Professor/Associate Professor in Material Science and Engineering, Atom Probe Tomography

Trondheim, Norway
30 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

At the Department of Materials Science and Engineering we have a vacancy for a Professor / Associate Professor in Material Science and Engineering (Atom Probe Tomography).

We are seeking a highly qualified candidate as professor or associate professor. A new state-of-the-art 3D Atom Probe instrument provides unique research opportunities.

The position will strengthen the research profile in materials characterization at the department towards a cross-disciplinary research activity in the field of 3D Atom Probe Tomography (APT) characterization.

The successful applicant will also contribute to teaching on MSc and PhD level in materials science and engineering with focus on materials.

The position reports to head of the department.

Work description

The Department has a variety of well-equipped research laboratories, and we have extensively been funding new experimental infrastructure during the recent years. The department is hosting the Norwegian national centre for Minerals and Materials Characterisation (MiMaC), co-hosting the Norwegian national centre for X-ray diffraction (REXC), in addition to being frequent users of the NTNU NanoLab, another national infrastructure, and NTNUs advanced analytical TEM instruments at the Trondheim node of the National Centre for Transmission Electron Microscopy (NorTEM). Our recently purchased 3D Atom Probe instrument is a part of the MiMaC-lab, and the Department has the ambition to develop a world-leading research environment in the field of APT.

The position is established in connection to the MiMaC national infrastructure and the establishment of an Atom Probe Tomography laboratory. The successful candidate is expected to initiate and coordinate projects to strengthen the existing research areas at the department, preferably within the Physical Metallurgy group, in collaboration with national and international partners and further develop training of BSc, MSc and PhD candidates in atom probe technology. A scientific collaboration with NTNU key users outside our own department (particularly from the departments of Physics and Chemistry) must be expected. The holder of this position will be scientifically responsible for the APT laboratory and related activities.

The position will contribute to teaching basic courses on BSc and MSc level and specialised courses in various electron microscopy and other material characterisation techniques at MSc and PhD level. There will be a specific responsibility for the development of teaching activities applying Atom Probe.

Qualification requirements

The applicant must have well documented scientific competence, preferably with hands-on operation experience of advanced APT instruments. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field and an excellent and relevant track record over the last five years of research. 

The research field of the candidate should contribute to strengthening the already ongoing research in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, preferably within the Physical Metallurgy group. In depth knowledge of other advanced material characterisation techniques will be considered an advantage. 

Applicants should show potential to initiate and develop a strong program of externally funded research and scholarships. Emphasis will be placed on scientific skills, collaboration skills, project management and coordination skills, and experience with supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students.

Evaluation of the applicant will be based on documented material, including teaching experience at university level, pedagogical training, presentation of academic work, experience from supervision of students and PhD candidates, as well as other related skills.

Good communication skills in English,both written and orally, is a neccessity.

Other requirements: 

Employees who do not have formal qualifications in teaching at university level and who cannot provide documentation of equivalent qualifications must complete an approved pedagogical development programme within two years of appointment.

It is a prerequisite that within three years of appointment new employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language can demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three in the course in Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.  

The person appointed must comply with the decisions about changes due to developments in the subject area, and the organizational changes that may result from decisions regarding the university's activities. 

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position. 

Personal characteristics

In the assessment of the best qualified applicant, education, experience and personal suitability will be emphasized, as well as motivation for the position.

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 

Salary and conditions

The position as Professor/Associate Professor is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

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. 

The person appointed must live in a location enabling him/her to be present at and available to the institution.

About the application

The application and description of the academic works to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.  
The application must include: 

  • CV, certificates and diplomas, including list of publications with bibliographical references
  • Name and address of three potential references 
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (max 10 pages) 
  • A brief description of the scientific and technological relevance of the candidate’s research
  • A list of your works with information on where they have been published 
  • Research plan 
  • A brief statement of teaching experience
  • Description of teaching qualifications based on a list of factors ("Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU")  
  • Details of relevant projects for which you have been project manager, with information about funding, duration and size 

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. NTNU wishes to increase the proportion of women in its academic positions, and women are therefore encouraged to apply. 

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 :

Head of Department Jostein Mårdalen, e-mail: phone: (+47) 98283910

Professor Yanjun Li, email:, phone: (+47) 73551206,

Group Leader, Professor Bjørn Holmedal, e-mail:,phone: (+47) 73594904.

Submit your application with your CV, diplomas and certificates via Applicants invited for interview must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with reference number: NV-122/18.

Deadline for applications: 31.01.2019

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Department of Materials Science and Engineering  

We are Norway's leading educational and research environment in materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science.  In collaboration with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes.  Activities in our disciplines are vital for the green shift. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 31.01.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Jobbnorge ID 161078

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