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PhD Fellowship in Materials Science, Area of Solar Grade Silicon production – NTNU, Norway 2022


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A PhD fellowship is available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU – Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Trondheim, Norway

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Qualification Details

A PhD research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian Master degree in materials science, materials chemistry or corresponding foreign master degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian master degree.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Other required selection criteria

  • The candidate must have, or complete before the December 2021, a Master degree in the field of materials science and engineering.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills as well as presentation skills are required.
  • Previous experience in metallurgy, working with a variety of equipment in metallurgical lab.

Personal characteristics

  • The successful candidates can take responsibility for progress and can work independently.
  • The candidates have good communication skills and can collaborate closely with other members of the research group.
  • The candidates must be diligent and able to show initiative on behalf of their own work.

In the evaluation of which candidates are best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are seeking candidates with strong interest in metallurgical processes holding Master degree in materials science and engineering. The PhD research is about “solar grade silicon production”, which is the main material for the photovoltaic industry. The position is in the Norwegian Research Centre for Sustainable Solar Cell Technology, FME-SUSOLTECH ( ). The project focuses on the application of silicon purification techniques in which silicon is purified via various metallurgical techniques. The main goal of the project is to study the removal of the impurity elements from silicon to obtain a feedstock to further produce mono crystalline silicon. In particular, the project will focus on the removal of B and P, which are two problematic impurities in solar grade silicon production. The project will require the use of high temperature furnaces, materials characterization by advanced techniques, and hydrometallurgical treatment of silicon. Thermodynamic knowledge about reactive high temperature systems such as liquid-gas and solid-gas reactions is important. The candidates with research experience about silicon purification and hydrometallurgical processes are highly recommended to apply. We search for a person that is creative, innovative and can work independently, possesses good communication skills, and integrates well into a team.

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Documents Required

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 applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment.
  • Name and address of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief 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.

About the Department

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.

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Note or Other details

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number NV-XX/21 when applying.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Jafar Safarian (tel +47 48061765, (

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Hilde Martinsen Nordø, e-mail:

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