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Phd Candidate In Molecular-Based Ferroelectric Materials For Electrical Energy Storage Capacitors

About the job

A PhD Candidate position in the field of molecular-based ferroelectric materials development for electrical energy storage capacitors is available. The academic position will provide the opportunity for professional development through studies towards a PhD degree, related to the DYNASTORE project. The DYNASTORE project aims to engineer new supramolecular materials with large polarisation for recyclable high electrical energy density storage capacitors.

The tasks for the PhD Candidate will cover the development of new supramolecular and ionic molecular materials. The position involves material synthesis, characterization of structure including in situ X-ray diffraction under electric fields, thermal stability, electrical properties, as well as making of proof-of-concept recyclable device. For the position as a PhD candidate, the goal is a completed education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The successful candidate will be affiliated to the FACET research group at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NTNU and work in a multidisciplinary and international environment. Information about the research group can be found here.

The supervisor team will consist of Professor Mari-Ann Einarsrud, Professor Sverre Magnus Selbach and Associate Professor Julian Walker.

Duties of the position

The PhD Candidate will be involved in the development of new supramolecular and ionic molecular materials for high electrical energy density storage capacitors in addition to advanced characterization of the materials to reveal structure (diffraction, total scattering and spectroscopy), materials stability (thermogravimetric analysis), phase transitions (differential scanning calorimetry) and electrical properties (dielectric spectroscopy, ferroelectric and electromechanical measurements). The PhD Candidate will plan and conduct experiments according to the project objectives with support from the supervisors. In situ XRD characterisation under electrical field will be a part of the studies as well as the development of processing and recycling pathways for ferroelectric devices via dissolution and separation methods. The results of the project are expected to be published in scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in materials chemistry, materials science and engineering, nanotechnology or materials and solid state physics.
  • You must be familiar with basics of ferroelectric materials and relevant characterisation techniques.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program in Materials Science and Engineering or equivalent, 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 grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Master students who expect to complete their studies by summer 2024 are encouraged to apply. Employment will then be postponed until the Master's degree is finished.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the Faculty of Natural Sciences doctoral program
  • You must be able to communicate fluently in English and have good communication skills.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and 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

A strong background and hands-on experience in functional materials, e.g., ferroelectric or supramolecular materials synthesis and characterization is desired. Knowledge of organic and molecular chemistry is an advantage. In addition, the ideal candidate has a good understanding of running complex experiments. Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is considered as a plus.

Personal characteristics

The candidate should:

  • be creative and innovative
  • take responsibility for own progress and be able to work independently
  • be able to collaborate closely with other members of the FACET research team
  • be diligent and able to show initiative on behalf of own work
  • be structured, targeted and solution-oriented
  • have good interpersonal skills that allow for a positive and friendly attitude and contribute to a sustainable social environment

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 which might be extended with one year teaching duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Materials Science and Engineering 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. 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 be attached to 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: 

  • A cover letter describing the personal motivation, summarising scientific work, and how the applicant sees her/his background suitable
  • A draft research proposal (2 pages) for the PhD study, presenting ideas for the PhD-work and how it can be applied, based on the project description given in this advertisement. This proposal will be neither final nor binding for the project
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • Name, address and contact information of three referees
  • Documentation of English language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Publications or other relevant research work if available

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.

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 Mari-Ann Einarsrud (telephone +4748136521, email: and/or Associate Professor Julian Walker (e-mail: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR-consultant Marie Kristiansen, e-mail:

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

Application deadline: 29.04.2024.


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 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 29th April 2024
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Høgskoleringen 1, 7491 Trondheim

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