PhD Research Fellow Position, Liquid Solid Interaction of Piezoelectric Ceramics

Trondheim, Norway
26 May 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We are announcing a PhD research fellow position in the Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry group (FACET) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). FACET is a vibrant group within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering concerned with research topics from active biomedical ceramics to functional topological systems, utilizing methodologies from synchrotron diffraction to density functional theory:

The main scope of the open PhD research position is the synthesis and characterization of piezoelectric ceramics intended for biomedical applications. Investigations will focus on chemical interactions occurring at solid-liquid interfaces mimicking in-vivo scenarios, their impact on the piezoelectric functionality and long-term reliability of the ceramic systems.

The position is embedded in and financed through the Nano2021 project “EPIC - Self-sufficient Electromechanical Implants: Enabling Piezoelectric Functionality for in vivo Devices”, which involves collaboration partners both at NTNU, in Austria and Germany.

The candidate must hold a university degree (Master of Science or equivalent) in Materials Science and Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Materials Chemistry/Physics or equivalent.

The desired background and experience include

  • synthesis of inorganic materials and ceramics processing
  • characterization of piezoelectric and mechanical properties
  • experience with electron microscopy and XRD
  • a good understanding of defect chemistry

We search for a person that is creative, innovative and can work independently. The applicant should have good communication skills and must be able to collaborate with other researchers within this project as well as within the department. Parts of the work will be performed at our collaborating institutions in Germany and Austria and extended research visits to these institutions are planned. Being fluent in both spoken and written English is a prerequisite.

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Materials Science and Engineering or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Materials Science and Engineering ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

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, post doctor and research assistant.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The PhD research fellow position is set to start at the 01.11.2020 and will run for 3 years. Women are especially encouraged to apply. Currently, the proportion of women in PhD researcher positions in FACET is 39 %.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Materials Science and Engineering ( within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV (including education, previous positions, scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Master degree diploma and transcripts of records
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Names and contact details of 2 references

The cover letter should include a statement about the applicants experience in the following topics:

  • Synthesis of ceramics
  • Piezoelectric and mechanical characterization techniques
  • Characterization of crystal structures
  • Reliability testing

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

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. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

For more information about the position please contact: Associate Professor Julia Glaum,

Information about the department and the research group can be found online at: &

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number NV-67/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 30.06.2020

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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 30th June 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 187746