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PhD Position in Chemistry, Materials science, Nanotechnology – NTNU, Norway – Dec 2021

Norway, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

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We have a vacancy for an enthusiastic, inquisitive and experimentally inclined PhD candidate in hybrid organic-inorganic supramolecular crystals for novel applications in energy efficient and recyclable electronics. The position is at the Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry (FACET) Research group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU Norwegian University for Science and Technology.

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU
Trondheim, ,

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Qualification Details

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in chemistry, materials science or nanotechnology with knowledge of materials synthesis and characterization.
  • You must have prior experience with organic or inorganic materials synthesis, and/or materials structural characterization techniques.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, 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 students who will complete their studies in 2022 are also encouraged to apply. Employment will be postponed until the completion of the master degree.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program
  • You must have good written and oral English language and communication skills.
  • You will be required to work in an inclusive team environment and contribute to the activities of the research group as a whole. This means an open attitude towards assisting other student and staff.
  • You will be required to respect others in the workplace and contribute to an inclusive, fair and responsible work environment.


The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants 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

  • A candidate that is interested in moving outside of Norway for an extended research visit of 3 to 6 months with a focus on strengthening the international scientific network.
  • A candidate with knowledge of crystal growth methods or other materials synthesis will be preferred.
  • Prior knowledge in organic or inorganic chemistry will be highly advantageous.
  • Candidates showing a desire to learn Norweigian or with Scandinavian language scills will be considered a plus.
  • Candidates with an interest in teaching or taking wider responsibilities within the laboratories are also desired.

Personal characteristics

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified for the PhD position, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability. The candidate should:

The candidate should:

  • Be comfortable working independently to solve complex problems and take responsibility for their own progress.
  • Develop a practice of sharing the lessons from the successes and failures of their individual work with others.
  • Possess an enthusiasm for scientific knowledge and a desire to share knowledge.
  • Be able to build meaningful professional relationships in the workplace and foster respect among colleagues.
  • Be able to see the benefits of contributing to a team and work to improve their public and professional interactions.
  • Be someone with many varied interests, passions, and personal pursuits outside of work. FACET prides itself on promoting balance and diversity in life, and an individual who can contribute to the knowledge of the group in all aspects of life is highly desired.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD candidate will pursue experimentally based materials science to design, engineer, synthesise, and characterize new proof of concept hybrid organic-inorganic supramolecular materials for ferroelectric and thermal energy storage devices. These materials are intended to pull our future technologies in line with sustainable development objectives.

Candidates will develop a broad range of skills in chemistry and materials synthesis, working within collaborations to custom design of molecular precursors, implement them in complex crystal structures, characterize their structures and test their functional properties, such as, ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity and barocaloric effects. Crystals will be grown using solution chemistry and evaporation precipitation methods. Structural characterization using a range of techniques, including synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy will be utilized in situ as a function of temperature to map out compositional phase diagrams. In situ experiments using electrical field stimuli will be conducted to determine the underlying mechanisms of electromechanical properties. Electrical and electromechanical characterization with impedance spectroscopy, laser interferometry and high voltage ferroelectric testing will be a critical aspect of testing new materials for their application potential in energy and information communication technology.

  • The Candidate will be required to plan and carry out independent scientific inquiries into the synthesis-structure-property relationship of hybrid supramolecular materials.
  • The candidate will collect, analyse, and report thorough data sets pertaining to materials structure and properties using a wide variety of experimental techniques.
  • The candidate must be able to work together with other PhD candidates, postdocs, research staff and faculty, and contribute to the wider research groups at FACET and NTNU.
  • The candite will work extensively on oral, written and visual communication of science and will be expected to represent FACET by presenting their research at international conferences.
  • The candidate will be encouraged to contribute to the scientific and learning environment at NTNU through participation in laboratory or equipment management, teaching activities and organisation of social events.
  • The candidate will be required to mentor masters students in the laboratory and assist in the planning and undertaking of the research activities of junior scientists (undergraduates).

How to Apply?

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Reference Number: NV-123/21
(If any, use it in the necessary place)

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Documents Required

About the application

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

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:

  • A cover letter describing your motivation for the position, a summary of scientific experience and how the applicant sees their background as suitable.
  • A draft research proposal (1 or 2 pages) for the PhD study, presenting ideas for the PhD-work “hybrid organic-inorganic supramolecular ferroics” and how it can be applied, based on the project description given in this advertisement. This proposal will be neither final nor binding for the project.
  • CV, 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.
  • Name and address of three referees
  • Documentation of English Language proficiency
  • 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.

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 Project/Department

This academic position will provide the opportunity for the candidate to complete a doctoral education program and obtain a PhD from NTNU, while undertaking professional development activities within the broad fields of research and materials science.

The project is motivated by the need to improve the sustainability of our personal electronics. E-waste is one of the fastest growing sources of toxic landfill and has high concentrations of valuable metals and mineral resources.  This research project is aimed at exploring the landscape of hybrid supramolecular chemistry to develop and engineer materials that can be utilized as dielectric, ferroelectrics or calorics while possessing the capacity to be reclaimed and recycled at the end of a devices useful life. The combination of functional properties with solubility in many supramolecular materials makes them ideal candidates, but their full potential has not yet been reached. New compositional engineering strategies are required, and this is where you can play a role. As a PhD candidate you will work on the novel area of compositional engineering in supramolecular ferroics and actively contribute to this growing international field of research.

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.

About the Employer: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

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-123/21 when applying.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Julian Walker, telephone +4790180646, email: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Hilde M. Nordø, e-mail:

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