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Researcher - Energy Materials Production 

The Department for Battery Technology at IFE increasing its activity in research and development of energy materials. We collaborate closely with Norwegian and foreign industry partners as well as with internationally recognized research organizations.

Renewable energy technologies and especially the battery market, are growing fast. Both need new energy materials. Our energy materials group in the Battery Technology Department is currently producing silicon-based energy materials, directly used in new lithium-ion batteries or adjacent markets. The production of our energy materials is performed in a reactor laboratory that houses three different reactor concepts: free-space-reactor (FSR), fluidized-bed-reactor (FBR) and centrifuge chemical-vapor deposition (C-CVD) reactor.  The produces high purity silicon-based materials both in nanoparticles and bulk. The infrastructure is excellent for testing out new concepts in pyrolysis (gas decomposition). IFE is also developing its own technology for production of silicon materials, especially for Li-ion batteries and other renewable energy technologies.

We are seeking a person who can strengthen this team, take part in the development of upscaled production methods and generate new projects within energy materials for batteries.

  • PhD or equivalent academic degree in physics, chemistry, materials science, process engineering or similar field
  • An experimentalist view: Ability to plan and perform experiments, analyse results, summarize and conclude
  • Background from material science, solid state physics, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, nanotechnology or related areas
  • Experience working with lithium-ion battery technologies is a plus
  • Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals
  • Expertise within one or more of the following topics will be beneficial:
    • Pyrolysis (thermal gas decomposition)
    • Gas analysis by mass spectrometry, gas chromatography, and/or other methods
    • Chemical kinetics modelling
    • Experimental reactor research and development
    • Understanding of silicon materials
    • Advanced characterization of energy materials
  • Experience in project generation and management, preferably from EU- or Norwegian/Scandinavian funding system
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (the department’s working language is English)
Prefered profile:
We need a motivated person who has excellent problem-solving skills and who will be an active participant and collaborator in our group. You will have the chance to gain knowledge and skills that will support and extend the opportunities we have in our research group. We pride ourselves in delivering technology needed by our partners and by society.
Application deadline:
19.januar 2020