Interact with experimentalists and contribute to the planning of experimental activites aiming at model validation
  • Data analysis and contribute to the establishment of high-quality data sets
  • Communicate with industry and the research community
  • Scientific and technical reporting through regular dissemination channels, public dissemination through social media and other channels, and participation in international conferences.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD.
  • You must have a professionally relevant background, preferably in mathematical modeling of electrochemical systems.
  • Fluent in written and oral English.

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

  • Experience in mathematical modeling of physical and chemical systems
  •  A good knowledge of programming and programming languages
  •  Experience in modeling of porous and gas-evolving electrodes will be considered an asset.
  •  An ability and willingness to supervise students at the final MSc level and PhD level will be considered an advantage.
  • It will be considered an advantage if the candidate is available soon.

Personal characteristics

  • Excellent communication and collaborative skills
  • Creativity, excellent analytical skills and an ability to organize information
  • An ability to plan and organize scientific work and laboratory experiments
  • An ability to manage, administrate and economize with available resources

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 gross NOK 563 500 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.

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.

Starting date for the position is preferably by the end of January 2023.

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 follow 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 and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees. 
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 items)
  • A proposal for a research plan
  • 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.

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.  

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 or recruitment process, please contact Professor Svein Sunde, email: . If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marie Kristiansen, e-mail: .

If you think this looks 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. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI). Please refer to the application number 299/22 when applying.

Application deadline: 07.10.2022


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We are Norway's leading educational and research environment in 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 for the green shift. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering  is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences .

Deadline 10th October 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
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