PhD Research Fellowship in Semiconductor Physics, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Apr 15, 2015

Deadline: May 03, 2015

Position as PhD Research fellow (Stipendiat SKO 1017) available at Center for Material Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) and the Department of Physics .

The position is a part of the project “Novel semiconducting alloys in energy technology (Salient)”, funded by The Research Council of Norway within the FriPro program.

The fellowship is for a period of 3 years. Starting date no later than 01.10.2015.

Job/ project description:

With the urgent need of new and environmentally friendly materials for harvesting, conversion and transmission of energy, the present project addresses novel semiconductors related to thin films and nanostructures of advanced opto-electronic materials. For oxide semiconductors in general, and for zinc oxide (ZnO) in particular, it is challenging to exploit all their attractive inherent properties and full use in solid state devices, like solar cells and light emitting diodes. However, combined with a more mature technology, like gallium nitride (GaN), ZnO can overcome several of its major challenges. In fact, the tuning possibility of functional properties may exceed that of the parent semiconductors by unconventional alloying, like anion incorporation. Hence, the PhD project aims at investigating the physics of unconventional alloying of oxides (with emphasis on ZnO), and is an application motivated basic research project combining synthesis and characterization within solid state physics and materials science.

The main work will be carried out in the Semiconductor Physics/LENS research group (Light and Electricity from Novel Semiconductors) within the Dep. of Physics/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) at UiO. LENS is an internationally recognized research group providing a stimulating research environment to promote training/education of students. The research group focuses on application-motivated basic research, where we address rather fundamental materials science and physics issues relevant to enabling technologies for renewable energy, in particular solar cells. The successful candidate will gain experience with state of the art clean room and characterization facilities for synthesis processing and advanced characterization of functional materials.

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 Master’s degree or equivalent in semiconductor physics, with a solid background in semiconductor materials, processing and characterization. For the present position, experience with growth and characterization of semiconducting oxides will be positively evaluated, as well as good communication skills.

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2015 to complete the final exam.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD program must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see here and here.

A good command of English is required.


Pay grade: 50 - 57 (NOK 429 700 – 482 800 per year)

The application must include:

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 3 May, 2015
  • Reference number:
  • 2015/4710

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