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PhD position in Physics, Computational chemistry – NTNU, Norway, 2022


PhD position in the Materials Theory group which is part of the Department of Physics, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway – 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491 200 NOK/Year

Department of physics

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway


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Qualification Details

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in Physics/computational chemistry or engineering subject such that one can pursue a PhD in physics.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, 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.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty's doctoral program.
  • The applicant must have good programming skills in at least one of the following programming languages: C/C++ and/or Python, Julia is a plus.
  • 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.The candidate`s language skills might also be assessed in a personal interview.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants 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

  • Previous experience on molecular simulation algorithms will be considered as a strong advantage.
  • A documented background in computational physics/chemistry is desirable with a focus on atomistic modelling (Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo and/or density FunctionalTheory).

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem oriented. The person should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in a team. A positive and friendly attitude and contributing to a sustainable social environment will also be valued.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The candidate will join an international research environment to develop computational modelling of soft condensed matter system using particle based simulations techniques, such as Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo approaches with the aim of understanding the formation and growth of biominerals.

We seek a candidate with strong theoretical background in condensed/soft matter physics/physical chemistry as well as interest in programming and strong motivation on developing new computational modelling of natural physical processes such as the formation of biominerals. The candidate will also actively collaborate with members of the Materials Theory group that have an intense research on semiconductors and catalysis by mean of DFT approaches. Furthermore, the candidate is also expected to closely collaborate with the experimental groups at the Department of Physics to validate the predictions provided by the simulations.

The PhD position has a duration of three years with the possibility of up to one-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. For a position as a PhD Candidate, the goalis a completed doctoral education up to an obtained doctoral degree.

The position concerns classical simulations by means of Molecular Dynamics and Monte Carlo approaches to study biomineral formation and growth. The simulations will be performed by using existing software packages and material modelling platform, i.e. LAMMPS, Gromacs etc.

For this position experience in atomistic simulations and programming is desirable.

Method development/testing will be carried out for different materials and protocols and the classical predictions at atomistic scale will be compared with DFT simulations by other members of the group. Finally, the validation of all modelling predictions will be carried out by comparison with experimental results from different groups at the NTNU Physics department.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: NvD 72/22

Application Procedure

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 diplomas
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not completed the master's degree, you must submit a confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • A copy of the master's thesis. If you recently have submitted your master's thesis, you can attach a draft of the thesis. Documentation of a completed master's degree must be presented before taking up the position.
  • Name and address of three referees
  • If you have publications or other relevant research work

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.

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 and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates.

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 number NvD 72/22 when applying.

About the Department/Section/Group

Our research and teaching are both experimental and theoretical, covering a wide range of disciplines. Our activities contribute to development of new medical technology and to finding solutions for the next generation’s communication technology, energy utilization and development of materials. The Department of Physics is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 491 200 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 one-year extension with 25% teaching duties in 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.

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Contact details

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

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