PhD in Physics, Magnon-Phonon Coupling in Oxide Nanostructures

Trondheim, Norway
30 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
03 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

We are opening a position for a fully paid ambitious PhD student to be part of a project exploring the magnon-phonon coupling in oxide nanostructures.

The aim of the candidate is to perform appropriate nanostructuring and measurements of thin oxide films characterising magnon-phonon coupling through both local electrical measurements (STM based point contact spectroscopy) as well as imaging utilising Synchrotron methods. The research will be performed in a combined local at NTNU and international team.

The local team is a collaboration between the department of physics / QuSpin (Professor Erik Wahlström - 1 PhD student and 1 PostDoc) and department of electronic systems and the oxide electronics group (Professor Thomas Tybell, 1 PhD student). Internationally the group will collaborate with Stockholm University, University of Barcelona and JAIST Kanazawa.

The position reports to Head of department.

Duties of the position

  • Be responsible for sample design and characterisation of pulsed propagating wave spectroscopy samples as stand-alone or grown on top surface acoustic wave patterns.
  • Have shared responsibility for basis characterisation of magnetodynamic properties of thin film samples.
  • Have shared responsibility for combined magnetodynamic/acoustic PEEM based experiments performed at ALBA, Barcelona (Spain).
  • Have shared responsibility for STM-based point contact studies of thin film samples. In home laboratory and in Kanasawa (Japan).
  • Take part in the Physics PhD program and fulfil the requirements for a PhD degree.

Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in experimental condensed matter physics
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education. 
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program.
  • Strong experimental and theoretical solid state physics background
  • Electrical measurement techniques / instrumentation
  • Ability to work outside Norway for extended periods (Barcelona (Spain), Kanasawa (Japan) and Stockhom (Sweden).

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred selection criteria

  • Electrical characterization of solid state system.
  • Radio frequency / ferromagnetic resonance characterization.
  • Work in cryogenic sample environments (liquid Helium based).
  • Competence within nanostructuring
  • Documented good written and oral English.

Personal characteristics

  • High ambition and motivation for experimental work
  • High ability for group/team-based work.
  • Well focused and organized.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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 3 years with a possible extension to 4 years due to teaching duty at the department of physics.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme 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.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

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:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas 
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted. 
  • Name and address of three referees 

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, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher 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.

In accordance with The Public 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 Erik Wahlström, 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 134/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 03.01.2022

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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: 3rd January 2022
Employer: NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality: Trondheim
Scope: Fulltime
Duration: Fixed Term

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