PhD Fellowship in Algebraic Topology and Tensor-Triangulated Geometry

Trondheim, Norway
14 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
01 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A PhD fellowship in algebraic topology and tensor-triangulated geometry, supervised by Drew Heard, is available at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at NTNU starting in the fall of 2021. The successful candidate will be offered a three-year position without teaching; the Department may also offer a six- to twelve-month extension as a teaching assistant. The place of employment will be Trondheim, Norway.

Duties of the position

The work will be a part of the Trond Mohn sponsored project ( on tensor-triangulated geometry. The candidates research activities will be expected to align with the goals of this project. The candidate will be a member of the growing geometry and topology group, currently consisting of five permeant members, nine PhD students, and one postdoc, and is expected to participate actively in the group activities. More information about the group can be found here:
The candidate is expected to be flexible in regard to short-term or long-term international research stays.Travelling with respect to conferences, meetings, workshops may be expected as part of the position.

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 Mathematical Sciences 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.

  • Suitable candidates for the PhD positions should have a Master’s degree in Mathematical Sciences.
  • The applicant must satisfy the requirement for entering the PhD program at NTNU (see The admission to a PhD program requires an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the last two years of the Master degree, and C or higher for the Bachelor degree.
  • Strong enthusiasm for learning and teaching mathematics.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Background in algebraic topology and/or triangulated categories is desirable, but not essential.
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

  • Communicates information with clarity and ease, both orally and in writing.
  • Develops considerable expertise over time.
  • Positive, creative, and enthusiastic.
  • Seeks new challenges at work.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

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 with no teaching, but the Department may offer between 6 to 12 months in addition with teaching and other duties.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Mathematical Sciences (see for information about the PhD programme at NTNU) 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 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 the following:

  • CV including information on educational background, any relevant work or teaching experience, and any preprints or publications.
  •  A short research statement describing the candidate’s experience with and interest in the research area and explaining the relevance of the candidate’s background (maximum 1 page).
  • A copy of the master thesis, for those who are near the completion of their degree, or a short summary of the candidate’s plans for the thesis (maximum 1 page).
  • Relevant publications or preprints, if any.
  • Copies of relevant university transcripts and diplomas. Candidates from universities outside Norway are also requested to send a Diploma Supplement or similar documentation, which describes in detail the program of study, the grading system, and the rights to further studies associated with the degree obtained.
  • Contact information for at least two references.
  • Documentation of fluency in the English language.

Other documents that the applicant finds relevant may also be included. We may ask for further documents when necessary during the hiring process. 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. Applicants who have been short-listed will be invited for interviews.

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 Drew Heard, email .

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 2020/34004 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.12.2020.

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

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

Department of Mathematical Sciences 

We are Norway’s largest university environment in mathematical sciences. The Department has a particular responsibility for all basis education in mathematical sciences for engineering and natural science students at NTNU. We focus on long-term basic research and applied research at a high international level. 
Our aim is to meet the society’s needs for mathematical and statistical expertise in business and public administration as well as in the research and education sector.  The Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 1st December 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Place of service Trondheim

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