Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Batteries Electrode Development and 2nd Life Assessment

Trondheim, Norway
18 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
08 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position 

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow at department of Energy and Process Engineering, in the Sustainable Energy Research Group.

The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

The position covers two main research areas: Kinetics and analysis of Li-ion battery electrodes development, and measurements and modelling of second life opportunities of spent Li-ion batteries. The position is integrated into two larger research projects supported by industry and the Research Council of Norway. This is a research-based fellowship, but the right candidate are also expected to contribute to supervision of master and bachelor thesis projects, in relation to their own research projects.

Head of department is Professor Terese Løvås. You will be lead by Professor Odne Burheim.

Duties of the position

  • Investigate different manufacturing techniques for making electrodes for LIB
  • Investigate, numerically and experimentally, the kinetics of battery electrodes.
  • Investigate, numerically and experimentally, various aspects of reuse of spent batteries for the purpose of second life and safety aspects. Ageing and safety of various types of LIB is relevant.
  • Using data-based algorithms for analysing test results.
  • Take part in larger research groups and participate in supervising thesis work for bachelor and master students, having projects relevant for the position and associated research projects.
  • Disseminate the work in project meetings, conferences and peer reviewed journal and transaction publications.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD 
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in electrochemistry, with emphasis on experimental work
  • Strong knowledge in the field of batteries
  • Track of utilizing your talents
  • Strong analytical skills documented alongside published experimental work.
  • Have a strong track in planning, writing and publishing your research.

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

  • Experimental research in the field of batteries, but other electrochemical technologies are also considered if your background is otherwise found adequate
  • Experience in making, testing and characterizing the performance of custom made, and in-house made, batteries and electrodes
  • Good written and oral English language skills 
  • Experience in making, testing and characterizing the performance of commercial batteries
  • Strong experience in numerical work for research, to support experimental research results
  • Strong knowledge and experience in electrochemical characterization of batteries and/or electrochemical systems
  • Strong knowledge and experience in non-electrochemical characterization of batteries and/or electrochemical systems
  • Capability to define research questions and plan research on your own and on others behalf

Personal characteristics

  • Ability to work both in team and independently
  • Ability to motivate your colleagues and students
  • Strong applied skills, experimentally and numerically
  • You are driven, creative and ambitious

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 4 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 

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.  

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: 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.  
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 items) 
  • Research plan 
  • Name and address of three referees 

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 Professor Odne Burheim,  email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Renate Fjellheim, 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 IV-246/21 when applying.  

Application deadline: 8th December 2021


NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life

Department of Energy and Process Engineering

We conduct research and teaching covering the entire energy chain, from resources to the end-user. We look at how energy is produced and used by humans and machines in a sustainable way with regard to health, climate change and the resource base. The Department of Energy and Process Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 1st December 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Gløshaugen