PhD Candidate in the Field of Battery Technology

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Trondheim, Norway
23 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
05 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

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 batteries in the framework of the EPSA-BATT project, which is founded by the Research Council of Norway. EPSA-BATT is a research project aiming to exploit the full potential of SiO2 anodes for next generation Li-ion batteries and to provide key enablers for the design and development of anodes that can outperform current state-of-the-art negative electrodes. Research activities relevant for the PhD position include electrochemical studies of SiO2 anodes and the use of state-of-the art advanced characterization techniques, such as FIB/SEM, TEM, XPS and in-situ diffraction and imaging experiments with neutrons and X-rays. The aim is to use a multiprobe approach to establish the reaction mechanism of SiO2 lithiation/delithiation processes and reveal the interplay between SiO2 lithiation/delithiation co-products on the long term cyclability and high capacity of the anodes. The project foresees short-term stays in Grenoble to conduct experiments in large facilities (ESRF, ILL).

The main supervisor the candidate will be Dr. Maria Valeria Blanco (IMA), and the co-supervisor will be Professor Ann Mari Svensson (IMA).

Duties of the position

The tasks of the candidate will involve:

  • Characterization of materials and laboratory scale battery cells using state-of-the art infrastructure at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of NTNU
  • Advanced characterization of working electrodes using X-ray and neutron-based techniques, including diffraction and imaging
  • Presentation of results at project meetings and national and international workshops and conferences
  • Preparation of scientific papers

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 master students. Short stays in Grenoble are foreseen for the in situ/in operando characterization of the anodes. Travelling with respect to conferences, meetings, workshops may be also expected as part of the position.

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.

Regarding the PhD candidate, we are looking for a candidate with a strong background in electrochemistry, materials technology or physics. Preferred candidates should have:

  • Experience with experimental techniques related to electrochemical characterization of battery electrodes
  • Experience with materials characterization techniques, such as XPS, FIB/SEM or TEM.
  • Experience with X-ray/neutrons diffraction and/or imaging techniques
  • Computer programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python)
  • Experience handling large data sets
  • Strong interest in experimental work
  • Experience with scientific writing
  • Good written and oral English skills

Personal characteristics

  • The candidate should have a strong ability to work independently, should be enthusiastic and goal oriented
  • The candidate should have good communication skills, as well as collaborative skills

We offer

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 candidate should have a strong ability to work independently, should be enthusiastic and goal oriented
  • The candidate should have good communication skills, as well as collaborative skills

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 daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

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 

  • 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 ( or 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
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment

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 Dr. Maria Valeria Blanco, email, or Professor Ann Mari Svensson,

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 BV-16/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 05.03.2021

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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 5th March 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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