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Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry, CoE Porous Media Laboratory (PoreLab)


Within PoreLab Center of Excellence, a post-doc position in physical chemistry is available at the Department of Chemistry. The appointment has duration of 2 years.

Information about the Center of Excellence PoreLab

PoreLab is a Norwegian Center of Excellence created in 2017 and situated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and the University of Oslo (UiO)

The Center, which is supported by the Research Council of Norway, is an interdisciplinary Center with joint efforts in theory, computer simulations and experiments, in fundamental and applied directions. The center works to advance the understanding of flow in porous media. The main goal of the center is to develop theories, principles, tools and methods to reduce the trial and error approach to porous media with relevance in biology, chemistry, geology and geophysics based on fluid mechanics, non-equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

Further information about PoreLab can be found here:

Information about the department of Chemistry at NTNU can be obtained here:

Job description

The open post-doc position is available for the development of transport theories for two-phase flow in porous media. The project is related to a new cleaning process for water, where water is passing a membrane in the vapor form, driven by a temperature difference (the MemPower concept).

The successful candidate will be a member of PoreLab junior forum, and preferably be a senior member in the group of postdocs and PhDs, with his/her competence in molecular simulations.


To qualify for the postdoc position, a PhD degree in molecular dynamics simulations is required. Prioritized candidates will be those who are able to document relevant project work and research within the study of non-equilibrium thermodynamics and transport properties in porous media, using large-scale molecular simulators (such as LAMMPS or GROMACS).

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with all the partners in research group and projects are also required. We are looking for a positive and creative personality who can work independently and consistently on the research project. The candidate should be able to take initiative, work goal-oriented, tackle challenges, enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams. The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test (Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)).

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as post doctor.

There is an assumption that the appointee will settle in Trondheim during the period of employment, so that she/he can be present at the institution.

Terms of Employment

 We can offer:

  • Varied and challenging tasks in an international, development-oriented and good working environment
  • Good pension, insurance and loan schemes in the stats pension
  • Salary according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

For more information, contact Professor Signe Kjelstrup, Department of Chemistry, mobile tel. 91897079 or email:

The application

The application should include information of education, exams and relevant experience. The application should also include information on why the applicant considers him- or herself specifically suited for the position. These, publications and all other scientific material that the applicant wants to be considered should be enclosed. Multi-authored publications will be considered but, in case where the impact of the applicant on the publication is not evident, a brief description of the role of the applicant in the work should be enclosed.

Within the application deadline, applicant should submit:

  • The application (in English)
  • A CV (in English)
  • Certified copies of certificates of education and other relevant documents
  • Three referees with e-mail addresses and phone number

The application with enclosures should be submitted electronically via

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-94/18

Application deadline: 2018-10-21

Jobbnorge ID: 157833

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