PhD Candidate within Transmission Electron Microscopy at the Department of Physics

Norwegian University of Science and Technology
March 21, 2023
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The Department of physics has a vacancy for a

PhD Candidate within Transmission Electron Microscopy at the Department of


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About the job

With the increasing demand for more powerful and energy efficient computing devices, there is a need to move away from silicon based semiconductors. One alternative is the nanostructure artificial spin ice (ASI), where a large number of nanometer scale magnets is arranged in a lattice sufficiently close to interact with each other. By tuning the size, shape and distance between the magnets the large scale behavior changes, possibly allowing them to be used as in-materio computational devices. However, to properly study magnetic properties of these systems, both the full lattice and individual nanomagnets, there is a need for techniques which can study the magnetic properties at nanometer length scales.

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a powerful characterization technique for studying materials at the nanoscale, including magnetic fields in materials. Of special interest is doing these experiments while simultaneously applying external stimuli such as heating, cooling or external electromagnetic fields in the TEM and directly correlate properties with structural and chemical analysis at the nanometer length scale.

The aim of the PhD is to enable and perform advanced correlated in-situ TEM characterization of magnetic properties in artificial spin ice or similar systems. The candidate will develop and optimize the in-situ TEM tools by i) obtaining custom-made printed circuit boards (PCBs) chips for in-situ experiments, and ii) developing automation scripts for performing in-situ experiments, and iii) use these tools for advanced TEM data acquisition and analysis.

The position might also include nanostructuring and use of a Focused Ion Beam for specimen preparation at NTNU Nanolab.

The work will be done at the TEM Gemini Center/NORTEM Trondheim node.

Starting date: August 2023 or earlier.

Your immediate leader is the supervising Associate Professor.

Duties of the position
  • Develop tools for doing advanced in-situ and in-operando experiments for studying magnetic properties in materials.
  • Perform advanced in-situ and in-operando TEM studies of magnetic properties in artifical spin ice material systems
  • Publish journal articles and present results at scientific conferences
  • Required selection criteria
  • You must have a professionally relevant background in nanotechnology, physics, material science or related field.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree program, where 120 credits are obtained at master's level
  • You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • Master's students can apply, but the master's degree must be obtained and documented by August 2023.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program.
  • You must show good written and oral English language skills.
  • You must have hands-on experience with electron microscopy.
  • You must have basic programming skills.
  • The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Phd candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

    Preferred selection criteria
  • Hands-on experience with transmission electron microscopy
  • Knowledge or experience with functional materials
  • Experience and interest in printed circuit board (PCB) design and fabrication
  • Personal characteristics
  • Curiosity-driven personality with a general interest in science
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration
  • Analytical mindset and good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to clearly communicate ideas and knowledge
  • We offer
  • exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic environment
  • an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
  • favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • employee benefits
  • Salary and conditions

    As a PhD candidate (code 1017) you are normally paid from gross NOK 501 200 per annum before tax.From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

    The period of employment is 3 years with the possibility of up to 6 months extension, based on available teaching duties and agreement with the department.

    Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in physics within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

    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.

    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 your application will be considered based solely on information submitted by the application deadline. You must therefore ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience fulfil the criteria specified above.

    The application must include :

  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and/or master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, include the preliminary transcript
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work. For example master thesis or specialization project (fordypningsprosjekt) report
  • Name and contact information of two references
  • If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

    We will take joint work into account. If it is difficult to identify your efforts in the joint work, you must enclose a short description of your participation.

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

    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

    NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is our strength. We want to recruit people with different competencies, educational backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives to contribute to solving our social responsibilities within education and research. We will facilitate for our employees' needs.

    NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.

    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.

    A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

    If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Magnus Nord, email [email protected] you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Magnus Gautvik, e-mail: [email protected]

    If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation.

    Application deadline: 21.03.23

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