PhD position in Electrochemistry

About the job

We have a vacancy for PhD fellows at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in the field of Electrochemistry. PhD fellows are expected to complete the degree of PhD within three or four (including teaching duties) years.

Electrochemistry is a truly interdisciplinary field drawing on chemistry, physics, materials science, electronics, and nanotechnology alike. Electrochemistry therefore offers unique possibilities for interesting scientific work and an exciting career. Electrochemistry is essential in the current pursuit of the green transition and the establishing of a sustainable society, as it is critical to some pivotal technologies such as hydrogen technology (water electrolysis and fuel cells), and batteries. It is also critical to the manufacture of materials that go into a diverse set of technologies related to energy storage and renewables. The demand for staff with expertise in Electrochemistry is therefore soaring.

The available PhD position is funded by the LEAn project, which has as its goal to develop efficient and durable anode materials for production of metals. The anode is a major cause of energy loss in production of metals such as nickel and copper, which are highly relevant for batteries and transmission of the electrical energy required for the green transition. It is the objective of the project to develop advanced novel anode catalysts that makes the production of these metals as energy economic as possible. The LEAn-project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and Norwegian and Swedish industry in a prestigious funding scheme. In addition to the PhD, the project team consists of two professors, a team of industry engineers, SINTEF researchers and a post doctor. The position may include secondments/stays in the participating companies (Norway and Sweden).

The PhD student will have access to state-of-the-art equipment for in situ characterization of performance and degradation processes in electrocatalysts.

You will find more information about the project on the web site and in the video introduction to the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NTNU.

Duties of the position

  • Experimental electrochemistry (voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, linear-sweep voltammetry, chronoamperometry and others, including in-situ methods)
  • Characterization of degradation processes in-situ by ICP-MS
  • Manufacture of electrocatalytic layers by electrochemical methods (plating, wet-chemical synthesis and others)
  • Structural characterization (X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and others)
  • Analysis of results
  • Communicate with industry and the research community
  • Scientific and technical reporting through regular dissemination channels, public dissemination through social media and other channels, and participation in international conferences.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background, preferably in electrochemistry, chemistry, analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, nanotechnology or physics.
  • You must have a genuine interest in the project topic and a willingness to specialize in electrochemistry.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level.
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master’s degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Master’s students can apply, but the master’s degree must be obtained and documented by August 2023.
  • You must be fluent in written and oral English.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience in experimental electrochemistry, chemistry, nanotechnology, or physics.
  • Experience in materials synthesis and characterization.
  • An ability and willingness to teach and supervise students at all (five-year) MSc levels will be considered an advantage.
  • A willingness and interest in secondments to the industry.

Personal characteristics

  • Excellent communication and collaborative skills
  • Creativity, excellent analytical skills and an ability to organize information
  • An ability to plan and organize scientific work and laboratory experiments
  • An ability to manage, administrate and economize with available resources

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 532 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years (four years including teaching duties can be negotiated).

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Materials Science and Engineering ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.


The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution, or project partner to which the candidate has been seconded, daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

The application must include:

  • CV and certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not completed the master’s degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master’s thesis. If you recently have submitted your master’s thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master’s degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and contact information of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor’s and master’s education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees’ needs.


The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.


As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position or recruitment process, please contact Svein Sunde or Frode Seland, email,

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.  

Please refer to the application number NVD-133/23 when applying.

Application deadline: 30.05.2023.

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We are Norway’s leading educational and research environment in materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science.  In collaboration with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes.  Activities in our disciplines are vital for the green shift. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.