PhD Position in Computational Chemistry

Trondheim, Norway
20 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A PhD position is available at the Department of Chemistry. The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of until 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 is financed by the NTNU Enabling Technologies program and has a special responsibility for the project: Reaction Triggers.

Information about the department

The current research fields at the Department of Chemistry includes both theoretical and practical disciplines. Currently, the department employs around 12 professors, 10 associate/assistant professors, and approximately 30 PhD students and post-doctoral researchers and 15 technical/administrative staff. Further information is available at:

Job description

The aim of this project is to establish a new approach to catalysis based on Machine Learning (ML), beyond state-of-the-art simulation techniques, and experimental validation. This will be achieved with an interdisciplinary collaboration between three departments/faculties: Department of Chemistry (Faculty Natural Sciences), Department of Computer Science (Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering), and Department of Energy and Process Engineering (Faculty of Engineering). The approach will be developed for water auto-ionization and splitting which, if successful, will have an obvious impact on the realization of the renewable and sustainable energy transition. The approach itself, which will be developed, is generic and could be applied to all kind of chemical processes.

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:


The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, computer science, or another relevant study direction. Experience with molecular simulations, statistical thermodynamics, and programming experience will in particular be evaluated for this position. The PhD work will be mainly theoretical.
The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

The regulations for PhD programmes 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:

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).

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. 

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

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

For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Titus van Erp, Department of Chemistry, NTNU, e-mail: Also the following persons can be contacted: Department of Computer Science – Prof. Helge Langseth; and Department of Energy and Process Engineering – Prof. Bruno Pollet;

Further information about the Department can be found at

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 to this, the candidate should attach a cover letter describing the motivation for applying to this position.

Applications must be submitted electronically through

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-45/18

Application deadline:  20.04.2018

About this job

  • Deadline Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Gløshaugen
  • Jobbnorge ID 150113
  • Internal ID 2018/8971
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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