NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY - NTNU

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Area of Silicon and Alumina Production

Location
Trondheim, Norway
Posted
20 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
15 Jan 2021
Ref
NV-119/20
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Temporary
Hours
Full Time

About the position

A postdoctoral fellowship is available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU. The PostDoc research is in the area of sustainable silicon and alumina production by the new process in SisAl EU project (https://www.sisal-pilot.eu/). The goal is to establish the fundamental thermodynamic and kinetic data.

Duties of the position

We are seeking candidates with strong interest in metallurgical processes holding PhD degree (or defend PhD very soon) in materials science and engineering. The PostDoc researcher will work on both pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical treatment of materials in which deep thermodynamic knowledge about molten metal and slag systems is important. Good knowledge about thermodynamic fundamentals, solutions thermodynamics and analytical modelling of solidification are important, in addition to experience of using thermodynamic software such as FactSage and Thermo-calc. Knowledge and experience on molecular dynamic (MD) simulation of  slags is of high importance for the position, in particular when it comes to the term of simulation use for studying the mass transport and viscosity. Knowledge about the density functional Theory (DFT) calculations and experiences of using related software for simulating the materials structure is preferred. The applicant must do significant experimental research in hydrometallurgy lab and therefore it is important that the applicant has good experiences in this field, to do kinetics studies and modelling. The project will require the use of different metallurgical equipment and advanced materials characterization techniques such as SEM, ICP-MS, XRF, XRD, etc. We search for a person that is creative, innovative and can work independently, possesses good communication skills, and integrates well into a team.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships 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 [subject area] 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.

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.

Other required selection criteria:

  • The candidate must have, or complete before the April 2021, a PhD degree in the field of materials science, materials chemistry or a related field.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills as well as presentation skills are required.
  • Previous experience with slags, silicon materials, or hydrometallurgical processes. 

Personal characteristics

  • The successful candidates can take responsibility for progress and can work independently.
  • The candidates have good communication skills and are able to collaborate closely with other members of the research group.
  • The candidates must be diligent and able to show initiative on behalf of their own work.

In the evaluation of which candidates are best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 3 years. Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from 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 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 internal funding by NTNU.

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

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English (ta stilling til dette)

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. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment.
  • Name and address of three referees

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 suitability.

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 Associate Professor Jafar Safarian (tel +47 48061765, Jafar.Safarian@ ntnu.no).

Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no 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-119/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.01.2021

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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 15th January 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim