Science Software Engineer Position

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Trondheim, Norway
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 31 July 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We welcome applications for one science software engineer (senior engineer) position at the Department of Physics of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

The selected candidate will join a growing and multifaceted research team funded by the H2020 ERC Consolidator Grant LOVE-NEST (PI: M. Linares). The main focus of the ERC team is the study of compact binary millisecond pulsars, which has an impact on a broad range of science topics (including super-massive neutron stars, nuclear physics, gravitational wave astronomy, cosmic rays, accretion flows and pulsar winds).

The position is permanent, with the first four years funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant and the following years funded by the Department of Physics. The expected start date is December 2021.

About the group and department

The Astrophysics and Particle Physics (APP) Group carries out research in high-energy astrophysics, astroparticle physics and multi-wavelength astronomy, as well as particle physics. Its current scientific interests include compact objects, cosmic ray production, transport and detection, astrophysical neutrinos, active galactic nuclei and quantum chromodynamics.

The APP Group is part of the Department of Physics, which currently employs about 160 people. Its central research areas are materials science, nanoscience, surface physics, modern optics, astrophysics, solar energy, biophysics, and medical technology. Research staff at the Department make a special effort to increase the awareness and understanding of the importance and impact of physics in our society. On average some 2000 NTNU students follow courses at the Department of Physics every year.

Duties of the position

The science software engineer will actively support the research personnel in coding, setting up, running, debugging, optimizing and parallelizing scientific software.

During the first four years the engineer will spend most of the work time on topics related to compact binary millisecond pulsars (aka “spiders”), within the LOVE-NEST team.The engineer is expected to contribute to the development of numerical simulations and computer models to tackle a number of scientific problems from a computational perspective.

Required selection criteria

  • MSc in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science.
  • Proficient and documented knowledge of programming languages (C++, Fortran, Python, shell scripting)
  • Proven Linux system management/administration skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Preferred selection criteria

  • PhD in Astronomy/Astrophysics, Physics, Mathematics or Computer Science.
  • A good publication record in Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Experience in use/development of numerical simulation codes (MHD, SPH)
  • Experience in development of science visualization or Astronomical codes (AstroPy, IDL)

Personal characteristics 

  • Enthusiasm for science
  • Independent
  • Social and collaborative skills (ability to work in a team and contribute to its success)
  • Systematic

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

  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • ample budget for travel, computing equipment and other work expenses
  • access to the computer cluster at the Department of Physics
  • possibility to take part in the scientific research of the Department of Physics

Salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of Senior Engineer code 1181 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
  • List of publications

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 Prof. Manuel Linares , email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Magnus Gautvik, e-mail:

Please submit your application and supporting documentation via If you are invited for interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. 

Application deadline: 31.07.2021

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.

Department of Physics

Our research and teaching are both experimental and theoretical, covering a wide range of disciplines. Our activities contribute to development of new medical technology and to finding solutions for the next generation’s communication technology, energy utilization and development of materials. The Department of Physics is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 31st July 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Institutt for fysikk