PhD Research Fellowship within Ferroelectric Domain Wall for Nanoelectronics

Trondheim, Norway
13 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
16 Nov 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

Two PhD positions are available at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The goal is to develop ferroelectric domain walls for nanoelectronics with a focus on neuromorphic circuitry. To enable these domain walls as building blocks for nanoscale circuitry and to replicate the functionality of biological synapses, a deep understanding of their local physics and chemistry is necessary. The goal of this pioneering project is to combine electronic structure calculations and experimental measurements to develop new concepts for powerful and ultra-low energy consuming electronics for a more sustainable future.

In addition to these two positions, one postdoctoral fellowship is also announced, and will be dedicated to the same project which is funded by a Research Council of Norway FRIPRO grant. This project builds on more than a decade of experience with domain wall research. Examples of our recent research can be found in our publications, e.g. Nature Nanotechnology 13, 1028 (2018) and Physical Review Research 2, 033159 (2020). The PhD students will be a part a larger group of PhD students and post docs working on domain walls and nanoelectronics within the Functional Materials and Materials Chemistry Research Group (FACET -

Duties of the position

We are seeking two PhD students to join our team of experimental and computational scientists. One of the positions will mainly focus on scanning probe microscopy (SPM) characterization of domain walls, exploiting the capabilities of our state-of-the-art SPM laboratory. The other position will be dedicated to performing density functional theory (DFT) calculations on domain walls to understand their structure, mobility and electrical transport properties. The PhD students will collaborate closely with more experienced experimental and computational scientists in our group. The PhD students should hold, or soon obtain, master’s degrees or equivalent within the field of materials science, materials chemistry or solid-state physics.

For information about the positions, please contact: Professor Sverre M. Selbach, e-mail: or Professor Dennis Meier, e-mail:

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, materials chemistry or solid-state physics, 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.

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.

Required selection criteria

  • The candidate must have, or complete before the summer of 2021, a master’s degree in the field of materials science, materials chemistry or solid-state physics.
  • Excellent written and oral English language skills as well as presentation skills are required.

Personal characteristics

  • The successful candidates can take responsibility for progress and can work independently.
  • The candidates have good communication skills and are able to collaborate closely with other members of the research group.
  • The candidates must be diligent and able to show initiative on behalf of their own work.

In the evaluation of which candidates are best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, 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 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 period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in materials science 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.

The position is subject to external funding by the Research Council of Norway.

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

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:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees

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 position, please contact Professor Sverre M. Selbach, e-mail: or Professor Dennis Meier, 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 NV-103/20 when applying.

Application deadline: 16.11.20

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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 16th November 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime (2 jobs)
Duration Temporary
Jobbnorge ID 194459

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