PhD Position in Experimental Soft Matter Physics

Gløshaugen, Norway
15 May 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Jun 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

The PhD position is available at the Department of Physics, NTNU. 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. The position is financed by the Research Council of Norway. Project name: Petromaks2: Large-scale Programme for Petroleum Research.

Information about the Department

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

The research at the Department spans a broad spectrum of natural sciences and technology, which in turn allows offering an education that provides a solid basis for future careers. Physics research is carried out in experimental as well as theoretical fields, and often through external collaborations across conventional boundaries between disciplines. The department’s central research areas are biophysics, nanoscience, surface physics, optics, astrophysics, solar energy, materials science, soft/complex matter science, 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.

Further information is available at:

Job description

The available position is for a PhD student to work in The Laboratory for Soft and Complex Matter Studies ( The PhD candidate’s activities will be jointly with one postdoc and another PhD student that are working within associated projects, and the work will be in soft matter science/microfluidics at the interface between experimental physics, chemical engineering, materials science and nano-micro-technology.

The project funded by the Research Council of Norway is a collaboration between the NTNU group, and research groups at The Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) at Kjeller Norway, the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) Norway, the Pierre Gilles de Gennes Institute (IPGG) in Paris France, the University of Rennes1France, the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) Brazil and the University of Sap Paulo (USP) Brazil.

The PhD project will develop and investigate experimental model systems made from oil, water drops/emulsions, with nanoparticles. The activities will focus on developing, characterizing, and understanding how nanofluids from nanoparticles influence oil drops, emulsion stability, and flow in micro- and/or nano-fluidic environments. The purpose of the project is to develop new understanding of fundamental processes specifically relevant for Improved Oil Recovery or Tracer Technology and for emulsion technologies generally (i.e. food, cosmetics, coatings, materials processing technologies etc.).

The work will involve designing and using targeted experimental model systems and sample environments. The experimental methods include the use of standard soft matter tools such as microfluidics, rheometry, small-angle X-ray-scattering (SAXS either at the NTNU group’s home X-ray laboratory, or at international synchrotron facilities such as ESRF, MaxIVLab, or LNLS-Brazil), or small-angle-neutron-scattering (SANS at IFE in Norway, or at international neutron facilities). The PhD candidate will be based at and work mainly at NTNU, however including several extended research missions (approximately 2-3 months each) to Paris, and to Rio de Janeiro.

Detailed information on the NTNU Physics PhD programs is found at:

For more information, contact Professor Jon Otto Fossum (email:, who will be the main PhD supervisor of the PhD cadidate.


The applicant should hold an MSc (or equivalent) in physics, nanotechnology, materials science, or another relevant field. The position requires a strong interest in developing experimental skills needed for studies of soft matter phenomena. Experience with or courses in soft or condensed matter experimental physics, such as microfluidics, or with the use of other types of relevant scientific equipment may be considered an advantage. It may also be considered an advantage if the applicant has data-analysis skills in e.g. Matlab, and interest in learning and practicing real time control software such as Labview.

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work goal-oriented, as well as possess good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results. He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams, which is of particular importance in this collaborative project.

The regulations for entry in the PhD programs at NTNU requires a MSc degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies. 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.

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.

The application

Application 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. Application must be submitted electronically through this page.

Application submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV-69/18

Application deadline: 05.06.2018

About this job

  • Deadline Tuesday, June 5, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Website
  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Gløshaugen
  • Jobbnorge ID 152871
  • Internal ID 2018/13884
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Temporary

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