PhD Research Fellowship in Oxide Electronics

Trondheim, Norway
14 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The position will be within the area ”Oxide electronics”, with emphasis on density functional theory modelling of non-isotructural functional interfaces and how such interfaces can establish functional properties, in collaboration with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Department of Electronic Systems (IES).

The PhD positions is for up to 4 years with 25% work assignments for NTNU/Department of Electronic Systems.

Job description

The project will focus on density functional theory modelling of functional interfaces of non-isostructural thin films, and how epitaxy and choice of materials can be used to establish functional properties. We are especially interested in establishing how such eutactic interfaces can form and be tailored to control antiferromagnetic properties. The project will be carried out in the oxide electronics group focusing on thin film physics of ferroic materials, complementing ongoing experimental research carried out in the group, in close collaboration with the Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry Research Group at Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in electrical engineering, materials science or physics with a specialization within e.g, physical electronics, ceramic materials, solid state chemistry or materials physics with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates 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, postdoctor and research assistant

Other qualifications

  • Additional experience in density functional theory calculations of perovskite related materials is an advantage.
  • Good written and oral English language skills are required.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language should provide evidence of good written and oral English language skills. The following tests can be used as documentation: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Personal characteristics

  • The successful candidate can take responsibility for progress and can work independently
  • He/she has good communication skills and is able to collaborate with other scientists in the research group

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 449 400 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years with 25% work assignments for NTNU/Department of Electronic Systems. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to a PhD programme at NTNU. See for informationabout PhD studies at NTNU.

As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

Appointment takes place on the terms that apply to State employees at any time, and after the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

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 Thomas Tybell, e-mail  or Assiciate Professor Sverre M. Selbach, e-mail

About the application:

Please submit an application letter describing your motivation, relevant experience, skills and qualifications, along with a CV, publication list, letters of reference and proof of fluency in the English language (if applicable) and certificates from both Bachelor and Master degrees.

Applicants are requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

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 Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters.

Please refer to the application number 2018/6930 when applying.

Application deadline: 11.11.2018

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Department of Electronic Systems 

The digitalization of Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field, and contribute with our expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also vital for addressing important challenges in transport, energy, the environment, and health. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 11.11.2018
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 158895

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