PhD Position in Nanostructured Thermal Interface Materials

Gløshaugen, Norway
03 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD at Department of Structural Engineering.

NTNU Department of Structural Engineering announces one vacant PhD position in Nanostructured Thermal Interface Materials (NanoTIM) for a period of four years, of which the time equivalent of one year will be spent on duty work at NTNU NanoLab.

The PhD position is financed by NTNU enabling technologies 2019.

Interfaces are everywhere in nature and engineering. Their properties are critical to a variety of processes and systems, from thermal management of electronics, icing of surfaces in Arctic technology to renewable energy applications. When characteristic length scales range from microscale to nanoscale, a major interface thermal resistance (ITR) arises, and is intertwined and inherently coupled with other interface properties. Hereby the PhD project NanoTIM aims to control and optimize ITR across interfaces between metal and polymer by thermal interface materials (TIM). The project plans to bring nanostructured graphitic and nitride materials to interface, explore the thermal and mechanical bridging potentials, and provide TIM-based prototypes of stress-tolerating and long-lasting metal-polymer interfaces. Such an activity is central to the design of advanced multifunctional nanocomposites, next generation anti-icing materials and high efficiency thermoelectric devices.

The position reports to Professor Jianying He

Job description

  • The PhD candidate will work in the research group NTNU Nanomechanical Lab (NML) with Prof. Jianying He as main supervisor. NML currently has 2 professors, 2 adjunct professors from national industry, 14 PhD students, 3 postdocs working on diverse topics related to nanomechanics and interface mechanics. NML offers multicultural, multidisciplinary and stimulating working environment with weekly Friday seminars given by either internal team members or international speakers, as well as well-established national and international scientific and industry network.
  • In addition, the successful applicant will work for NTNU NanoLab for the time equivalent of one year out of the four-year appointment. The work at NTNU NanoLab will include process development & documentation, fabrication, characterisation, user training and other tasks relevant to the NanoLab. The candidate will gain experience in teaching and training of users as well as in various advanced nanofabrication and characterisation tools available at NTNU NanoLab ( .

Qualification requirements

PhD candidate:

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 nanotechnology, material physics, material science, applied mechanics,  or equivalent education 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

  • Good English skills, spoken and written, 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

  • motivated and ambitious students with excellent grades
  • ability to work both individually and in a team environment and a high level of personal responsibility
  • excellent communication skills in scientific writing and oral presentation
  • eager to disseminate research results through publications and presentations at international conferences.

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 (approximately 47000 Euro) before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4years with 25 % required duties.  Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Engineering     

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

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 Prof. Jianying He, phone number +47 7359 4686, 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 IV-148/19 when applying.

Application deadline: 30.04.19

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Department of Structural Engineering

We teach mechanical engineering, engineering and ICT, and civil and environmental engineering. The Department conducts internationally leading research and participates in several large national research projects. The Department of Structural Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 30.04.2019
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen

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