MR Physics Staff Scientist

Øya, Norway
07 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

Construction has begun on the Norwegian 7T MR Center in Trondheim, which will open in spring 2020. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) will host the center, which will be part of the national infrastructure in neuroscience, NORBRAIN, headed by Nobel laureate Professor Edvard Moser at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience, NTNU. The primary focus for the 7T Center will be brain imaging for neuroscientific research, but it will also serve several additional objectives, both in the brain and in other body regions. Clinical use of the 7T scanner will be handled by St.Olavs University Hospital HF, and NTNU and St.Olavs Hospital are in the process of putting together a team of dedicated personnel for the 7T MR Center.

The 7T Center will be localized in the area of St.Olavs Hospital. The imaging facilities at NTNU/St.Olavs Hospital also include PET/MR and 3T MR scanners as well as strong research activities in pre-clinical MR. The MR community in Trondheim consists of large group of researchers and clinicians from NTNU and St.Olavs Hospital working together in highly multidisciplinary projects, covering background and competence within MR-physics, medicine, neuroscience,  psychology, mathematics, computer science and engineering. This environment offers a unique combination of research and method development.

The main focus for this particular position is to facilitate and interface the research projects at the 7T MR Center. As part of the core staff at the center, the Staff Scientist will become the key person in supporting the center’s 7T MR research users. This will involve many different tasks, with focus on optimization of scan-protocols, pulse sequence development, data acquisition, processing and analysis, and discussion of results. The Staff Scientist will also be encouraged to develop new techniques and produce research output.

This position is a permanent, full time (100%) position with a preferred start date of September 2019.

Job description

  • Provide MR physics services to the research users, including sequence programming, protocol optimization, data acquisition, processing and analysis
  • Some maintenance and service tasks (software installations, upgrades, auxiliary MR equipment, data storage etc.)
  • Training and education of users
  • Some administrative duties
  • Interface with the clinical users of 7T MR and facilitate new clinical applications in close collaboration with staff at St.Olavs Hospital

Qualification requirements

  • M.Sc. in physics, biophysics, biomedical engineering or equivalent
  • Experience from working in an interdisciplinary team and being a team player
  • Experience in MRI research and development, ideally in human brain imaging
  • MR physics competence, ideally within ultra-high field
  • Programming skills, ideally within MR sequence development
  • Fluent in English, both written and oral

Desired qualifications 

  • PhD in physics or engineering using MRI
  • Experience in Siemens IDEA sequence development environment
  • Experience from RF pulse design, SAR simulations and pTX
  • Experience with MR data analysis in neuroscience research
  • Experience in database handling

Personal characteristics 

  • Takes initiative and is independent
  • Highly collaborative and with good communication skills
  • Creative and with strong problem-solving skills
  • Service minded
  • Enjoys a fast-paced working environment
  • Is accurate and solution oriented

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

The gross salary for the position of Senior Engineer code 1181 is normally remunerated at gross from NOK 505 800 –607 700 before tax per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. 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.

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. 

Please submit your application electronically using the appropriate link in Applicants will only be assessed on the information submitted and it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure everything is submitted by the deadline of 22nd April 2019.

Please complete the online application form, the applicant’s personal qualification and motivation for applying for the specific position must also be mentioned in the cover letter. In addition, the following pdfs must be attached: 

  • Relevant transcripts and diplomas, including diploma supplement 
  • Short statement from a former supervisor/tutor/teacher 

For further information about the position, please contact:

Project Manager Pål Erik Goa, e-mail:

For further information regarding the application process, please contact:

HR Consultant Sissel Sollien, mobile phone: + 47 48 05 11 91, e-mail:

Application deadline: 22.04.2019

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Deadline 22.04.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Trondheim, Øya