Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Computational NanoPhysics

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

About the position 

A position as a Postdoctoral 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 (, 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 candidate will be expected to be able to take up the position on 1-Oct-2021 at the latest, an earlier starting date is possible.

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 implementation and 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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, other partners in the project will manufacture the mask structures and evaluate their performance in the laboratory. Work on code optimization, parallelization and use of High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructures is expected. The original version of the code is written in the Julia programming language. There will also be the possibility to work on various aspects of wave and atom scattering problems.

The candidate is expected to participate in teaching (e.g. in computational physics courses) and should therefore have a keen general interest in teaching.

Required selection criteria

  • A PhD in computational or theoretical physics, optics or engineering with specialization on scattering theory and computations. Candidates with a background in scattering theory and/or computational physics will be preferred.
  • Good and documented knowledge of programming languages like modern Fortran, Julia, Python, and/or C/C++ is required
  • 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)  ELTS: 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  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Candidates with a background in computational physics/optics, scattering theory, and optic (diffraction) will be preferred.
  • Background in the use of lithography and relevant industrial experience is desired.
  • Prior experience with binary holography will be a big advantage for the position.
  • Experience with scientific computing and in particular scattering theory and scattering calculations is desired.
  • Knowledge and experience in numerical solution of integral equations, wave propagation and diffraction is an advantage.

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

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 555 300 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The period of employment is 2.5 years, including 25% compulsory teaching duties at the Department of Physics.

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.  

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 : 

  • The applicant is required to explicitly explain their personal motivation and academic aptitude for pursuing research within this research field.(max. 2 pages)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)
  • Copies of the  Bachelor, Master’s and PhD degree diplomas, 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, experience in scientific computing, and wave-optics experience
  • Documentation of English proficiency (if needed)

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

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 and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

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 Magnus Gautvik, 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 74/21 when applying.  

Application deadline: 30.06.21 

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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 30th June 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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