Post Doctor Position in Transmission Electron Microscopy and Diffraction

Trondheim, Norway
09 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a Post Doctor position at the Department of Physics

A postdoc position is available at the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. The position has a duration of 4 years and is co-financed by EU and NTNU. The postdoc has a special responsibility for the NTNU part of the EU project ESTEEM3.

Information about the research group and ESTEEM3

The transmission electron microscopy activity at NTNU is centered around the TEM Gemini Centre and the national infrastructure NORTEM. Our research extends through various fields of solid state physics and materials technology, from cooperation with industry on aluminum, to third generation solar cells and novel nanomaterials. The Centre has three TEM instruments, ranging from a double-corrected JEOL ARM installed in 2013 to the conventional LaB6 all-round instrument.

ESTEEM3 is a recently granted INFRARIA Horizon2020 project, and focuses on developing and expanding advanced TEM techniques and providing transnational access (TA) to advanced TEM for academic and industrial users across Europe. The ESTEEM3 objective is to deliver TEM access to users coming from a wider range of disciplines. Directed research programs involving the academic and industrial partners of the consortium focus on methodology development in for example imaging and diffraction, spectroscopy and on advancing applied research on different materials for the benefit of European scientists and industry. The postdoc position will be involved in the TA activities in Trondheim, and will do research and developments within the work package on materials for transportation.

The position reports to the Head of Department Erik Wahlström

Job description

The main activities of the postdoc will include:

  • Perform various types of TEM experiments and techniques on different instruments and sample preparation for a variety of samples that TA users supply for investigation in Trondheim through ESTEEM3.
  • Do advanced data processing and image analysis of experimental data, for instance using the Python packages.
  • Implement recent developments in TEM including the application of 3D imaging techniques, correlated electron diffraction phase and orientation mapping, combined with compositional analysis and in-situ studies of materials for transport (mostly light metals).
  • Develop methodologies for the detailed characterization of microstructural changes in materials for transport during thermomechanical processing and manufacturing.
  • Foster collaborative work both inside and outside NTNU, towards both academic and industrial relations.
  • Supervise and guide MSc and PhD students in the TEM group.
  • Publish in quality journals and present work at national and international workshops and conferences.

Qualification requirements

Postdoctoral fellow:

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in physics, materials technology or a closely related field or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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

Other qualifications requirements:

  • At least 5 years of hands-on experience with TEM.
  • We seek a person with a solid experimental background and interest in materials and applied sciences.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with relevant sample preparation techniques for transmission electron microscopy, such as focused ion beam (FIB) and conventional TEM specimen preparation routines
  • Knowledge and practical experience with relevant data handling, image analysis and basic programming (f.ex. Python, scripting in Digital Micrograph, Matlab etc)
  • Hands-on experience with aberration corrected (scanning) transmission electron microscopy
  • Demonstrated expertise in HAADF-STEM, EDX and EELS.
  • An excellent record of quality publications in international journals
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Preferred starting date: January 2019.

Personal characteristics

We are looking for a:

  • highly motivated
  • quality oriented
  • conscientious
  • creative
  • young and independent scientist who should enjoy interdisciplinary research, be interested in team work and developing networks with other researchers

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

Postdoctoral candidates are remunerated in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 515 200 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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. 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 Randi Holmestad, phone: +47 48170066, 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-105/18 when applying.

Application deadline: 20. nov. 2018

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 20.11.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scopen Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service Gløshaugen

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