PhD Position on Novel Materials and Device Design for Above Room Temperature

Trondheim, Norway
16 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
13 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

A PhD position is available at the Department of Physics. The appointment has a duration of four years with one year mandatory work for NTNU Nanolab. The position is financed by NTNU.

Job description

The project is centered on the development and investigation of complex magnetic material systems that can be used to investigate new spin properties at the nanoscale for future spintronic applications. The project is part of an interdepartmental collaboration, bridging physics, materials science and state-of-the-art nano-lithography methods. In particular, we are interested in the nanoscale dynamics of functional antiferromagnets. The research relates to the emergent field of topological nano-structures and their realization in new materials systems.

The key experimental techniques that will be used in this project are molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth of thin films and their characterization using magnetic force microscopy (MFM). In addition, we will use advanced nanofabrication methods to build functional devices and collaborate closely with partners working on theoretical aspects, surface science properties, and electronic systems.

The project is part of NTNU´s strategic initiative on functional materials and nanotechnology, called NTNU Nano, and the QuSpin initiative, a Norwegian Center of excellence hosted at NTNU. Both NTNU Nano and QuSpin bring together international experts in physics and material science to find solutions to the fundamental challenges in the research area of spintronics.

Information about the department

The position is organized in the Department of Physics. Currently, there are 27 professors, 10 associate professors, 7 adjunct professors, 70 PhD research fellows and 24 postdoctoral researchers appointed at the Department of Physics.

The Department’s research spans a broad spectrum of natural sciences and technology, which in turn allows us to offer an education that provides a solid basis for future careers. Physics research is carried out in experimental as well as theoretical fields, often across conventional boundaries between disciplines trough external collaborations. The Department’s central research areas are nanoscience, materials science, biophysics, surface physics, modern optics, astrophysics, solar energy, soft matter physics, and medical technology. Research staff at the Department makes a special effort to increase the awareness and understanding of the importance and impact of physics in society.

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We seek highly motivated candidates with a completed M.Sc. degree in Physics, Nanotechnology, Material Science or related areas. The position requires competence in experimental research and data analysis. Candidates with experience in magnetic materials, scanning probe microscopy, clean room device fabrication or MBE growth will be preferred. Additionally, the project will be driven by a collaborative approach and international experience or experience in collaborative projects will be beneficial. The successful applicant should be highly competent, motivated, ambitious and with excellent English qualifications.

The regulations for PhD programs 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:

Terms of employment

The appointment of the PhD fellow 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 associate professor Christoph Brüne, Department of Physics, NTNU, email: or associate professor Dennis Meier, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU, e-mail:

The application

Applications with CV, certificates from both Bachelor and Master, possible publications and other scientific works, copies of transcripts and reference letters should be submitted.

Applications must be submitted electronically through a link at this page.

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is NV-46/18

Application deadline: 13.05.2018

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim, Gløshaugen
  • Jobbnorge ID 151365
  • Internal ID 2018/11571
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Fixed Term

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