PhD Research Fellow in Materials Physics

Expiring today

Trondheim, Norway
Friday, 6 December 2019
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 26 January 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time


About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD Research fellow at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

A PhD research fellow position in the field of functional ferroelectric materials is available. The PhD project is part of our initiative to develop advanced 2D materials for next-generation nanotechnology. Using state-of-the-art scanning probe microscopy, the PhD candidate will explore the nanoscale properties of ferroelectric domains and domain walls with a special focus on uniaxial ferroelectrics. This class of materials displays a wide range of unusual and fascinating physical phenomena, holding great potential for future technologies and the transition from nano- to atomic-scale electronics.

Further details about our research in the field can be found in our recent publication; see, e.g., Nature Materials 16, 622 (2017) and Nature Nanotechnology 13, 1028 (2018). Additional information about scientific activities and the research team can be found here:

For additional information about the position, please contact: Professor Dr. Dennis Meier, e-mail:

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD degree.

Background and experience in scanning probe microscopy and/or functional oxides are desired. We search for a person that is creative, innovative and can work independently. The person we are searching for has good communication skills and enjoys collaborating with other PhD candidates and international researchers. In addition, the ideal candidate should speak Norwegian or a Nordic language and be motivated to contribute to teaching at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (all applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English).

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 PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years with 25 % teaching duties. (To undertake the teaching duties, it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language). Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme.. 

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criterias in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Dennis Meier, e-mail

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number NV-119/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 26.01.2020

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering  

We are Norway's leading educational and research environment in materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science.  In collaboration with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes.  Activities in our disciplines are vital for the green shift. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 26th January 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary

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