PhD Position in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Trondheim, Norway
Jun 22, 2020
End of advertisement period
Aug 08, 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We seek an outstanding candidate for a PhD position in theoretical condensed matter physics at the Center for Quantum Spintronics (QuSpin) in the Department of Physics, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. The position will start in October 2020, or as agreed.

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.

The appointment involves research under the supervision of Dr. Alireza Qaiumzadeh, and in direct collaboration with theoretical research partners in Adam Mickiewicz University-Poland (Dr. Anna Dyrdał) and QuSpin-NTNU (Prof. Arne Brataas). In this project, we will also have a close collaboration with leading experimental groups in Germany and the Netherlands.

The position is covered within GRIEG, Polish-Norwegian research project: ‘Spin and charge transport in low-dimensional novel quantum materials. The GRIEG is a part of the Basic Research Programme funded by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and operated by the National Science Centre in Poland.

QuSpin is funded by the Research Council of Norway. For more information see

About QuSpin

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

The center currently has 8 professors, 4 associate professors, 3 researchers, 7 postdocs, and 26 PhD candidates from 12 different nations working.

Questions about the position can be directed to Alireza Qaiumzadeh, e-mail:

Duties of the position

The PhD candidate will develop advanced theoretical methods related to none quilibrium quantum transport and many-body properties of novel low-dimensional quantum materials.

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 Nanotechnology, 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

  • A solid background in quantum transport, quantum field theory, many-body theory, and/or topological phases of matter is required.
  • Experience with numerical calculations is an advantage.
  • The successful candidate should be creative, independent, and have a strong ability to work problem oriented.
  • good written and oral English and Norwegian language skills (ta stilling til språkkrav)

Personal characteristics

The prospective candidate should be:

  •     Strongly motivated and ambitious.
  •     Creative and actively contribute to the team.

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.

The period of employment is three years with the possibility of up to one-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in [subject area] (Link to website, if applicable) 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.

The position is external EEA funding.

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

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English (ta stilling til dette)

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. 

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Research plan or project proposal
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to XX works)
  • Name and address of three referees

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.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

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

General information

Working at NTNU

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.

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.

NTNU International Researcher Support (NIRS) offers counselling services for administrative staff and researchers working at or
visiting NTNU. Other services offered by NIRS includes housing, dual-career services, seminars, courses, and social activities for the
international community at NTNU. See

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Alireza Qaiumzadeh , email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Rita Finsland, e-mail:

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 20/16417 when applying.

Application deadline: 08.08.2020

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.

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 8th August 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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