Postdoc within Molecular Imprinting Polymerand Nanomaterial for Sensing Application

Gjøvik, Norway
02 Feb 2022
End of advertisement period
28 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position 

We have a vacancy for a Postdoc position in Molecular Imprinting Polymer (MIP) and Nanomaterials for Sensing Applications at the department of manufacturing and civil engineering at NTNU. The Postdoc candidate will design and synthesis MIPs for selective sensing of different Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) gases. The candidate will also develop 2D transduction nanomaterials using e.g., MXene or graphene, including their or nanohybrids.

The position is part of a research project financed by the Research Council of Norway. The successful Postdoc candidate will work on designing and synthesizing different MIPs and 2D nanomaterials, and will work closely with other researchers who are designing electrical circuit of the sensing devices.    

The candidate will report to the Head of department.

Duties of the position

  • Design and synthesis of MIPs for selective sensing of different VOC gases.    
  • Develop/synthesis of 2D transduction nanomaterials using e.g., MXene or graphene, including their or nanohybrids.
  • Deposition of the MIPs and transduction 2D nanomaterials on sensor surfaces (which are hydrophobic).

Required selection criteria

  • PhD in Chemistry, Biotechnology, Material Science, or related field.
  • Experience with design and synthesis of MIP.
  • Experience with 2D nanomaterials for sensing applications.
  • Hand-on lab experience on different deposition techniques.

You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD 

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

  • Good publication record in MIPs and 2D nanomaterials for sensing applications.
  • Experience in research project works.
  • Good written and oral English proficiency.
  • Knowledge and experience in sensors and sensor systems.

Personal characteristics

  • Teamwork-oriented
  • Inventiveness
  • Proactive and initiative taker
  • Creative
  • Self-driven

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 2 years but can be extended further depending on the achieved results/performance. Appointment to a Postdoctoral position requires the candidate holds a PhD degree or have already submitted the PhD thesis for evaluation (conditioned the candidate successfully defends his/her PhD thesis within 5 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.

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.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates, diplomas and transcripts for MSc and PhD studies (original official documents with English translation)
  • Cover letter with short presentation of the motivation for the position, and how the application sees his/her background suitable for the position.
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • 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 Gjøvik has a population of 30 000 and is a town known for its rich music and cultural life. The beautiful nature surrounding the city is ideal for an active outdoor life! The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. 

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 Prof. Michael Cheffena, telephone +4761135294, email

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. 

Application deadline: 28.02.2022


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 Manufacturing and Civil Engineering

Our profile of expertise can help to solve the world’s most important societal challenge: the development of sustainable solutions in industry and society. This profile includes research on modern industrial processes, use of new and recycled materials, new technological solutions and the application of new forms of organization and business models. The Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 28th February 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Gjøvik
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gjøvik