PhD Positions in Theoretical Condensed Matter

Trondheim, Norway
22 Feb 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Mar 2017
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Two Ph.D. positions are available at the Department of Physics. The appointments have a duration of 3 years with the possibility of until 1-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department.

Information about the department

The positions are in the Department of Physics. Currently, there are 22 professors, 12 associate professors, 4 adjunct professors, 72 Ph.D. research fellows and 15 postdoctoral positions appointed at the Department of Physics. Our research spans a broad spectrum of natural sciences and technology, which in turn allows us to offer an education providing a solid basis for future careers. Physics research is carried out in experimental as well as theoretical fields, often across conventional boundaries between disciplines. Research staff at the institute makes a special effort to increase the awareness and understanding of the importance and impact of physics in our society. Further information about the Department can be found at

Job description

The candidates will join the team funded by the European Research Council Advanced Grant project “Controlling Electric Signals with Insulating Antiferromagnets and Insulating Ferromagnets.” Professor Arne Brataas is the leader of this project.

The candidates will develop theoretical models for the transport of spin and other degrees of freedom in ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic insulators in contact with normal metals and topological insulators. The aim is to develop a new or improved understanding of spin transport and spin dynamics in novel nano-structured hybrid systems. Such an understanding can assist in developing new spintronics concepts where only spins flow, but no electric charges.

We hope our group provides a friendly and excellent environment for research. In our group, there are currently five post-doc researchers and six Ph.D. students working on various aspects of theoretical spintronics.

Detailed information on our Ph.D. programs is found at:


The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in physics or nanotechnology or a closely related field. Aspiring candidates should be strongly motivated, ambitious, and have a solid background in condensed matter theory or related theoretical areas in physics or nanotechnology. He/she has to demonstrate good basic knowledge in solid state physics and quantum physics (chemistry).  The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. We will not consider candidates with a Ph.D. degree for the position.

The regulations for PhD programmes at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and an average grade of A or B within a scale of A-E for passing grades (A best) for the two last years of the MSc is required. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree:

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Such evidence might be represented by the results of 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.

Terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD fellows will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. Applicants must agree to participate in organized doctoral study programs within the period of the appointment and have to be qualified for the PhD-study. 

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

The position as PhD is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

Further information can be obtained from Professor Arne Brataas (, Department of Physics, NTNU

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts, (copies of documentation on English language proficiency test) and reference letters should be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically through this site.
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-27/17
Application deadline: 25.03.2017

About this job

  • Deadline 3/25/2017
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 134606
  • Internal ID NV-27/17
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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