Post Doc Position in Materials Science

Trondheim, Norway
12 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
15 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

Two post doc positions in the field of wet chemical synthesis of functional piezoelectric materials are available. The positions are funded by the Toppforsk project “From aqueous solutions to oxide thin films and hierarchical structures”, which aims for a fundamental breakthrough in aqueous based synthesis of oxide nanomaterials, particularly lead-free piezoelectrics. The Toppforsk funding is a targeted initiative by The Research Council of Norway for providing substantial, long-term funding to research groups that have the potential to become international leaders in their field. The aim of the project is to develop novel in situ X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy techniques to investigate the nucleation and growth of piezo- and ferroelectric oxide thin films, nanorods and hierarchical nanostructures during aqueous chemical based synthesis in order to provide guidelines to control the nucleation and growth processes. Parts of the work will take place at international large infrastructure facilities like ESRF in Grenoble.

The applicants must hold a PhD in materials chemistry, materials science or similar. Candidates with documented expertise in wet chemical synthesis of functional oxide materials, solid state chemistry including X-ray diffraction, total scattering and electron microscopy are desired. Documented experience from in situ X-ray diffraction or other relevant techniques is an advantage. We search for persons that are creative, innovative and can work independently. The persons we are searching for have good communication skills and are able to collaborate with other researchers in the project as well as international collaborators. The candidates must provide evidence of the ability to publish scientific papers.

The appointment of a Postdoc will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. The position as postdoctoral researcher is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution. The post doc period 2.5 years with the possibility of 6 months extension with teaching duties in agreement with the department.

The national labor force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. The position adheres to the Norwegian Government’s policy of equal opportunity regardless of ethnicity, age and gender.

For more information about the position please contact: Professor Mari-Ann Einarsrud, e-mail: or Associate Professor Sverre Magnus Selbach, e-post:

Information about the department and the research group can be found online at:  and

Information about the department and the research group can be found online at: and 

The application should contain:

  • CV including certificates from Bachelor, Master and PhD. 
  • 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 
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Mark the application with NV-110/17.

Application deadline is November 15, 2017.