Postdoctoral Position in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Trondheim, Norway
07 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

A postdoctoral research position within the field of condensed matter physics is available at the Department of Physics. The anticipated starting date is 1 October 2018, and the appointment has a minimal duration of 2 years, with possibly an extension of 1 year. The position is financed by The Research Council of Norway, and is a part of a larger research project collaboration between poLight (, SINTEF Industry ( and NTNU (

Information about the department

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. Further information is available at:

Our 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. Our central research areas are biophysics, nanoscience, surface physics, modern optics, astrophysics, solar energy, materials science, and medical technology. 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.

Job description

The research will be carried out in the division of Condensed Matter Physics, and will be focused on optomechanical and optoelectronic performance in hybridMEMs controlled auto focusing optics for compact cameras. In particular, the research will focus on the development of stress-induced defects in bulk material and at hybrid material interfaces during service, and relate these to the degradation of optical performance in the lens system. The aim of the research will be to understand better the compatibility conditions that apply at the hybrid material interfaces, and assist our project partners in the selection of materials and design/optimization of production technology. The post doc position will focus in particular at experimental studies of stresses and stress-induced defect development at hybrid material interfaces under realistic service conditions. 


The successful applicant is highly competent, motivated and ambitious. He/she should hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Condensed Matter Physics, Material Physics or another related field, and must have an excellent track record. Since a major part of the research will involve advanced experimental characterization, documented experience with X-ray diffraction and X-ray imaging methods will be considered highly relevant. Experience with other methods for studies of microstructure and/or functional performance in advanced materials, such as electron microscopy, optical methods, etc. may be of relevance. An integral part of the experimental is the processing and analysis of large amounts of data, so experience with data analysis and programming are required.  Other required qualifications are the competence to carry out goal-oriented work, good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results, and good cooperation abilities.

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document their English skills by an approved test.

Terms of employment

The appointment will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.

NTNU has a personnel policy objective that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.

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

Further information can be obtained from Professor Ragnvald Mathiesen, Department of Physics, NTNU, e-mail:

The application

The application should contain a CV, a short statement on the applicant’s personal qualifications and motivation for the application (not exceeding 1 page), a certificate from the Ph.D. degree, a list of publications and other scientific works, documentation on an English language proficiency test (if applicable), and contact details of two references. Applications must be submitted electronically through

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is NV-86/18

Application deadline: 20.08.2018


  • Deadline Monday, August 20, 2018
  • Employer NTNU - Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
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  • Municipality Trondheim
  • Place of service Trondheim, Gløshaugen
  • Jobbnorge ID 155387
  • Internal ID 2018/22211
  • Scope Fulltime
  • Duration Fixed Term


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