PhD Position in Experimental Materials Physics

Trondheim, Norway
19 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
27 May 2018
NV- 60/18
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

A PhD position is available at the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology. The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of until 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language). The position is financed by the NTNU digitalization program and has a special responsibility of carrying out TEM measurements and data acquisition for the project ALLDESIGN.

Information of the ALLDESIGN project

The primary objective is to create a digital materials design platform for intermetallic alloy design. The project focuses on aluminium-based alloys, which are of great importance for the Norwegian industry. ALLDESIGN will investigate the physical processes behind slow-diffusion precipitation phenomena starting from atomistic scale and in silico. Our goal is to develop efficient theoretical methods to understand materials properties at different length and time scales and to limit costly trial-and-error measurements in the laboratory. Such output can considerably help in materials screening and finding optimal thermochemical treatment conditions. Complementary to the theoretical work will be experimental high-resolution characterization (including development of data processing algorithms) and validation of the theoretical results. Finally, the data from the multiscale modelling approach will be used for digitalization of the alloy manufacturing process in the newly invested 3D stretch-bending machine. The project involves a simultaneous recruitment of 1 post-doctoral fellow and 4 PhD students in complementary research areas within the same NTNU digital transformation call.

Job description

ALLDESIGN PhD2 is within the field of experimental materials physics. The PhD will focus on the early stages of precipitate dynamics in aluminium alloys, formation and growth, using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods and advanced data processing. Techniques used will be diffuse scattering and high resolution scanning TEM (STEM). Short- and long-range order and disorder, and thermal lattice vibrations (phonons) will be studied ex- and in-situ during heat treatment. The influence of chemical composition and vacancy density on precipitates and their time-evolution, will be quantitatively studied, developing new and smart acquisition methods. Advanced data processing and image analysis of the experimental data will be performed, for instance using the Python package Hyperspy ( We want to develop this software further, improving workflows and incorporate more machine learning algorithms for studies of precipitates in aluminium alloys. The results will be used to validate and guide the modelling activities of the other positions in the ALLDESIGN project.

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:  

The PhD will be performed in close cooperation with other PhDs, collaborating research institutes and industry. In addition, it is desirable that the candidate will make a longer stay abroad to work with our foreign collaborators.

The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in physics, materials technology or a closely related field. We are seeking a person with a good experimental background and experience in materials characterization. Applicants with prior experience in electron microscopy, and TEM in particular, will be strongly preferred. Knowledge and practical experience with the relevant data handling and analysis, as well as experience with relevant sample preparation techniques for electron microscopy are also desirable.

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams. Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates with a PhD degree will not be considered 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. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test.  Approved tests are TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English(CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).

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 Randi Holmestad, Department of Physics, NTNU,
Tel. +47 735 93880, E-mail:

Information about the department

The department is currently in an expansion phase and incorporates a broad activity within physics with activities in solid state physic/material physics, soft/complex and biopolymer physics, medical physics, statistical physics, optics, atmospheric physics, university didactics and astroparticle physics. The department is also since 2017 the hosting institution of two national centres of excellence. Porelab and QuSpin. The department is responsible for the best recruiting physics study programmes in Norway both within applied and fundamental physics. It also provides a large set of courses within physics for other study programmes at NTNU.

For more information about the department and its activities, see

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 electronically through

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV- 60/18

Application deadline:  27.05.2018

About this job

  • Deadline Sunday, May 27, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Jobbnorge ID 151431
  • Internal ID 2018/11557
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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