Post Doctoral Research Fellow within condensed matter theory

Trondheim, Norway
21 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
17 Apr 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

A postdoc position 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 candidate will join and become part of an excellent international research environment in quantum condensed matter theory and experiments.

The postdoc position has a duration of three years.

About QuSpin

QuSpin carries out research in theoretical as well as experimental fields. 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.

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

QuSpin currently has 9 professors/associate professors, 2 senior researchers, 29 PhD students and 4 postdoctoral researchers from 10 different nations working on various aspects of low-dissipation spintronics.

Job description

The candidate will develop models to control spin and other quantum entities in magnetic insulators, topological insulators, and superconductors. Theoretical descriptions of equilibrium as well as non-equilibrium phenomena will form part of the work of the Post Doctoral Research Fellow. The successful candidate is free to work on any topic of interest to QuSpin. Collaborations within the center are encouraged.

Required selection criteria

  • A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in theoretical condensed matter physics or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required. 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.
  • Published scientific articles of high quality and with significant scientific content
  • A documented background in quantum transport and/or spintronics
  • The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Such evidence might be represented by the results from standard tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The candidate's language skills might also be assessed in a personal interview.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Personal characteristics

The candidate should:

  • Actively contribute in teams
  • Have personal skills like a positive and friendly attitude
  • Be contributing to a sustainable social environment

We offer 

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 3 years.

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 per annum before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

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 diploma
  • List of academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • 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. 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 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and 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 at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

f you have any questions about the position, please contact QuSpin Center’s Primary Investigators professor Asle Sudbø at, professor Arne Brataas at or professor Jacob Linder at If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Advisor Magnus Gautvik, e-mail:

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: April 17th,2023. 



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Deadline 17th April 2023
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service

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