Phd Position in Experimental Physics with Focus on Coherent X-Ray Microscopy

Trondheim, Norway
01 Dec 2021
End of advertisement period
02 Jan 2022
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

A PhD position in experimental physics within the field of coherent X-ray microscopy is available at the Department of Physics, NTNU. Starting date will be early spring 2022.

We are searching for a creative, skilled and ambitious candidate for our research activities on quantitative X-ray microscopy and its applications for imaging nanostructured materials. Computational imaging denotes recent efforts to integrate computers as an active part of the image formation process, enabling better resolution, larger field-of-view, improved contrast, post-refocusing, and 3D microscopy. The 4D-CT project will further develop time-resolved X-ray microscopy methods using both our home-laboratory and world-leading synchrotron microscopy beamlines associated with the project. The sample systems to be studied include complex geo- and biomaterials, with special attention given to liquid flow in porous media, which is an important topic also with regard to sustainability and climate change.

The candidate will work in an international team of several principal investigators, PhD students, postdocs and master students. The 4D-CT project is a collaboration between Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of South-Eastern Norway, Swiss Light Source – Paul Scherrer Institute, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, and University of Le Mans. The project is associated with the Center of Excellence for Porous Media Laboratory (CoE PoreLab). The PhD candidate will thus be able to draw from an excellent knowledge base and outstanding research infrastructure. The 4D-CT project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the FRIPRO program.

Duties of the position

The research work will involve designing, constructing and using state-of-the-art experimental setups. Major emphasis is put on developing sophisticated 4-dimensional (3D + time resolution) microscopy methods based on scattering and phase contrast. Sophisticated analysis and modelling of large datasets, using concepts from artificial intelligence (AI), compressed sensing, and machine learning methods, will be an integral part of the work. In addition, the candidates are expected to participate actively in the group activities, including mentoring and co-supervision of students.

Required selection criteria

  • The successful candidate has completed/is about to complete a master’s degree in physics. Exceptional candidates with a background in closely related fields like nanotechnology, electrical engineering, or photonics will also be considered.
  • The position requires a strong interest in experimental physics and data analysis.
  • Good working knowledge and interest in computer programming (e.g., Matlab, Python or C) are necessary to be successful in the position.
  • The position requires spoken and written fluency in English.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level 
  • 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.

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

  • Experience from nanoscale studies using scattering, diffraction or high-resolution microscopy methods would be considered a strong advantage.
  • Knowledge of physical optics, in particular Fourier optics and imaging, would be beneficial.
  • Experience with handling and analyzing big data sets would be beneficial.
  • Working knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language would be evaluated positively.

Personal characteristics

The successful candidates should be creative, ambitious and enthusiastic, with a strong ability to work independently and goal oriented. Good scientific writing and oral presentation skills are requested. He/she should enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams, which is of high importance in this multidisciplinary project. 

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. Upon agreeing to do teaching assignments for the department, a 4 year contract can be discussed.

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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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. 

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 statement explaining how and when the degree will be finished.
  • A copy of the master’s thesis. If not finished at the time of application, please attach a preliminary draft.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)                                                     

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 Professor Dag Werner Breiby,

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 133/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 2 January 2022.

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

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 January 2022
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Fixed Term
Place of service

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