Postdoc Researcher Position in University of Oslo Norway

Researcher in Chemistry at OSLO, Norway, May 2022


A position as Researcher to analyze Intermediates of Reactions and Isomers in Catalysis Engineering with Advanced Ion Mass-Spectrometry in the INTRICat project is available at the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN), University of Oslo, Norway, May 2022.

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General Info

Position: Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: 15th June, 2022
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: NOK 534 400 – 615 800,- per annum

Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN)

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway


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Qualification Details

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in chemistry or chemical engineering. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Documented experience in at least three of the following sub-fields: mass-spectrometry, chemical kinetics, low-pressure experimental techniques, transient methods, zeolite catalysis
  • Intermediate level of data processing, including signal processing and numerical (transport-reaction) microkinetic modeling of chemical reactors. Programming experience and the knowledge of topical software is highly encouraged
  • Documented skills in technical and scientific writing, such as publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Personal skills

  • Ability to conduct high-quality independent research within a broad collaboration
  • Interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Self-motivation, creativity, genuine curiosity about the subject, work discipline, professional ethics, and ambition

Responsibilities/Job Description

This researcher position is open as a part of the INTRICat project (Analyzing Intermediates of Reactions and Isomers in Catalysis Engineering with Advanced Ion Mass-Spectrometry) funded by the Finnish Academy of Sciences and cosupervised by Prof. Unni Olsbye (University of Oslo, Norway) and Prof. Marko Huttula (University of Oulu, Finland).

This collaborative project aims at utilizing advanced mass-spectrometry (electron-impact and photoionization, quadrupole and time of flight mass separation) and electron spectroscopy methods (UPS, XPS) for the analysis of sustainability-relevant zeolite-catalyzed reactions, particularly within the sub-ambient and high vacuum pressure regimes. By using these advanced methods, we hope to resolve isomer-specific reaction kinetics and better understand complex reaction mechanisms.

The researcher will be involved in the implementation of novel experiments (instrument development), conduct laboratory-based experiments with the Temporal Analysis of Products (TAP) reactor system, and employ complex data analysis methods (signal processing, chemometrics, transport-reaction modeling). This work will be conducted within an international team of researchers (Norway, Finland, Sweden) and will involve experimental campaigns at large scale synchrotron radiation facilities.

As a part of the project, researcher will be invited for short stays at the partner institution in Oulu, Finland.

The researcher will be hosted at the Catalysis Section of the Department of Chemistry, Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN), which comprises approximately 30 members with expertise in catalysis by zeolites/zeotypes, metal organic frameworks, and organometallic compounds. Multiple collaboration opportunities exist within the section and the center, creating a stimulating and diverse research environment.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: 1109

Application Procedure

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

About the Department

Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) is an interdisciplinary focus field for material and energy research at the University of Oslo. SMN has focused on basic research in renewable energy and environmentally friendly use of fossil energy sources. The center consists of research groups from the Department of Physics (Fi) and Chemistry (Ki), has about 100 employees from around the world and manages more than 80 projects funded by the EU, the RCN and others.

About the Employer:


  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 615 800,- per annum depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

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