Career

At IFE, Institute for Energy Technology, researchers from over 38 countries work for a better future. Our research reactors have built outstanding expertise for 70 years and enabled us to handle unique projects. They have led to improved nuclear safety in our neighboring countries and around the world, and are also central to the development of cancer drugs and innovative material research in Norway and internationally.
Master- and Phd-students at IFE. Photo: Espen Solli.

We participate in large, international projects, and 40 per cent of IFE’s income comes from international projects. IFE is working with the whole spectrum of energy. Our researchers contribute to the development of next generation of battery technology, lower emissions from oil and gas, zero emissions in the transport sector and better solutions for sun, wind and hydrogen. We produce and develop cancer drugs.

IFE’s workplace is characterized by a good working environment, and offers competitive wages and working conditions. We focus on competence development and are strongly committed to health, environment and safety.

We look for you who are interested in developing your skills together with our employees. You have a desire to work in an international, leading professional environment where there are great opportunities for growth and development. We are dedicated to delivering research that creates changes.

Vacant positions

Position

Location

Application deadline

Research Scientist – Department of Humans and Automation 
Halden 
2020-08-01 
Description:

We are looking for an engaged and inquisitive research scientist with an interest in human-automation interaction to join our growing team!

The Humans and Automation (HA) department is part of the Digital Systems sector at the Institute for Energy Technology in Halden, Norway. In the HA department, we are particularly interested in how technology shapes the world around us, and how technology can change the way humans move through the world. Our focus is primarily on the interaction and teaming between humans and advanced technologies, especially in highly digital and/or complex environments. We are curious about how the advanced technologies work, what effect they have on people in those environments and how interactions between these people and technologies can be improved. Our mission is to better understand these interactions to support the design and development of future digital, automated and even intelligent systems, with the underlying goal of optimizing performance and safety.

We aim to approach the problem space from two different perspectives: (i) understanding what the human needs to know about the technology in order to more effectively interact and collaborate with it; and (ii) understanding what the technology needs to know about the human in order to safely and efficiently interact with them. Our multi-disciplinary team supports our goal of examining problems from these different perspectives. In the HA department, you will work with people who have backgrounds in Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Electronics Engineering and Mechatronics. We have a strong collaboration network across the Digital Systems sector and within IFE, as well as throughout Norway, Europe, North America and Asia. This is facilitated by our involvement in the Halden Reactor Project, and participation in research projects for the Research Council of Norway and the European Union. Our recently established Center for Advanced Sensor and Robotics Research laboratory, and Halden Aerospace Laboratory open up new possibilities for exciting, cutting-edge research and collaboration with our extended partner network.

To strengthen our team and support our research ambitions, we are advertising a full-time position for an engaged and inquisitive research scientist with experience in Human Factors and human-automation interaction. The most important thing for us is that you have an interesting academic background and that you are eager to work in research and development!

The Digital Systems (DS) Sector is a world leader in research, design, development and evaluation of complex digital systems. DS currently employs approximately 85 people in seven research departments.

Qualifications:
  • You have a master's degree or PhD in Human Factors, Cognitive Psychology or another relevant subject.
  • Experience with some or all of the following: human-automation interaction, human-robotics interaction, designing and conducting empirical studies, application of Naturalistic methods, use of future technologies, biometrics, eye-tracking. Industry experience with any of these topics is a plus.
  • Good oral and written English language skills. Norwegian language skills are a plus.
  • We encourage you to submit a cover letter (written in English) outlining your interest in this position, as well as having your full resume (including highlighted publications) as an attachment to your application.
Prefered profile:
  • You are diligent, quality-minded and motivated to solve challenges and find new and interesting areas for research.
  • You are well-organized with an eye for details.
  • You enjoy working with people and collaborating well with colleagues and clients, but are also motivated to work independently.
Location:
Halden
Application deadline:
2020-08-01
Research Scientist in Applied Physics 
Halden 
2020-08-01 
Description:

The Applied Nuclear Sciences Department (ANS) is part of the Digital Systems sector at the Institute for Energy Technology in Halden, Norway. ANS is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of physical scientists and engineers that have been responsible for design, planning, and analysis of nuclear fuel and materials experiments conducted in the Halden research reactor within the OECD-Halden Reactor Project (HRP) and for bilateral customers.

Within the ongoing HRP, the ANS department continues to analyze and ensure preservation of experimental data generated from hundreds of experiments conducted in the Halden reactor over the course of ca. 60 years of operation. In addition, we are leveraging our competence and skills attained from conducting nuclear fuel and materials experiments in the harsh, in-reactor environment, towards other nuclear and non-nuclear fields such as space, robotics, nuclear safeguards, and spent fuel/nuclear waste characterization.

Staff in the ANS department work closely with other departments at IFE and within the Digital Systems sector, participating in research, design, development, and evaluation of physical components which may be integrated into complex digital systems. In-particular we work closely with the recently-established Sensor and Robotics research laboratory. See https://ife.no/en/division/applied-nuclear-sciences/ for more information about the ANS department.

Qualifications:
  • You have a Master’s degree or PhD in Physics, Applied Physics or related field within the physical sciences.
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team to design advanced prototype systems and conduct experiments to evaluate their performance.
  • Experience with applied physics/engineering towards development of physical systems for operation in harsh environments such as nuclear or space.
  • You are skilled with handling and analyzing data. Skills with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence data analysis methods are an advantage.
  • Experience presenting results to customers, and the scientific community, e.g. through peer-reviewed publications and/or at international conferences.
  • Experience in writing research funding proposals is an advantage.
  • Good oral and written English language skills are required. Scandinavian language skills are an advantage.
Prefered profile:
  • You are diligent, quality-minded.
  • You are well-organized with an eye for detail.
  • You are motivated to take on challenges and find new and interesting areas for research.
  • You enjoy working with people and collaborate well with colleagues and clients and you are also motivated to work independently.
Location:
Halden
Application deadline:
2020-08-01
Post doc - offshore wind turbine control systems 
Kjeller 
2020-08-03 
Description:

IFE's Wind Energy Department

  • IFE has had an organization unit with wind energy R&D as primary focus for over 40 years.
  • Offshore wind turbines has been the primary focus the last 12 years.
  • We work closely with both industry, research institutes and universities.
  • We have significant experience with most offshore wind turbine concepts, both bottom fixed and floating.
  • We develop and/or analyze complete offshore wind turbines or their components.
  • We assist engineering, enabling them do what they want themselves.
  • We develop and sell our own state of the art offshore wind turbine simulations software 3DFloat, which is one of the most advanced such tools today.
  • We measure our success by our impact on the offshore wind industry.
  • Our goal is to enable our industry partners to produce new values of a significant magnitude for society.
Qualifications:
  • PhD degree or equivalent competence relevant for the described work on offshore wind turbine controllers
  • Competence within numerical modelling of wind turbines is desirable
  • Competence within programming
  • Very good oral and written English and Norwegian
  • Ability to obtain a Norwegian security clearance
Prefered profile:
  • Ability to work well both independently and in teams
  • Creative, curios and goal driven
Location:
Kjeller
Application deadline:
2020-08-03
PhD candidate in corrosion research 
Kjeller 
2020-08-25 
Description:
We offer a PhD candidate position in the Corrosion Technology Department. The position is fully funded for 3 years and is part of a joint research project between IFE and the University of Stavanger. The PhD student will be affiliated to the University of Stavanger. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and oil and gas companies.
 
You will join a dynamic group focused on applied corrosion research in close cooperation with international oil companies. We are working to assure safe transport of oil, gas and CO2 in pipelines and strive for better models to predict corrosion rates.
 
You will work in a project to expand knowledge on corrosion occurring top-of-the-line in pipelines transporting unprocessed natural gas. Your contribution will involve carrying out lab experiments, setting the results in context with existing knowledge and developing models to predict corrosion rates. The results of the work are planned to be published in peer-reviewed international scientific journals and presented at international conferences in corrosion and materials science.
Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree or MSc in chemistry, physics, materials science or closely related disciplines
  • Knowledge of corrosion or electrochemistry 
  • Experience with characterisation of materials is a plus
  • Experience with tools for modelling chemical and physical processes is a plus
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 for us as a research group and for you as a developing scientist. We focus on delivering technology needed by our partners and by society.
Location:
Kjeller
Application deadline:
2020-08-25
Department Head Human-Centred Digitalization 
Halden 
2020-08-31 
Description:

Department Head: Human-Centred Digitalization
We are looking for a motivational and research-oriented manager to lead our Department of Human-Centred Digitalization.
The Department Head’s 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.

Qualifications:
  • 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. Scandinavian Languages is an advantage.

 We perform background checks as part of our recruitment process

Location:
Halden
Application deadline:
2020-08-31
Department Head Applied Data Science 
Halden 
2020-08-31 
Description:

We are looking for a motivational and business-oriented manager to lead our Department of Applied Data Science.


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.  

Qualifications:
  • Education level: PhD or M.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:
  • An excellent leader that motivates and manages staff effectively, and builds a positive working environment.
  • Customer and sales oriented with an understanding of 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. Scandinavian Languages is an advantage.

  We perform background checks as part of our recruitment process

Location:
Halden
Application deadline:
2020-08-31

Who works at IFE?

IFE's Instagram account presents the people at IFE; "humans of IFE"
IFE’s Instagram account presents the people at IFE; “humans of IFE”

Curious about who works at IFE and what we do? Follow us on Instagram @humansofife. Here we present employees who work in different functions, from researchers and engineers within our various disciplines, to administration and support staff. Our people are our most important resource!

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Master thesis at IFE?

Lab work at IFE

IFE has extensive collaboration with students at master level, and many departments offer guidance and access to experimental facilities at IFE for master students.

You can contact the Department Head or other contact persons with your own suggestions and ideas for a master project. Please find the appropriate contact person on our organization or contact web pages.

See some predefined master projects below and more on our Norwegian page.

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Employee benefits

At IFE, we have employee benefits that will help to assure security, stimulate physical activity and contribute to a good work-life balance.

Your employee benefits:
• Collective pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
• Mortgages through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
• Collective personnel insurance and disability pension and survivor’s pension
• Flexible working hours
• Full salary during parental leave and illness
• Extra day off in connection with Christmas and New Year
• Support for education

In addition, we can offer:
• Corporate sports team and support for fitness center
• Canteen arrangements