PhD Research Fellowship Position within the Area of Oxide Electronics

Trondheim, Norway
04 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2018
IE 034/2018
Contract Type
Full Time

A PhD-position is available at the Department of Electronic Systems at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The position will be within the area ”Oxide electronics”, with emphasis on density functional theory modelling of ferroic materials, including epitaxial thin films, in collaboration with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Department of Electronic Systems (IES).

The PhD positions is for up to 4 years with 25% work assignments for NTNU/IES.

Information about the department

Currently IES has approximately 165 full-time employees spread across 45 professors/ass professors, 70 PhD, 25 research/Post.Doc and 25 engineering/administration. IES has the principal responsibility for education and research in electronics at NTNU. IES research portfolio comprises the areas of statistical signal processing, wireless communication, marine acoustics/sub-sea communications, multimedia and speech technology, micro- and nano-technology, sensors, and medical technology.

Project description

The project will focus on density functional theory modelling of functional interfaces and thin films, and how epitaxy and choice of materials, including effect of point defects, can be used to establish functional properties. The project will be carried out in the oxide electronics group focusing on thin film physics of ferroic materials, complementing ongoing experimental research carried out in the group.


We seek a creative and enthusiastic candidate with an outstanding academic record.

The candidate should have:

  • a master’s degree or equivalent qualifications within electrical engineering, materials science or physics with a specialization within e.g, physical electronics, ceramic materials, solid state chemistry or materials physics.
  • Good English skills are required.
  • Additional experience in materials modelling of perovskite materials by density functional theory is an advantage.
  • The successful candidate can take responsibility for progress and can work independently.
  • He/she has good communication skills and is able to collaborate with other scientists in the research group.

Applicants must be qualified for admission to a PhD study program at NTNU. See for information about PhD studies at NTNU.

Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language should provide evidence of good written and spoken English language skills. The following tests can be used as documentation: TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper-based test), 92 (Internet-based test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

The application

Please submit an application letter describing your motivation, relevant experience, skills and qualifications, and a brief research vision for the position (maximum 1 page) along with a CV, publication list, letters of reference and proof of fluency in the English language (if applicable) and certificates from both Bachelor and Master degrees.

Applicants are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grading system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.


The appointment is made in accordance with the regulations of employment for PhD candidates issued by the Ministry of Education and Research, with relevant parts of the additional guidelines for appointment as a PhD candidate at NTNU. Applicants must participate in an organized PhD programme of study during their period of employment. The candidate appointed must comply with the regulations for employees in the public sector. In addition, a contract will be signed regarding the period of employment.

Applicants must be qualified for admission to a PhD study program at NTNU. See for information about PhD studies at NTNU.

We can offer

  • an informal and friendly workplace with dedicated colleagues
  • academic challenges in a cross-disciplinary team
  • attractive schemes for home loans, insurance and pensions through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

For further information about the position, contact Professor Thomas Tybell,  /Associated Professor Sverre Selbach,

Salary conditions

The position is in code 1017 Research fellow, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 436 500 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering wants to attract outstanding and creative candidates who can contribute to our ongoing research activities. We believe that diversity is important to achieve a good, inclusive working environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of the gender, disability or cultural background.

Under Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have his or her name entered on the list of applicants.

About this job

  • Deadline Thursday, March 15, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 149077
  • Internal ID 2018/6930
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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