Post-doctoral Researcher for in-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy

Trondheim, Norway
29 Jun 2021
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2021
NV 78/21
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position 

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a powerful characterization technique for studying materials at the nanoscale. Limited space within the TEM makes it difficult do in-situ experiments: both to manipulate the state of the sample, and to measure the environment the sample resides in. There exist several commercial in-situ TEM holders, based on placing the sample on a replaceable chip, which is then placed on the tip of the in-situ TEM holder. While there are commercially available chips, these are limited in scope and difficult to customize. However, the in-situ TEM holders effectively work as an electrical pass through, which gets electrical signals from outside the TEM via the chips, to the sample.

The aim of this post doc. position is to design and make printed circuit boards (PCBs) for use with an in-situ TEM holder. These PCBs will be fitted with sensors and modalities relevant for in-situ and in-operando studies of magnetic materials. The PCBs themselves can be made via NTNU's Electronic and prototype laboratory (Elprolab).

Secondly, the post doc. will run in-situ TEM experiments in collaboration with TEM-researchers, or on their own, depending on the interest and skills of the post doc.

Depending on the interest and skills of the post doc., this will also include using the Focused Ion Beam (FIB) present at NTNU Nanolab for TEM-sample preparation and chip customization.

The chip designs will be made publicly available as open hardware.

The work will be done at the TEM Gemini Center/NORTEM Trondheim node.

Starting date autumn or winter 2021.

Duties of the position

  • Design and make customized PCBs for use as in-situ TEM chips
  • Fitting sensors/devices to the PCBs using soldering
  • Do in-situ magnetic TEM studies in collaboration with TEM-researchers
  • Publish journal articles and present results at scientific conferences

Required selection criteria

  • A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. By the starting date of the post doc. position, you must have completed a doctoral degree in physics, material science, nano technology or a related field.
  • Experience with electron microscopy

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

  • Experience and interest in printed circuit board (PCB) design and soldering
  • Experience with transmission electron microscopy
  • Experience with in-situ experiments with transmission electron microscopy
  • Experience with microcontrollers (like Arduino)
  • Experience with magnetic materials
  • Experience with Focused Ion Beam (FIB)
  • Good written and oral English language skills

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in a team.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 553 500 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 years.

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:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • Academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 3 works) 
  • Name and address of two referees 

If you are currently working on finishing your doctoral degree, you must include an estimated doctoral defense date.

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 

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 Associate Professor Magnus Nord, email If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Magnus Gautvik, 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 NV 78/21 when applying.  

Application deadline: 31.07.2021

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

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