Two positions as PhD Research fellows in Inorganic chemistry and catalysis

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Two positions as PhD Research fellows in Inorganic chemistry and catalysis
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PhD position

There are two (2) vacancies for PhD Research Fellows in inorganic chemistry, material chemistry and catalysis at the Department of Chemistry. The positions are for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The positions are part of the project Recyclable Catalysts for Sustainable Polymers from CO2 and Bio-based Epoxides, which is funded as a Starting Grant from the Trond Mohn Foundation. The research group is located in brand new laboratory facilities at the Department of Chemistry, UiB.

About the project/work tasks:

Common to the two projects/work tasks

  • The overall aim is to development efficient catalysts for the production of sustainable polymers, where CO2 will be used as one of the raw materials.
  • The hired candidates will design, synthesise, and characterise hybrid organic-inorganic compounds as potential catalysts for efficient and selective conversion of epoxide and CO2 to polycarbonates.
  • The compounds will be systematically tested in standard processes for epoxide / CO2 copolymerisation, and subsequently in processes with renewable epoxides for a more environmentally friendly production of plastic.
  • The hired candidates will be part of a research team, and will work together with researchers, PhD, MSc and BSc students.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

Specifically for PhD position 1:
The work will primarily focus on synthesis and subsequent catalysis testing. Initially the focus will be on designing and synthesising coordination complexes and/or organometallic catalysts in combination with polyoxometalates.

Qualifications and personal qualities for PhD position 1:

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent education in chemistry. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 15.08.2023. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded. 
  • Applicants must have a solid background in organometallic chemistry, with an emphasis on synthetic methods and the choice of experimental parameters.
  • Applicants must clearly state and document the type and level of relevant experience in synthesis and characterisation techniques in the application.
  • Solid experience with at least one of the following analytical techniques for structure characterisation is required; NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography or mass spectrometry.
  • Experience with synthesis and characterisation of polyoxometalates is a strong advantage.
  • Experience from inorganic synthesis is an advantage.
  • Experience with homogeneous catalysis is an advantage.
  • Experience with other analytical techniques such as IR, GC, GC-MS, and elemental analysis is an advantage.
  • A working knowledge of Norwegian is an advantage.

 

Specifically for PhD position 2:
The work will primarily focus on synthesis and subsequent catalysis testing. An important aspect will be the incorporation of suitable cations, including ionic liquids, for the development of solubility-controlled polyoxometalate-based catalysts.

 

Qualifications and personal qualities for PhD position 2:

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent education in chemistry. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 15.08.2023. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded.
  • Applicants must have a solid background in inorganic chemistry with an emphasis on synthetic methods and the choice of experimental parameters.
  • Applicants must clearly state and document the type and level of relevant experience in synthesis and characterisation techniques in the application.
  • Solid experience with at least one of the following analytical techniques for structure characterisation is required; NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography or mass spectrometry.
  • Experience with synthesis and characterisation of polyoxometalates is a strong advantage.
  • Experience with synthesis and characterisation of ionic liquids is an advantage.
  • Experience with working under controlled atmospheres (Schlenk lines and glove boxes) is an advantage.
  • Experience with other analytical techniques such as IR, GC, GC-MS, differential scanning calorimetry, and elemental analysis is an advantage.
  • Experience with homogeneous catalysis is an advantage.
  • A working knowledge of Norwegian is an advantage.

Applicable to both positions:

The appointed person must have:

  • good abilities for critical thinking and writing.
  • ability to work in a structured and independent manner, and to collaborate with others.
  • good knowledge of both written and spoken English.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

Special requirements for the position
The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications. 

About the PhD position:

About the PhD Research Fellow
Both fellowships will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment.

The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training
As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment.
  • salary as PhD research fellow (Code 1017) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 540 500 (equivalent to pay grade 54). Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position. 
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • a brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • which of the two positions you are applying for, and why you think you are suited for this position (or why you are interested and suited to both positions if that is the case)
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not yet completed your master’s degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming the expected date of award of your master’s degree. Your master’s degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on completed degree and your grade, by 15.08.2023.
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission )
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • any publications in your name

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact Associate Professor Mali Husby Rosnes, (Department of Chemistry, Universitetet i Bergen, E-mail: [email protected]) or Professor Knut Børve (Head of the Department, Department of Chemistry, Universitetet i Bergen, E-mail: [email protected], +47 55 58 33 65). For HR related questions, contact Senior Executive Officer Eva Beate Hårklau, e-mail [email protected].

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

 

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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Deadline

6th August 2023

Employer

University of Bergen

Municipality

Bergen

Scope

Fulltime (2 positions)
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Duration

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Place of service
Allégaten 41, 5007 Bergen

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