PhD Position in Environmental/Analytical Chemistry

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

Two PhD positions in environmental chemistry/analytical chemistry is available at the Department of Chemistry. The appointments have durations of 4 year each with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. These are researcher training positions aimed at providing promising researchers the opportunity of academic development in the form of a doctoral degree. The positions are related to the PhD program at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the faculty is the employer.

Information about the department

At present the Department of Chemistry has 12 professors, 8 associate professors, 3 adjunct professors, 10 post docs and about 18 PhD research fellows.

The department of Chemistry has research activities within environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, applied theoretical chemistry and structural inorganic chemistry. Research activities within environment chemistry / analytical chemistry include the study of the occurrence, transport and interactions of contaminants, nutrients and other biologically or environmentally relevant compounds in soil, water, air and the biosphere. Sensor development and development of analytical procedures for use in environmental and industrial monitoring represent a major part of our research activities. More information about the department of Chemistry can be found here:

Job description

The offered PhD positions will be linked directly to the research activity within the national research Centre CtrlAQUA, a Centre for research-based innovation (SFI) where the Department of Chemistry at the NV faculty stands as partner among several others. CtrlAQUA is coordinated by NOFIMA. The vision for the CtrlAQUA Centre is to achieve a paradigm shift in the salmon farming through innovative solutions that support further expansion of Norwegian aquaculture, thus ensuring Norway's position as a world-leading supplier of aquaculture expertise, technology and sustainable seafood. More information about the center:

The research activity in the current fellow positions includes research on water quality and development of procedures for water quality monitoring in terms of prioritized chemical parameters (e.g. CO2, pH, nitrate, nutrients and trace elements) in closed farms. Research activity for the PhD projects will be within water quality aspects, development of sensor protection systems, sensor development, optimization of procedures for the maintenance of sensors and quality assurance.


To qualify for the announced positions, a master's degree in chemistry within the field of analytical chemistry and/or nanotechnology, or education at the equivalent level, with very good results is required. We are looking for candidates with positive and creative personality who can work independently and consistently on the research project. The candidates should be able to take initiative, work goal-oriented, tackle challenges, enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams. The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test. Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that a Master 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) for the two last years of the MSc is required. 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:

Teaching assignments will be part to both positions, and will be within courses given at the department's basic course/program (given in Norwegian or English). Due to requirements linked to teaching assignments, one of the positions will be reserved for applicant talking fluent a Scandinavian langue. For both positions, relevant teaching experience will be part of the proration criteria. 

Terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study.

Admission to the PhD program in chemistry is required for the appointment of the fellow position. Information about the PhD program in chemistry can be found on the website  Application forms is available here: 

We can offer:

  • Varied and challenging tasks in an international, development-oriented and good working environment.
  • Good pension, insurance and loan schemes in the state pension
  • Salary according to national salary. A deduction of 2% is made as a statutory contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

Details of the position can be obtained from the head of the department Hallstein Hemmer, telephone 73 59 60 09/93 03 54 95 e-mail; and from Professor Øyvind Mikkelsen, Department of Chemistry, phone 73 59 62 60/92 89 94 50 e-mail;
The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts, (copies of documentation on English language proficiency test) and reference letters should be submitted. In addition the applicant must include a letter describing the candidate’s motivation, skills and personal qualifications for the position. Please indicate in the motivation letter if there is a preference for either sensor development / optimization or more general water quality aspects.

Applications must be submitted electronically through

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the positions are: NV-115/17.

Application deadline: 10. November 2017

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, November 10, 2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 143706
  • Internal ID 2017/34466
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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