PhD Research Fellowship Position Within Solid State Electrolytes for Li Ion Batteries

Trondheim, Norway
22 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A PhD-position is available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The position is within the area of rechargeable Li ion batteries with emphasis on solid state electrolytes and includes both experimental and computational work. The overall goal of the project is to identify solid oxide materials which can replace today’s liquid and hazardous electrolytes in Li ion batteries.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering (IMA),

The PhD position is for up to 4 years, of which the time equivalent of one year will be spent on duty work at NTNU NanoLab.

Project description

The project will focus on rational design and testing of solid-state oxide electrolytes for Li ion batteries. Fundamental structural and chemical features enabling rapid Li ion transport in solids will be identified through a combination of Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. The most promising candidate materials will be prepared in the form of thin films in NTNU Nanolab and characterized with respect to crystal structure, microstructure, electrical and transport properties. Thin films with the most promising properties will be assembled into battery cells in collaboration with the battery research group at IMA. The PhD candidate will be affiliated with the Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry Research Group (FACET). The experimental work will be carried out in both NTNU Nanolab and in FACET’s laboratories. DFT and MD simulations will be run on national supercomputers.

In addition, the successful applicant will work for NTNU NanoLab for the time equivalent of one year out of the four-year appointment. The work at NTNU NanoLab will include process development & documentation, fabrication, characterisation, user training and other tasks relevant to the NanoLab. The candidate will gain experience in teaching and training of users as well as in various advanced nanofabrication and characterisation tools available at the NTNU NanoLab. 

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in materials science, materials chemistry, solid-state chemistry or solid-state physics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

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, postdoctor and research assistant


We seek a creative and enthusiastic candidate with an outstanding academic record. The candidate should have:

  • a master’s degree or equivalent qualifications within materials science, materials chemistry, solid-state chemistry or solid-state physics. Students finishing their master's degree before August 2019 may apply.
  • Good English skills as well as oral and written presentation skills are required.
  • Additional experience in wet chemical synthesis of oxides, structural characterization of oxides, or DFT/MD simulations is considered an advantage.
  • The successful candidate can take responsibility for progress and can work independently.
  • He/she has good communication skills and is able to collaborate with other scientists in the research group.

The application

Please submit an application letter describing your motivation, relevant experience, skills and qualifications along with a CV, publication list, letters of reference and proof of fluency in the English language (if applicable) and certificates from both Bachelor and Master degrees.

Applicants are requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 449 400 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years with teaching duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme. 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Sverre M. Selbach, Professor Mari-Ann Einarsrud or Associate Profofessor Sondre K. Schnell

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number NV-31/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 14.04.2019

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Deadline 14.04.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 167484

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