Postdoc in Quantum Condensed Matter Theory

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Trondheim, Norway
09 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
09 Aug 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

We are looking for a postdoctoral candidate with expertise in theoretical quantum condensed matter to work on challenges related to superconducting quantum spintronics. The position will start late 2020/early 2021, with some flexibility for negotiation with the candidate.

A position is available as postdoctoral researcher at the QuSpin Center for Quantum Spintronics, which is part of the Department of Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

The candidate will join and become part of an internationally leading research environment in quantum condensed matter theory and experiments.

The position has a duration of two years with the possibility of extension in return for teaching duties in agreement with the department.

About QuSpin

  • QuSpin carries out research in theoretical as well as experimental fields. QuSpin`s principal goal is to describe, characterize, and develop recently identified quantum approaches to control electric signals, conceptually different from those existing today.
  • QuSpin, a Center of Excellence, is funded by the Research Council of Norway. QuSpin is managed by a Center Director, a center coordinator and has four principal investigators. See
  • QuSpin currently has 8 professors, 4 associate professors, 4 permanent researchers, 26 PhD students and 7 postdoctoral researchers from 12 different nations working on various aspects of low dissipation spintronics.
  • The project leader will be Dr. Sol H. Jacobsen, and the position reports to the head of the Department of Physics, Prof. Erik Wahlström.
  • Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Sol H. Jacobsen, phone number: +47 73413127, e-mail:

Duties of the position

  • At QuSpin, our theory activity focuses on developing models for the utilization of spins and other quantum degrees of freedom in magnetic insulators, topological insulators, and superconductors. The candidate will contribute to these developments, with a particular focus on the theory of superconducting and magnetic materials.
  • The aim is to harness the coherent spin information of superconductivity in novel systems for information transfer in spintronics.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in [subject area] or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

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.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Competence in quantum condensed matter physics or a related area of quantum physics/nanotechnology is a requirement.
  • Competence in the theory of superconductivity and/or quantum information will be advantageous.
  • Competence in numerical modelling will be needed.
  • Good written and oral English language skills are required.

Personal characteristics

  • Actively participates in teams.
  • Contributes to a supportive and friendly working environment.
  • Takes initiative and excels in problem solving.

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2 years, with the possibility of negotiating an extension in return for performing teaching duties for the department. The starting date is somewhat negotiable around the start of 2021.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 542 400 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 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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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

About the application

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:

  • A cover letter outlining your research goals and how your experience complements the goals of QuSpin.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • Your CV
  • Diplomas and Certificates
  • A publication list including citation rates according to Web of Science. Highlight up to five of the most significant and relevant publications.
  • Any other academic work you would like to be considered in the evaluation. 

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

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.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Torill Elise Ovid/ Rita Finsland, e-mail: /

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 XXX when applying.

Application deadline: 09.08.2020

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Physics

Our research and teaching are both experimental and theoretical, covering a wide range of disciplines. Our activities contribute to development of new medical technology and to finding solutions for the next generation’s communication technology, energy utilization and development of materials. The Department of Physics is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 9th August 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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