Postdoctoral Fellow in mathematical modeling of electrochemical systems

    • Application Deadline
      07 October 2022
      (application date has expired)
    • Job Salary
      £56,350 Salary is offered in Norwegian kroner (NOK), 563 500 NOK
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    • Contact Name
      Svein Sunde

    Post doctoral fellowship is available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering

    About the position

    We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

    The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.
    The position is affiliated with the MODELYS project funded by the Research Council of Norway and European industry. Project partners include SINTEF, the University of Oslo, the Danish Technical University (DTU Energy), and NTNU. The project will develop new knowledge on improvements and limitations of electrolyser cells and stacks, and provide design and decision support tools for enabling the realization and integration stacks in GW-plants. The overall aim of the MODELYS project is to generate a roadmap for the realisation of GW plants at a cost less than €350/kW, to be able to produce green hydrogen at a competitive price in 2030. To ensure a successful outcome, the MODELYS team includes both experimentalists and theorists. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work on the mathematical modeling of water electrolysis processes in close collaboration with experimentalists. The work will in particular contribute to the understanding of degradation processes and the dependence of lifetime on operation modes (start-stop cycles, integration with renewables, fluctuating loads etc.) and electrolyser technology.

    Duties of the position
    • Mathematical modeling of coupled electrode and transport processes in water electrolysis
    • Development of dynamic continuum models for porous electrodes and gas-evolution
    • Development of models for degradation in catalytic layers
    • Interact with experimentalists
    • Data analysis
    • Communicate with industry and the research community
    • Scientific and technical reporting.

    Required selection criteria
    • You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD.
    • You must have a professionally relevant background.
    • Fluent in written and oral English.

    Preferred selection criteria
    • Experience in mathematical modeling
    • A good knowledge of programming
    • Experience in modeling of porous and gas-evolving electrodes will be considered an asset.

    Personal characteristics
    • Excellent communication and collaborative skills
    • Creativity, excellent analytical skills and an ability to organize information
    • An ability to plan and organize scientific work and laboratory experiments

    We offer
    • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
    • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
    • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
    • employee benefits

    Salary and conditions
    As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

    The period of employment is 2 years.

    About the application
    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. 
    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 application must include:
    • CV, certificates and diplomas
    • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.
    • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 items)
    • A propsal for a research plan
    • Name and address of three referees

    General information
    Working at NTNU

    The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.
    IIf you have any questions about the position or recruitment process, please contact Professor Svein Sunde, e-mail: [email protected]. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marie Kristiansen, e-mail: [email protected].

    Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.
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    Application deadline: 07.10.2022
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