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Life Science PhD Research Fellowship

3 Year PhD Research Fellowship In Life Science at NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research

Interested candidate can Apply For Life Science PhD Research Fellowship position, if they are eligible. Read full notification before apply

Life Science PhD Research Fellowship
Life Science PhD Research Fellowship



NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research


Lillestrøm, Skedsmo (NO)


Salary is competitive.

Position Type

Full Time

Job Type

PhD Fellowship

Organization Type


Closing date

7 July 2023

About the position

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD research fellowship position at the Climate and Environmental Research Institute NILU in association with The Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo (Norway). The PhD research fellow will be part of the Norwegian Research Council (NFR)-funded project REWARD project (Efficient Recycling of E-Waste through Automated and Intelligent Resource Dataflow) led by NILU in collaboration with two other research institutes, seven industrial partners and producer responsibility organizations along the value chain of electronics in Norway.

The main objective of REWARD is to provide an integrated information infrastructure, that aims at systematically identifying reusable and recyclable materials in e-waste products while determining the associated social, environmental, and economic (SEE) dimensions of circularity interventions. In this project, data on e-waste generation and e-waste resources, along with SEE parameters will be fed to the integrated information infrastructure to facilitate automated data sharing and identifying optimal e-waste resources recycling options among e-waste actors.

PhD project objectives

The PhD project will focus on (a) characterization e-waste material composition, (b) classification of valuable resources and chemicals of concern (CoC), and (c) identification of optimal processes for recovery of valuable resources and CoC. The recovery efficiency of resources will be estimated based on the quantity of e-waste generation, collected and processed in Norway to assess the effectiveness of current e-waste management practices for different product component and elements, including critical raw materials (CRM). Indicators will be developed to assess the reusability and recyclability of various product components containing CRM. The environmental and socio-economic impact of different waste management practices will be analyzed to assess and identify optimal options for reuse and recovery of secondary raw materials based on the best available technologies in Europe.

It is expected that the candidate work closely with project’s industrial partners to understand the challenges and stakeholders’ need in sharing data and information along the value chain of electronics to improve the efficiency of recovery of valuable resources, especially CRM.

The PhD project is planned to address the following objectives:

  • Identifying material composition, valuable resources and CoC in electronics and e-waste
  • Identifying the fate and quantifying of materials in the waste stream
  • Defining circularity indicators for different elements and secondary raw materials based on established guidelines
  • Assessing social, economic, and environmental (SEE) impacts of e-waste management processes for recovering different materials from e-waste
  • Identifying feasible circular

Qualifications and experience

  • Candidates should have equivalent of master’s degree in chemistry, material sciences, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, materials and/or industrial engineering
  • Knowledge on substance flow analysis (SFA) and life cycle assessment (LCSA) is desired.
  • Experience with data analysis, statistical analysis and data modeling is desired.
  • Excellent communication skills and scientific writing in English
  • Good professional attitude to work in a multidisciplinary project

The evaluation considers many aspects of excellence, as well as the personal drive and organizational skills. The candidate is expected to work closely with another PhD candidate in this project who will work on data interpretation, integration and building of the information infrastructure.

Admission requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English evt. and a Scandinavian language.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD program must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

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We offer

At NILU, we work for our common future. Our research contributes to the fight against climate change and to secure a healthy environment and a sustainably society. This means that work is more than just work: what we do each day makes a difference.

We offer flexible working hours, work-from-home agreements, subsidised fitness training, and excellent pension and insurance schemes. Salary is competitive.

During a working day at NILU, you will encounter:

  • An international and interdisciplinary environment with pleasant colleagues from all over the world
  • Great creativity and generous sharing of knowledge
  •  Broad experience and excellent opportunities for professional development
  • A global network of partners

Most of our approximately 180 employees work at the main office in Kjeller, a short train ride from Oslo. We also have an office in Tromsø and one in Trondheim.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter - statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Master’s degree diploma
  • Copies of the transcripts of records
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Copies of 2-3 letters of recommendation

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system at JobbNorge (please follow the link “Søk stillingen”). Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. 

The deadline for the application is July. 22. 2023, with starting the position expected to be no later than Dec. 01. 2023.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Golnoush Abbasi (Project PI) at, Dr. Cristina Guerreiro (Department Director) at, Prof.  Knut Breivik at (PhD Supervisor), and Prof. Amirhosein Taherkordi (Project co-PI and co-supervisor) at