Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Advanced Characterization of Pd-based Membrane Model Systems

Trondheim, Norway
02 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Faculty of Natural Science
Department of Chemical Engineering 

A postdoctoral fellowship is available for research on advanced characterization of model systems for Pd-based membranes at the Department of Chemical Engineering. The fellowship is affiliated with the project H2MemX, supported by the Research Council of Norway ENERGIX program as well as NTNU strategic funding. SINTEF Industry is a partner to the project, and it isalso associated to the Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI) iCSI (industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation). The fellowship is funded for a minimum 2 years, with possible extension related to teaching and supervision of students depending on the candidate’s background and the Department of Chemical engineering needs.

Information about the department

The current research fields at the Department includes biorefinery and fiber technology, catalysis, colloid and polymer chemistry, environmental engineering and reactor technology and process systems engineering. Information about the department is available on the Departments homepage:

Information about the research group and the iCSI Centre is available on the Department homepage:  and, respectively.

Job description

The H2MemX postdoctoral fellowship deals with fundamental experimental investigations of Pd alloy surfaces, either as single crystals or as polycrystalline thin films. The main objective is to identify material properties critical to the efficiency and stability of Pd alloy membranes for hydrogen separation. Such membranes will be important to the hydrogen value chain, since they may efficiently provide high purity hydrogen irrespective of the hydrogen source (biomass, natural gas) or carrier (ammonia, ethanol, etc) and – concurrently – enable CO2 capture and storage (CCS)

The experimental methodology will be concentrated around photoelectron spectroscopy using conventional x-ray sources (XPS) as well as synchrotron light (HR-XPS). Advancing the methodology and use of high pressure/near-ambient XPS to characterize Pd alloy surfaces during permeation and/or chemical interaction is specifically targeted, and experimental periods at synchrotrons must be anticipated. Ab initio calculations (DFT) for modelling of surface chemistries and spectra will also be included. In addition, scanning probe techniques (STM), optical characterization (IR and Raman spectroscopies), Auger spectroscopy and electron microscopies (SEM/STEM/TEM) may be used.


A background corresponding to a PhD in chemical engineering, material science, physics or chemistry is preferred. The candidate should have good experimental skills and experience with Pd alloy model systems as well as the abovementioned experimental and theoretical techniques is considered highly advantageous, in particular synchrotron-based (near-ambient) XPS and DFT.

Terms of employment

The appointment of the postdoctoral fellowship will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.
NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.
The position as postdoctoral fellowship is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Hilde Venvik, 
Department of Chemical Engineering, NTNU, E-mail:

The application 

Applications with CV, certified copies of degrees and transcripts, list of publications with bibliographical references, and contact details for three referees should be submitted electronically through link at this page. 

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 
Mark the application with NV-12/18.

Application deadline is February 15.02.2018. 


  • Deadline Thursday, February 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 147634
  • Internal ID 2018/3487
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Project 


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