Senior Engineer Characterisation

Trondheim, Norway
Monday, 13 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Monday, 17 August 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

NTNU NanoLab in Trondheim has an open permanent position for a senior engineer within nanocharacterisation.  

NTNU is the foremost technical university in Norway and located in Trondheim. NTNU NanoLab is a cleanroom of class 100-10.000 (ISO 5-7) equipped for nanostructuring and –characterisation by physical, chemical and biological methods. The cleanroom is part of NTNU Nano, which is a strategic, cross disciplinary initiative at NTNU to promote and coordinate research in nanoscience, nanotechnology and functional materials. NTNU NanoLab leads the Norwegian national infrastructure for micro- and nanofabrication (NorFab) and is part of the European cleanroom consortium EuroNanoLab as well as the Nordic Nano Network. The cleanroom is a hands-on infrastructure and is open for students, researchers and industry. 

The engineers of NTNU NanoLab are competence holders for the cleanroom and its instrumentation. We have an international, exciting and positive work environment with good opportunities for both professional and personal development. We are looking for a senior engineer to contribute in our nanocharacterisation area, as well as to an operator service covering both nanocharacterisation and micro- or nanofabrication techniques. 

Duties of the position

Our new engineer will mainly work in the nanocharacterisation area of the cleanroom, which is equipped with several SEMs, two dual-beam FIB instruments, an AFM, optical and stylus profilers, a Micro Raman Spectroscopy instrument and several smaller characterisation instruments. The position will contribute to the operator service for nanostructuring and -characterisation currently under development at NTNU NanoLab. 

The position includes:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Repair and maintenance of existing characterisation equipment
  • Procurement and installation of new equipment. 
  • Our new engineer will give instrument training and user support in addition to administrative tasks.  

Required selection criteria

  • Master or PhD in a relevant field. Relevant work experience may compensate for formal education. 
  • At least 3 years relevant work experience, including extensive practical experience with Scanning Electron Microscopy 
  • Ability to work in a structured, independent, and solution-oriented manner  
  • Excellent communication skills in oral and written English.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience in method development for SEM and teaching is highly beneficial. 
  • Experience in servicing and maintaining advanced research equipment, including fault finding and diagnostics, in particular on SEMs, is highly beneficial. 
  • Experience within other micro- and nanocharacterisation techniques (such as AFM, micro Raman Spectroscopy, and XPS) is highly beneficial. 
  • Experience in maintenance and repair of other characterisation equipment is highly beneficial 
  • Experience in micro- or nanofabrication is beneficial, in particular related to biomedical research (e.g. microfluidics, Self-Assembling Monolayers, nanoparticle and polymer synthesis).  
  • Fluency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is highly beneficial. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language are expected to reach level 3 in NTNU’s Norwegian course within 3 years.   

Personal characteristics 

  • The successful candidate is practical, service minded and solution oriented.
  • Team work capability 
  • You wish to optimise and develop the cleanroom workflow and the characterisation equipment performance and share your knowledge with colleagues, cleanroom users and international networks. 
  • You are self-driven and have good co-operation, organisation and prioritisation skills. Personal suitability is of high importance for this position.

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

The gross salary for the position of Senior Engineer code 1087 is remunerated  according to the Norwegian State salary scale, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

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's 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.

About the application

Please note that the application will only be evaluated on the basis of the information available at the expiry of the application deadline. Therefore, make sure that your application clearly shows how your skills and experience meet the criteria described above.

The application must contain:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • name and adress of three references

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

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. 

Under the Freedom of 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 Director NTNU NanoLab, Peter Köllensperger,, or Ken Roger Ervik, Head of Laboratory,   

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: 20/20019

Application deadline: 17.08.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

NTNU NanoLab is a 700 m2 clean room facility opened in 2009 and is a major part of NTNU´s strategic initiative for Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Functional Materials - NTNU Nano. Since then NTNU NanoLab have developed and currently supports the research of more than 70 faculty at NTNU, 250 annual users with 25.000 user hours, of which 10% stem from industry. The NTNU NanoLab staff includes the director, eight service and process engineers and a head of laboratory. The Faculty of Natural Sciences is the host faculty for the NTNU Nanolab.

Deadline 17th August 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Jobbnorge ID 190494

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