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Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


Materials properties are significantly affected by the chemistry of the materials as well as the manufacturing process. Therefore, being able to precisely measure a wide range of impurities and chemical elements both at ppm and ppt (trace elements) levels is crucial. Furthermore, detecting how these impurities vary within a few microns or nanometres from the surface of the samples is also important. The candidate will primarily work with glow discharge mass spectrometry (GDMS) and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES). The project is well integrated in the Physical Metallurgy group, which is working on challenging materials, e.g. silicon for solar cells, light-weight macro-composites, special Al-Mg-x alloys and nanostructured functional materials.

Upon completion of the PhD degree, the candidate is expected to be well qualified for a career in both academia and industry. Most of the experimental work will be performed at NTNU. However, the candidate will be encouraged to spend some time abroad, e.g. at Nu Instruments in UK or at Horiba JY in France. Applicants should have a MSc degree in materials science and engineering, physics or chemistry. Priority will be given to candidates with background on analytical chemistry.
We search a person that is creative and can work independently in a cross-disciplinary environment. The person should have good communication skills and be able to collaborate with other PhD candidates and researchers in the field.

Detailed information on our PhD programs is found at:  http://www.ntnu.no/nt/english/phd

The regulations for PhD programs at NTNU state that the applicant must have 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). 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:

Applicants must agree to participate in a structured doctoral study program within the period of the appointment. A contract will be drawn up regarding the period of appointment and work related duties.

The primary workplace will be Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway. The appointment of the PhD will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees. All applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English (in speaking and writing). The appointment has a duration of 3 years with the possibility of 1 year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. (To undertake the teaching duties it is a requirement that the candidate speaks Norwegian or another Scandinavian language.)

The position as PhD research fellow is remunerated according to the Norwegian state salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution. The national labour force should reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent. NTNU is an equal opportunity employer.
Information about the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NTNU can be found at http://www.ntnu.edu/mse/.

For further information about the position contact Associate Professor Marisa di Sabatino (phone number +47 98 24 34 62, marisa.di.sabatino@material.ntnu.no) or Professor Hans Jørgen Roven (phone number +47 73 59 49 66), hans.j.roven@ntnu.no.

The application should contain:
• CV including certificates from Bachelor and Master as well as Reference letters.
• List of publications with bibliographical references.
• Documentation of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) if English or a Scandinavian language is not the applicant's mother tongue.
• A statement on when the applicant can start in the position if selected.
Applications must be submitted electronically through this page.
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Mark the application with ref. no. NT-100/16.

Application deadline is January 31, 2017.

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