PhD Candidate in the Field of Battery Technology
About the position
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (IMA) has a vacancy for a position as PhD candidate within the field of Li-ion battery technology, affiliated to a Knowledge- Building Project, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering. The project is related to the development of Li-ion batteries and Li-ion capacitors, and with a particular focus on environmentally friendly production of devices. The project is a multidisciplinary project, aiming for improving the competence related to Li-ion battery production, involving education of several PhD candidates. Research activities relevant for the PhD position at IMA will include studies of more environmentally friendly processing of cells, effect of process conditions on cell performance, and corresponding mitigation strategies. In particular, the PhD will focus on effects of moist, and how to develop and select materials for moist resistant Li-ion cells. The project will be conducted in collaboration with industrial partners as well as international partners.
The main supervisor of the PhD candidate will be Professor Ann Mari Svensson (IMA), and the co-supervisor will be Professor Odne Stokke Burheim, at Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. Additional co-supervisors may be appointed.
Required selection criteria
The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Chemistry, Materials Technology or Physics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable 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, post doctor and research assistant.
Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm
The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in chemistry, materials technology, and/or electrochemistry.
Preferred candidates should have
- Experience (hands on) with relevant experimental techniques related to electrochemical characterization of battery electrodes and cells, or similar devices
- Experience with relevant materials characterization techniques
- Experience with scientific writing
- Good written and oral English skills
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement
- exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
- an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
- favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- employee benefits
Salary and conditions
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 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 3 years with a possiblilty of 4 years inkluding 25 % teaching duties. (To undertake the teaching duties, it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language).
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Materials Science and Engineering https://www.ntnu.edu/studies/phmt within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.
The application must contain:
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.
- A cover letter where the applicant describes personal motivation and relevance with respect to the requirements of this advertisement.
- CV including information pertaining to the given qualifications.
- Testimonials and certificates. Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement (https://ec.europa.eu/education/diploma-supplement_en) or a similar document, which describes in detail the study programme and grading system.
- The required documentation of English language proficiency.
- Names and contact information of at least two references.
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.
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.
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-4/21 when applying.
Application deadline: 31.01.2021
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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 31st January 2021
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