Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Li-ion Battery Technology

Trondheim, Norway
Sep 08, 2021
End of advertisement period
Oct 03, 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position 

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (IMA) has a vacant position as Postdoctoral Fellow within the field of Li-ion battery technology. The position is affiliated to the battery research currently ongoing in the research center Mozees (, with partners from research and industry. Research will be focused on high voltage /high energy cathodes (LNMO or layered oxides), stability of electrolytes and/or environmentally friendly processing of Ni-rich cathodes.

The overall aim is to improve the stability of materials by focusing on the interfaces to binders and electrolytes. Focus is also on solutions to reduce the environmental footprint during production.

Duties of the position

  • Characterization/fabrication of materials and laboratory scale battery cells using state-of-the art infrastructure at Department of Materials Science and Engineering (IMA)
  • Presentation of results at project meetings and national and international workshops and conferences
  • Preparation of scientific papers
  • Participate actively in collaborative efforts within the project group

The candidate is expected to participate actively in the battery community at NTNU and at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, including mentoring and co-supervision of PhD and master students. 

Travelling with respect to conferences, meetings, workshops may be expected as part of the position. 

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in Chemistry or Materials Technology, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

We are looking for candidates whose experiences comply well to those described under “duties of the position”, and in addition can demonstrate:

  • Preferred candidates should have extensive and hands-on experiences in advanced characterization techniques, like electrochemical techniques,  XPS, FIB-SEM, S(T)EM, or spectroscopic techniques.
  • Excellent knowledge of battery materials and technologies.
  • Ability to publish scientific papers
  • Good written and oral English skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience from supervision of students

Personal characteristics

  • Personal suitability 
  • Motivation
  • Communication skills
  • Collaborative skills

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 545 300 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. 

About the application 

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: 

  • A cover letter
  • CV including list of publications and information pertaining to the given qualifications.
  • Certificate of completed PhD degree
  • The required documentation of English language proficiency.
  • Names and contact information of at least three references.

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 

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

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 Ann Mari Svensson, telephone 98230450, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marie Kristiansen, e-mail: 

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 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).  

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number NV-104/21 when applying.  

Application deadline: 03.10.2021


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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 3rd October 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service