Postdoctoral position in materials physics, creating building blocks for atomic-scale electronics with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU


About the position

A postdoctoral research position (3 years) in the field of functional materials for the electronics of the future is to be filled. The postdoctoral researcher will be part of our ATRONICS project, which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), with the aim of enabling the building blocks needed for next-generation electronics at the atomic scale.

Combining different scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and nano-patterning methods, the postdoc will perform experimental research, directing our activities towards a conceptually new technology based on domain walls. At the length scale of just a few atoms, our team will use individual domain walls in inappropriate ferroelectrics to emulate the behavior of key electronic components such as diodes, transistors, and logic gates. Beyond demonstrating individual devices, we aim to integrate multiple domain wall devices and develop quasi-2D circuits and networks with an order of complexity higher than currently achievable.

Further details of our research in the field can be found in our recent publication; see, for example, Nature Rev. Mater. 7, 157 (2022), Nature Mater. 19, 1195 (2020) and Nature Nanotech. 13, 1028 (2018). Additional information about the scientific activities and the research team can be found here:

Job duties

The postdoc will carry out original research and help supervise/work closely with a doctoral student; together they will plan and perform SPM and Focusing Ion Beam (FIB) experiments, pushing the development of 2D functional materials for future technologies.

Selection criteria required

  • You must have obtained a Norwegian doctorate or a corresponding foreign doctorate recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctorate
  • You must have relevant professional training in physics, materials science, nanoscience/technology, materials physics or equivalent
  • applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English

The appointment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and national guidelines for appointment as doctor, post-doc and research assistant

Preferred Selection Criteria

Extensive and documented hands-on experience with scanning probe microscopy is desired, including piezoelectric response force microscopy, conductive atomic force microscopy and local electrostatic measurements. In addition, the ideal candidate has a solid experience in FIB nano-structuring and ferroelectric oxides and a good understanding of electronics.

Personal characteristics

We are looking for someone who is creative, innovative and able to work independently within an international team. The person we are looking for has excellent communication skills and enjoys collaborating with different international PhD students, post-docs and researchers.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a postdoctoral fellow (code 1352), you are normally paid from NOK 553,500 gross per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The term of employment is 3 years.

Start date: 01.09.2022.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Candidates who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

The position is externally funded.

This is a prerequisite for being present and accessible to the establishment on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documents to be used as the basis for assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only assessed against the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

If for any reason you have interrupted your career or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the amount of your research may be reduced.

The request must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
  • Academic works – published or unpublished – that you would like to see considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three arbitrators

If all or part of your training was taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation on the extent and quality of your overall training. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following the research quality assessment criteria according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified applicants to apply, regardless of gender, functional ability or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great educational opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development of the subject implies and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, function and municipality may be made public even if you have requested that your name not be included in the list of candidates.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Dennis Meier, email [email protected]. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Marie Kristiansen, email: [email protected]

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The Diploma Supplement must be attached for European Master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master’s degree from China Credential Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference. Please refer to application number NVD-109/22 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.05.2022

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

We are Norway’s leading teaching and research environment in the fields of materials engineering, materials chemistry and materials science. Together with business and industry, we are a driving force for the development of innovative materials as well as new applications and manufacturing processes. Activities in our disciplines are vital for going green. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is one of the eight departments of Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline May 15, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Temporary

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