University of Bergen (UIB)

Researcher position in catalytic hydrodeoxygenation of biomass

University of Bergen (UIB)

Bergen, Norway

Research scientist 

There is a vacancy for a researcher position in catalysed upgrading of lignin-based biomass at the Department of Chemistry ( The position is for a period of 2 years and is associated with the project “Renewable aromatic hydrocarbons for fuel blending from lignin by novel homogenous catalysis” – ENERGIX, funded by the Research Council of Norway.

About the project/work tasks:

  • The project aims to develop transition-metal catalysts for selective reduction (hydrodeoxygenation) of lignin-based compounds to aromatics for renewable fuels and chemicals. The candidate will design, synthesize, and test heterogenized organometallic fragments on metal oxides as catalysts. This experimental work will be complemented by project members studying the catalytic reduction mechanism using computational methods, with the goal being that synergy between the experimental and computational work will accelerate the development of new catalysts.
  • The successful candidate will be integrated in a team including PhD and Bachelor/Master students, meaning that she/he will have the opportunity to develop leadership and supervision. 

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within chemistry, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Solid background from synthesis, characterization and performance-analysis of heterogenized catalysts is required. This experience (techniques, level of experience, etc.) must be clearly specified and documented in the application.
  • Experience with organometallic chemistry and/or surface organometallic chemistry is a strong advantage, as is experience in synthesis of metal particles and handling of continuous flow reactors.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently, and to conduct laboratory work in a structured, responsible, and safe manner.
  • Applicants must also be able to cooperate with others, be enthusiastic for research, and have a high work capacity.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in English, are required.
  • Demonstrated experience in communication of scientific results to broad, non-specialist audiences is an advantage.

Research experience, ambitions and potential will count in the evaluation, as will personal and relational qualities. 

We can offer:

  • A strong and professionally challenging work environment
  • Salary at pay grade 59 (code 1109 / pay range 24, alternative 3) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This currently constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 523 200. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. Further promotions are made according to length of service.
  • 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.
  • The names and contact information of two referees. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV.
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Up to five relevant publications.

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 Dr. Erwan Le Roux, Phone +47 55589491, E-mail:

Professor Vidar R. Jensen, Phone +47 55583489, E-mail:

A more detailed description of the position is available here.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Balance in terms of age and gender among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

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.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

About The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

There are seven departments and several centres at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments. 

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Quote Reference: R343066