PhD Candidate in Electrodialysis and Recycling of Secondary Li Based Batteries

Trondheim, Norway
22 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the job

For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goal is a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The use of lithium ion batteries is growing exponentially and production of such batteries is currently one of the most emerging industries, predicting 100+ giga battery factories in Europe by 2030 and still growing beyond this.

Recycling of batteries is currently handled from a waste management objective, but this is now transforming into an industry with resource utilisation objective. As this is an emerging field, several paths for new technologies are rising; and in this project you will have an opportunity to explore different lithium ion battery recycling process routes and how electrodialysis can effectively and efficiently support these. In particular the position will focus on recovery of NMC and LFP elemental recovery in energy efficient ways and with a focus on aqueous electrochemistry.

Your immediate leader is Professor Burheim, with head of department as responsible for you as an employee.

Duties of the position

  • Follow the PhD program of the faculty.
  • Plan, design and carry out experiments.
  • Preferably undertake some modelling.
  • Prepare research papers for journal peer reviewing, at least 3, as a basis for the PhD thesis and degree.
  • Prepare a PhD thesis.
  • Include master students research work into your research project.
  • Contribute to colleagues’ work.
  • Contribute to an inclusive and social working environment.

Required selection criteria

  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker graded background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education. If you are currently under education, you may still be conditionally accepted.
  • Master's students can apply, but the master's degree must be obtained and documented within 3 months after starting the position.
  • You must meet requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program
  • You must have an English proficiency

The appointment is to be made in accordance with  Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Documented experience in teaching or supervision, or examples of management in voulentary organisations is preferred.

Personal characteristics

  • Curious
  • Independent
  • Inclusive
  • Respectful
  • Critical
  • Thorough

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 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.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Energy,, within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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.

Please note that the candidate appointed to this position is expected to work with critical infrastructure and/or areas affected by control of the export of strategic goods, services and technology. Candidates with the potential of not fulfilling the requirements for security clearance, access clearance and authorization, as described in the Act Relating to National Security, The Export Control Act and Act on the Implementation of International Sanctions (Sanctions Act), cannot be considered for the position (e.g. applicants from China, Iran, Russia, Pakistan, Syria and North Korea, among other countries). 

After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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 your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include: 

  • Application letter
  • CV and certificates
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not yet completed the master's degree, you must submit a statement from your supervisor that you are on track with your master programme or a reference contact information for this to be considered.
  • Candidates are required to submit a one-page sketch on how they plan to use their scientific background and research ambitions to address the research challenges of this position. 
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and contact information of three references on request after potential interview.
  • Publications or other relevant research work

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, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short 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

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

EPT has established EPT Women in Science. The group is focused on supporting female PhD Candidates, Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Assistants and permanent academic employees within the Department. This support aims to help develop the careers of female PhD Candidates, Postdocs and Research Assistants, and is also made visible to our student body to encourage them to consider an academic path. As part of the EPT Women in Science initiative we are building an international network, inviting prominent female academics within and beyond the field of Engineering to speak at our events. 

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.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Odne Burheim, telephone/sms 91707856, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Ingrid Wiggen, e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with all required application documents attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Application deadline: 13.10.2023

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.

Questions about the position

Odne Burheim

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Deadline 13th October 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality  Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Department of Energy and Process Engineering, 7491 Trondheim

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