Post Doctoral Research Fellow within condensed matter theory

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology
april 20, 2021
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A postdoc position is available at the Center of Excellence QuSpin (Center for Quantum Spintronics) which is part of the Department of Physics, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

The candidate will join and become part of an excellent international research environment in quantum condensed matter theory and experiments.

The postdoc position has a duration of two years.

QuSpin carries out research in theoretical as well as experimental fields. QuSpin’s principal goal is to describe, characterize, and develop recently identified quantum approaches to control electric and spin signals, conceptually different from those existing today.

The Center of Excellence QuSpin is funded by the Research Council of Norway. QuSpin is managed by a Center Director and has four principal investigators. See

QuSpin currently has 9 professors/associate professors, 2 researchers, 27 PhD students and 7 postdoctoral researchers from 13 different nations working  on various aspects of low-dissipation spintronics.

Job description

The candidate will develop models to control spin and other quantum entities in magnetic insulators, topological insulators, and superconductors. The Post Doctoral Research Fellow is free to work on any topic of interest to QuSpin. Collaborations within the center are encouraged.

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in theoretical condensed matter physics or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required. If, for any reason, you have taken a career break 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 quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

The applicants must have:

  • Published scientific articles in the Physical Review Letters or the Physical Review
  • A documented background in quantum transport and/or spintronics

The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Such evidence might be represented by the results from standard tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). The candidate's language skills might also be assessed in a personal interview.

Personal characteristics

The candidate should:

  • Actively contribute in teams
  • Have personal skills like a positive and friendly attitude
  • Be contributing to a sustainable social environment

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2 years.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 545 300 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

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

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diploma
  • List of academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees

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

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.<

General information

Working at NTNU

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

NTNU's personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

NTNU International Researcher Support (NIRS) offers counselling services for administrative staff and researchers working at or visiting NTNU. Other services offered by NIRS includes housing, dual career services, seminars, courses and social activities for the international community at NTNU. See

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

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

In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact QuSpin Center Director, professor Arne Brataas at If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Advisor Rita Finsland, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application NVD-number 46/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 04.05.2021

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