PhD Position in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Trondheim, Norway
Tuesday, 17 March 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 6 April 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A PhD position is available at the Center of Quantum Spintronics, which is part of the Department of Physics, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

The candidate will join and become part of an international research environment in quantum condensed matter theory and experiments.

The PhD position has a duration of three years with the possibility of up to one-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.

About QuSpin

QuSpin carries out research in theoretical and experimental fields. QuSpin`s principal goal is to describe, characterize, and develop recently identified quantum approaches to control electric signals, conceptually different from those existing today.

QuSpin, a Center of Excellence, is funded by the Research Council of Norway. QuSpin is managed by a Center Director, a center coordinator and has four principal investigators. See

QuSpin currently has 8 professors, 4 associate professors, 3 permanent researchers, 27 PhD students and 6 postdoctoral researchers from 12 different nations working on various aspects of low dissipation spintronics.

The primary Ph.D. supervisor will be Prof. Justin Wells and the position reports to the head of the Department of Physics, Prof. Erik Wahlström.

Duties of the position

The candidate will join the experimental activities at QuSpin. The project will involve studying electron-phonon interactions in 2D materials and at interfaces, with the ultimate aim to control and enhance superconductivity by independently controlling the available electron and phonon states available in the material/interface. Initially we will focus on understanding graphene and graphene-like materials, with a longer-term aim of applying this knowledge to a broader range of interfaces. In the longer term, we also intend to include electron-magnon interactions (and magnon mediated superconductivity) into the project.

The Ph.D. candidate will primarily make use of our new spin-resolved momentum microscope; a state-of-the-art custom-made instrument which facilitates band structure measurements with good energy, momentum and spatial resolutions, and conjoined with a custom made preparation and growth chamber.  Home measurements will be supplemented by synchrotron techniques whenever necessary.

The candidate is expected to participate in all aspects our home instrument; i.e. contribute to maintenance and upgrades, as well as performing their own measurements and projects, and assisting with the smooth running of the laboratory in general. They are also expected to take a central role in acquiring beamtime, planning and performing synchrotron projects, as well as taking a central role in data analysis and dissemination.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in physics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

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, post doctor and research assistant.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Strong background in condensed matter physics or related areas of quantum physics or nanotechnology. In particular, knowledge of manybody interactions (such as the electron-phonon interaction) is advantageous.
  • Experience and aptitude for experimental research, both for the home lab and for synchrotron-based projects.
  • Practical experience with running, maintaining or setting up experimental equipment and projects, and good problem-solving skills.
  • Competence with data analysis methods is desirable.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

Personal characteristics

  • Actively participates in teams.
  • Contributes to a supportive and friendly working environment.
  • Takes initiative and excels in problem solving.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

We offer

Salary and conditions

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

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in physics, Doktorgradsutdanning (ph.d.) within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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 criteria 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.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

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. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

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

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Justin Wells,  email: 

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number 20/9289 when applying.

Application deadline: 06.04.2020

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Deadline 6th April 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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