Research for a better future

IFE conducts research for a better future. Since 1948, we have been a frontrunner in international energy research. We contribute to new solutions in renewable energy, petroleum and industry. We develop zero-emission transport solutions, digital systems and ground-breaking cancer medicine.

Renewable energy

Nuclear technology

Materials technology


Radiopharmacy and health

Oil and gas

Industry and environment

Safety and security

Research Centers hosted by IFE

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Vacant positions

Head of Department for Department of Applied Physical Sciences  
We are looking for a motivational and research-oriented manager to lead our department. 
The department consists of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers set up to conduct applied research in Nuclear decommissioning; Modelling and simulation of physical systems; Digital twins; Data science; Artificial intelligence (including machine learning and NLP). Our research/business areas are: Energy; Transport; Smart city; and Industry & Space.  Our current project portfolio has a strong weight on Energy, Transport, and Industry.  
Our portfolio includes large national and international projects on the use of data lake technology, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, and nuclear safety. This includes work on preserving and analysing experimental data collected from hundreds of experiments conducted over 60 years of operation of the Halden reactor. Also, projects on fuels and materials characterisation for decommissioning planning and waste management, and use of robotics in harsh and/or safety-critical environments. We work closely with other departments across IFE as well as within the Digital Systems sector to which we belong, participating in research, design, development, and evaluation of complex digital systems.  
The role involves developing and managing the department and creating an inspiring environment where the best minds can thrive. The department head reports to the director of the sector and participates in the sector’s management team. Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to build strong relationships throughout the organisation. In addition to leading the department, you are expected to participate in or lead projects and conduct your own research. 
  • Education level: PhD, M.Sc., or B.Sc 
  • Research experience that aligns with the department’s research focus
  • Experience from leadership roles in research-based organisations and coordination of research projects
  • Experience from marketing and selling research projects
Prefered profile:
  • A motivational leader. (A good leader that motivates and manages staff effectively, and builds a positive working environment)
  • Customer and sales oriented with an understanding for customer needs
  • Results focussed with an ability to deliver on expectations
  • Team player that brings out the best in our people
  • Ability to find innovative solutions
  • Fluency in English oral and written
Application deadline:
31.august 2021
Senior / Principal Research Scientist in the Human-Centered Digitalization department 

We are looking for Senior to Principal Research Scientists for permanent positions with 100% research activity in the Human-Centered Digitalization (HCD) department.

The mission of the HCD department is to enable humans and organisations to exploit the full potential of emerging technologies and analytics by producing state-of-the-art knowledge on how to develop and adapt technology and organisations based on human strengths and limitations. HCD department’s chief research competence is in the relation and interface between humans and digital systems & the relation between humans and (digital) organisations.

Will you join us? We are growing fast and looking for Senior to Principal Research Scientists with a curious and collaborative attitude who are energized to conduct research for a better future in the research fields of
Human-centred digitalisation; Human-centered artificial intelligence; Organizational psychology and/or Cognitive psychology.
And in our research/business areas:

  • Energy
  • Smart City
  • Transport
  • Industry & Space 

You should have:

  • PhD and research focus in one or more of our research fields. Given our multidisciplinary focus, expertise in more than one of the fields would be advantageous
  • A strong publication record in the last 5-10 years in these research fields
  • Track record of successful grant proposal writing
  • Track record of leading research projects through to success
  • A strong international network
  • You should be fluent in English
  • You should be interested in creating research groups around your research interests and mentoring junior researchers
Prefered profile:
Application deadline:
31.august 2021
Senior / Principal Research Scientists within Risk, Safety & Security