PhD Research Fellowship in Computational NanoPhysics

Trondheim, Norway
19 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
02 Dec 2020
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A position as a PhD Research Fellow in Computational NanoPhysics is available at the Department of Physics, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim. The position is financed by the European Union and NTNU. The project is associated with the European Union Future and Emerging Technology Project (FET-Open) project Nanolace (www., which began 1. January 2020. The aim of the Nanolace project is to use matter wave beams for mask based lithography with nanometer resolution.

The position reports to Prof. Ingve Simonsen as the main scientific supervisor of the research.

Duties of the position

The work of the Postdoctoral Research Fellow is centered around further theoretical development and numerical testing of a near field binary holographic technique that we have developed  (see e.g. for the design of masks for shaping matter waves for the purpose of using them in lithographic applications. The development of the mask structures, including the parameters defining them, will be done in close collaboration with experimental partners. Based on the designs proposed by the PhD Research Fellow, other partners in the project will manufacture the mask structures and evaluate their pref romance in the laboratory. Work on code optimization, parallelization and use of High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructures are expected. There will also be the possibility to work on various aspects of wave and atom scattering problems.

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 physics or equivalent education 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.

Persons with knowledge within computational physics, scientific computing, and wave scattering are particularly encouraged to apply. Strong programming skills are considered important for the position. Applicants are required to justify their candidateship by explicitly explaining their personal motivation and academic aptitude for pursuing a doctoral degree within this research field.

Excellent English skills, written and spoken, are required. Applicants from non-European countries where English is not the official language must present an official language test report. The following tests can be used as such documentation: TOEFL, IELTS or 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 A or B.

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.

Qualification requirements:

  • Master’s degree in computational or theoretical physics, optics or electrical engineering.
  • Good knowledge of programming languages like modern Fortran, Julia, Python and/or C/C++ is required (knowledge should be documented in the application). 
  • Proficiency in both oral and written communication skills in English is required
  • The candidate will be expected to be able to take up the position on 1-Apr-2021 at the latest, an earlier starting date is possible.
  • The candidate will participate in teaching of physics courses and should therefore have a keen interest in teaching

Preferred selection criteria

  • Candidates with a background in computational physics  and/or scattering theory will be preferred
  • Background in scientific computing and in particular scattering theory and scattering calculations are desired
  • Knowledge and experience in numerical solution of integral equations is an advantage

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, computational know-how, experience and personal suitability, as well as motivation, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement.

Personal characteristics

  • Be scientifically curious and open to new research challenges
  • The applicant must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Personal and human interaction skills will be included in the evaluation. Ambition and potential will also count as part of the candidate assessment

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 4 years, including 25% compulsory teaching duties at the Department of Physics.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Physics ( 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 (or Norwegian).

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 including a description of scientific interests and the motivation for applying for the position (max. 2 pages)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2--3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Documentation of your knowledge of programming languages and experience in scientific computing
  • Documentation of English proficiency (if needed)

The top ranked applicants will normally be called for an interview.

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 Prof. Ingve Simonsen, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Linda Marie Hansen, 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 20/40054 when applying.

Application deadline: 02 December 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 2nd December 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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