PhD Position within Battery Technology

Trondheim, Norway
24 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
25 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

There are two available PhD positions within battery technology at the department of Material Science and Engineering. One position is part of the project High-capacity 2D layered materials for Mg-ion batteries (2D-Mg), while the other position is part of the project High energy cathodes for Li-ion batteries (HiCath). Both projects are a collaboration between NTNU and SINTEF and both are funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The position connected to the 2D-Mg project will focus on synthesis of a new type of cathode materials for Mg-ion batteries. The work will require significant efforts on synthesis and materials characterization, with particular focus on structural and morphological analysis in addition to electrochemical testing. There will also be a significant activity on theoretical modelling in this project, which will be conducted by SINTEF and a post doc. The PhD candidate will be expected to work closely with this activity.

For the other position, which is part of the HiCath project, the main focus will be on synthesis and characterization of high energy and high voltage cathode materials for Li-ion batteries. The synthesis will involve various types of wet chemical methods, including implementation of protective coatings on the active material. Structural and morphological characterization in addition to electrochemical characterization will be important here as well. This project will also include activities on electrode manufacturing and full cell battery testing. The PhD project will be conducted in collaboration with scientific staff from SINTEF.

The applicants should hold a Master of Science (MSc) degree or similar in one of the following areas or another related area: Chemistry, electrochemistry, nanotechnology, material science. Candidates with experience from practical laboratory work relevant to the given project and/or materials chemistry will be preferred. We search for persons that are creative, innovative and can work independently. The applicants should have good communication skills and be fluent in English, both orally and written. The candidates will be part of a research group working on a variety of battery chemistries as well as other energy storage technologies. It is thus important that the applicants are willing to collaborate with other researchers, enabling them to be a part of the team. 

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that the applicant must have 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). 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. Tentative start-date of the appointment will be August 1st 2018.

Further information regarding the position can be obtained by contacting Associate Professor Fride Vullum-Bruer, phone nr. +47 98667654, e-mail: (2D-Mg and HiCath) or Dr Nils P. Wagner, phone nr. +47 45060739, e-mail: (HiCath).

Information about the department can be found online at:

The application should contain:

  • CV, including list of publications with bibliographical references
  • Testimonials and certificates (including transcript of grades from BSc and MSc)
  • A brief description of the candidate’s research experience and interests
  • Documentation of fluency in English if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant’s mother tongue
  • Other documents which the applicant would like to present

Applications must be submitted electronically through this page.

The reference number of the position is NV-11/18.

Application deadline is February 25, 2018

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