PhD Research Fellow in Materials Science

Trondheim, Norway
06 Jul 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

A PhD research fellowship in the field of oxide-based thermoelectric materials for waste heat recovery is available. The aim of this PhD project is to develop oxide materials with significantly enhanced thermoelectric properties at high temperatures. This will be approached both by appropriate doping/substitution as well as tailoring the micro/nano-structure by controlled densification at elevated temperatures and controlled atmosphere. A spark plasma sintering unit (SPS) was recently installed at Department of Materials Science and Engineering and an essential part of the project will be to explore the potential of SPS related to controlled design of micro/nano structure to improve TE-properties. The national activities in Norway on developing TE-oxides have been steadily increasing since 2014 and the candidate will have collaboration with research partners at the University in Oslo and University in Agder. There will also be contact with industry through a newly formed cluster involving academia, industry as well as research organizations such as SINTEF. International cooperation will be provided through partners at DTU (Denmark) and University of Leibniz-Hannover (Germany). Upon completion of the PhD degree, the candidate is expected to be well qualified for a career in both academic and industrial research.

The candidate should hold a university degree (Master of Science or equivalent) in materials chemistry or physics, materials science and engineering combined with electrical engineering, or equivalent. We search for candidates with background in synthesis and development of tailored oxide-based materials and materials characterization and testing (i.e. X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and electrical measurements including also thermal conductivity). We search for a person that is creative, innovative, can work independently and in a cross-disciplinary environment. The person we are searching for has good communication skills and is able to collaborate with other PhD candidates and researchers in the fields of oxide-based thermoelectric materials.

Detailed information on our PhD programs can be found at: 

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that the applicant must have a master's degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best). Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: 

Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work related duties.

The appointment of the PhD will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.)

The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

For more information about the position please contact: Professor Kjell Wiik, e-mail: Information about the NTNU department and the NTNU research group can be found online:  

The application should contain:

  • CV including certificates from Bachelor and Master as well as Reference letters.
  • List of publications with bibliographical references.
  • Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant's mother tongue.
  • A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Mark the application with NT-96/17.

Application deadline is August 25, 2017.

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