Postdoc Position in Automated Methods for Chemical Synthesis

Trondheim, Norway
02 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
21 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A Postdoc position involving the development of high performance automated chemical reactors is available at the Department of Chemistry, jointly funded by the Department of Chemistry and the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The appointment has a duration of 3 years.

Information about the department

The current research areas of NTNU’s Department of Chemistry include organic chemistry, theoretical chemistry, materials science, energy technology, medicinal technology, environmental and analytical chemistry and marine chemistry. The department teaches organic chemistry, analytical and environmental chemistry and applied theoretical chemistry.

For more information about the department and its activities, see the web page

Job description

The job will focus on the development of automated and self-optimising flow reactors for advanced functional materials, and will be based in the group of Prof. John de Mello. Specifically, it will involve the design and fabrication of the chemical reactors, the construction of real-time instrumentation for analyzing product properties, and the development of software routines for optimising product properties. The overall aim is to develop a new generation of self-optimising reactors that are capable of rapidly and reliably searching extremely large chemical parameter spaces in search of materials with highly optimized physico-chemical properties. The job will also involve assisting Prof. de Mello in setting up a new laboratory in advanced flow chemistry.


The successful applicant will have a PhD degree within the fields of Physics, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering (or a closely related field), and will have worked across the boundaries of these fields. Owing to the interdisciplinary nature of the project, the candidate should be experienced in the following areas: inorganic and organic synthetic chemistry; the physics of nanoscale materials and devices; digital electronics; programming, including Matlab and Python; design of instrumentation for real-time chemical analysis; spectroscopy; and microfluidics.

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. The successful candidate must be creative, problem oriented and able to work independently. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take a keen interest in learning and working/mentoring in teams.

Terms of employment

The appointment of the Postdoc 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 Postdoc is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

The application

Applications with CV, degree certificates, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts, certified copies of documentation on English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) where appropriate, and reference letters should be submitted electronically through the link below. 

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-83/18

Application deadline: 21.07.2018

Further information can be obtained from professor John de Mello, Department of Chemistry, NTNU, E-mail:

Further information about the Department can be found at

About this job

  • Deadline Saturday, July 21, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 155130
  • Internal ID 2018/21536
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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