Researcher in Solid-State Li Metal Batteries

Trondheim, Norway
May 04, 2021
End of advertisement period
May 14, 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

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About the position

A Researcher position is available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NTNU Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

We are seeking a Researcher to join our team working on the key challenges to enable solid-state Li metal batteries. The position focuses on the coating of high-voltage cathodes to extent their thermodynamic stability window. The role will encompass materials and electrochemical battery research focused on the coating of high-voltage cathodes by novel materials using mechanofusion and their in depth characterization using a range of techniques and performance evaluation in half cells and full cells using sulfide-based solid-state electrolytes.

The available position is affiliated with the Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry research group (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 Assoc. Professor Dr. Daniel Rettenwander

Required selection criteria

You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in materials science, materials chemistry or solid-state physics or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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.

Required selection criteria:

  • A PhD degree in the field of materials science, materials chemistry, or physics.
  • Documented experience at PhD level in lithium metal battery research.
  • Experience in the synthesis and characterization of solid-state electrolytes and nanoscale (coating) materials (oxides and fluorides).
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills.
  • Ability to communicate ideas, engage in discussion and passion for research area.

Personal characteristics

  • The successful candidate can take responsibility for progress and work independently.
  • The candidate has excellent communication skills and are able to collaborate closely with other members of the research group.
  • The candidate must be diligent and able to show initiative on behalf of their own work.
  • The candidate is creative, proactive and with a positive attitude.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position as Researcher (code 1109) is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 526 000 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund,

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

The position is subject to external funding 

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily. 

Generell informasjon

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.

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. 

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.   

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Daniel Rettenwander, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Hilde Martinsen Nordø, e-mail:

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: NV-58/21. 

Application deadline: 14.05.2021

About the application

The application and supporting documentation must be in English.

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 (Departments to choose from the following): 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works) 
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in the assessment 
  • Name and address of three referees 
  • Research plan 
  • Details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU” 
  • Details of the projects you have managed, with information about funding, duration and size 

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 assessment of the best qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. This means that we pay special attention to the quality and professional breadth of these works. We also consider experience from research management and participation in research projects. We place great emphasis on your scientific work from the last five years.

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering  

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 14th May 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary