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University of Oslo PhD Research Fellowship in Catalysis, Norway

University of Oslo, Norway


October 18, 2016


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PhD Research Fellowship in Catalysis

1 PhD position is available at the Department of Chemistry/Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, University of Oslo, Norway.

The PhD position is for a period of 3 years, with possible extension to 4 years, with 1 year of teaching. Starting date for the position is no later than 1. February 2017. No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

We seek a highly motivated PhD candidate to the CONFINE project in the Catalysis section. CONFINE is a frontier research project in collaboration with the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Research Council. The research theme of the group is value creation in chemical processes through rational catalyst design, based on atomistic and mechanistic insight in catalyst and reactor parameters. The successful candidate will work in a highly cross-disciplinary and internationally competitive research environment comprising ∼ 40 students and post docs.

The project aims to investigate model reactions on catalytic sites in open and confined environments, respectively, tightly combining experiment and theory with the goal of elucidating the effect of confinement and tandem functional sites on the activity and selectivity of new catalysts.

The Catalysis group has an extensive network of international collaborators, and research stays abroad is a natural part of any position in the group.


The position will focus on: Synthesis of Metal Organic Framework (MOF) compounds and related materials based on organic and metal organic building blocks.

Applicants must hold a Master's of Science degree in Chemistry or Material Science.

  • The candidate must document experience in the synthesis and characterization of solid porous materials such as Metal Organic Framework compounds (MOFs) and related materials.
  • Experience in synthesis of organic and metal organic porous materials is required.
  • Competence in structure modeling for prediction of new materials will be regarded as an advantage.
  • Catalyst characterization will be carried out with several relevant techniques, in particular microscopy (scanning and transmission modes), X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, Raman, FT-IR, and UV-Vis spectroscopy, and expertise within one of these fields is required.
  • A good insight into basic characterization methods such as diffraction, surface area measurements, acidity characterization is considered highly beneficial.

It is imperative that the candidate is highly self-driven and able to take responsibility for his/her own work, including troubleshooting and acquiring additional skills required to reach the project goals.

He/she must master the English language at a high level and possess good interpersonal and communication skills. Mastering a Scandinavian language will be considered an advantage.

Candidates without a Master's degree have until 31st December 2016 to complete the final exam.

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.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position.


Position code 1017, Salary: NOK 432 700 – 489 300 per year, ( pay grade 50 – 57) depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work 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)

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.

To APPLY click "Further official information" below.

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September 29, 2016


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