Associate Professor within Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Angular

Trondheim, Norway
01 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A position as Associate Professor is available at the Center of Excellence QuSpin (Center for Quantum Spintronics) which is part of the Department of Physics, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. The research area of the vacant position is experimental study of electronic structure using angular resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The position will be hired as a permanent Associate Professor position, with possibilities for applying for promotion to full professor level. 

The candidate will join and an excellent international research environment in quantum condensed matter theory and  experiments.

About QuSpin

QuSpin carries out research in theoretical as well as experimental condensed matter physics. QuSpin’s principal goal is to describe, characterize, and develop recently identified quantum approaches to control electric and spin signals, conceptually different from those existing today. A central aspect of QuSpin is to foster fruitful collaborations between theorists and experimentalists working within the Center.

The Center of Excellence QuSpin is funded by the Research Council of Norway. QuSpin is managed by a Center Director and has four principal investigators. See

QuSpin currently has 9 professors/associate professors, 2 researchers, 27 PhD students and 7 postdoctoral researchers from 13 different nations working  on various aspects of low-dissipation spintronics.

Duties of the position

The candidate will develop an independent and innovative research program within the area of experimental studies of many-body effects in electronic structure using angularly resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES), including spin-resolved ARPES. The Center has recently completed the purchase of and installation of excellent inhouse facilities for such studies.

The candidate will:

  • Perform research that fits within the vision of the QuSpin Center of Excellence.
  • Initiate a vigorous research program with international visibility in the domain of electronic structure using angular resolved photoemission spectroscopy, preferably (but not limited to) spin-resolved studies.
  • Carry out research of excellent quality resulting in publications in international peer review journals in the field mentioned above.
  • Secure fundamental-, strategic-, and applied projects at the national and European/international level.
  • Be responsible for teaching, supervision of students within physics and together with other faculty members. Both specialized courses at master level and general courses in physics at bachelor level.
  • Be expected to supervise master students, research fellows and doctoral candidates in your discipline.
  • Collaborate with other academic staff to administrate, manage and develop the Department and initiate individual and collaborative research, teaching and outreach activities. 

Required selection criteria

The position of Associate Professor within condensed matter physics requires that you meet the criteria in the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts section 1-4. 

  • A PhD in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
  • Research activity, output and plans must demonstrate an independent research profile and the ability to initiate research in the field of electronic structure measurements of condensed matter systems using ARPES .
  • There must be a strategic match of your research plans with QuSpin, with emphasis on studying many-body physics within the scope of QuSpin.
  • Experience and background that ensures solid governance the development of a smooth day-to-day operation of an advanced ARPES / surface science instrument suite.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

You must document relevant basic competence for teaching and supervision at university/higher education-level, ref. Regulations. If this cannot be documented, you are required to complete an approved course in university teaching within two years of commencement. NTNU offers qualifying courses. 

It is a prerequisite that within three years of appointment, new employees who do not speak a Scandinavian language can demonstrate skills in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language equivalent to level three in the course for Norwegian for speakers of other languages at the Department of Language and Literature at NTNU.

Please see the Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts for general criteria for the position.

Preferred selection criteria

  • A proven track record of working with spatially resolved and spin-resolved ARPES instruments and data. 
  • A proven track record of attracting external funding.
  • An international network in academic research relevant to the department and the position.
  • Experience with independent teaching and supervision from at least one academic institution.
  • Participation in the development of educational quality in a work environment.
  • Fluency in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.

Personal characteristics

  • You have a strong motivation for fulfilling and developing the roles of research, education and innovation of the University.
  • You have a natural drive towards initiating and building professional relationships and networks.
  • You are able to think strategically and work systematically to reach goals.
  • Actively contribute in teams.
  • Have personal skills such as a positive and friendly attitude.
  • Be contributing to a sustainable social environment

We offer 

  • The possibility to develop condensed matter physics at the major national technical university in Norway.
  • A high standard of infrastructure at the department, access to the state-of-the-art national nano- and microfabrication facilities in the same building.
  • The possibility to join one of the major departments within physics in Norway hosting the premier physics educations and Nano technology education programmes in Norway
  • Exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment 
  • An open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues 
  • Favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund 
  • employee benefits 

Salary and conditions

In a position as Associate Professor comes with a starting package for new research staff, opportunities for mentoring and is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension 

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 that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

Application Process

You can find more information about working at NTNU and the application process here.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation 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.

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 application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • A teaching portfolio, in which your teaching competence is compiled and presented systematically,  (See guidelines for applicants: Documentation of teaching qualifications in applications and appointments to academic positions at NTNU
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 works)
  • A description of the academic/artistic works that you regard as most relevant and that you particularly want to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three references
  • Research plan (maximum 10 pages including references)
    • One section with maximum 3 sentences describing your research field/ goal.
    • Maximum two pages outlining your background within the field and your contribution to the state of the art.
    • Maximum three pages research plan outlining your long term (10 year) research goals, sketching funding scenarios for reaching them.
    • Maximum six pages short term research plan with a 3-5 year perspective
  • A list of your previous works, with details on where they have been published 
  • Details of teaching qualifications based on "Documentation of applicant’s teaching qualifications in connection with appointment to an academic position at NTNU”
  • Details of projects for which you have served as project manager, including information on financing, duration, and scope 

Joint work will also be considered. If it is difficult to identify your specific input to a group project, you must include a brief description of your participation.  

In the assessment of the best-qualified applicant, we will emphasize education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position. You will be expected to deliver high-quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and undertake supervision of Masters and Doctoral candidates. Evaluation of these skills will be based on documented experience and relevant teaching qualifications. Applicants with teaching experience at university level are preferred. Quality and breadth of the teaching qualifications will be evaluated.

NTNU is required to oblige by the evaluation criteria for research quality in accordance with The San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA. This means that we will pay particular attention to the quality and academic range demonstrated by your scientific work to date. We will also pay attention to research leadership and participation in research projects. Your scientific work from the last five years will be given the most weight. 

Your application will be considered by a committee of experts and the most suitable applicants will be invited to interview and to deliver a lecture.  

General information

NTNUs personell policy emphasizes the importance of equality and diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of gender, disability, or cultural background. NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions, and has a number of resources to promote equality. 

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 continually maintain and improve your professional development and be flexible regarding any organizational changes. 

In accordance with public law your name, age, job title, and county of residence may be made available to the public even if you have requested not to appear on the public list of applicants.   

If you have any questions about the position, please contact QuSpin Center Director, professor Arne Brataas, e-mail: If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Advisor Ranveig Nerhoel, e-mail:

The application and all attachments should be submitted electronically via If you are invited to interview, you must bring with you notarized copies of all references and diplomas. Mark your application with reference number: xxx. 

Application deadline: 30.07.2021 

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Deadline 31st July 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Permanent
Place of service Trondheim