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Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology
Department of Physics

PhD position in Experimental Physics (nanomagnetism/ magnonics) NT-55/14

A PhD position is available at the Department of Physics. The appointment has a duration of 4 years with 25% teaching duties for NTNU NanoLab and 75% to be devoted to research and research training. The position is financed by NTNU as part of the effort within the enabling technology Nanotechnology, and will be part of building up the effort within nano-magnetism at NTNU as well as supporting knowledge build-up at NTNU NanoLab.


Information about the department

The position is organized at the Department of Physics. Currently, there are 28 professors, 13 associate professors, 5 adjunct professors, 68 PhD research fellows and 15 postdoctoral positions 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 materials science, nanoscience, surface physics, modern optics, astrophysics, solar energy, biophysics, 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 theme of the PhD research is characterization of magnetodynamic properties of thin films and magnonic lattices. In particular we will address the properties of magnetic oxide thin films. Characterization will have an emphasis on generation and analysis of magnetodynamic pulse propagation through thin films. Through mapping resonances for propagation in micro and nanostructured ferromagnetic samples the candidate will assess fundamental magnetodynamic properties of the samples. Practically the work will be devoted to test device design and fabrication as well as high frequency (GHz) characterization together with simulation of devices. One year of the four years is to be spent as user and training support within NTNU NanoLab.


The workplace will be department of physics, but tight interaction is expected both with NTNU NanoLab and the the oxide electronics lab group at the Dept. of Electronics and Telecommunications which take part in the nanomagnetism effort at NTNU.


Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:

We are seeking a person with good understanding of solid state physics and electronics and a keen interest for nano- and micro-fabrication. The applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in experimental physics or nanotechnology/nanoelectronics with a strong physics/electronics background. Experience from clean room work (electron beam / UV lithography, thin film deposition and etching) will be considered an advantage. In addition good teaching and communication skills will be considered as positive.

The successful candidate should be creative and independent, with the strong motivation and stamina needed to perform high-level experimental research. Given the support function in NTNU lab, he/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.


The regulations for PhD programmes at NTNU state that a Master degree or equivalent with at least 5 years of studies and 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 and C or higher of the BSc. 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. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document English skills by an approved test.




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


The appointment will be made according to the general regulations regarding university employees. PhD research positions are remunerated in salary code 1017, normally at start wage level 50 on the Norwegian Government pay scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.


Further information can be obtained from associate professor Erik Wahlström, Department of Physics, NTNU, E-mail:


Further information about the Department can be found at


For information about NTNU and Trondheim, see and


The application

Applications 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.


Applications must be submitted electronically through this website (

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.


The reference number of the position is: NT- 55/14


Application deadline: 1. August 2014


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