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PhD position to study ‘In situ probing of complex fluids in porous media’ at PoreLab, Department of Physics, NTNU – Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: Not Mentioned
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Department of Physics
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

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Qualification Details

  • You must have a professionally relevant background 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 in physical chemistry, 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 successful candidate should have a broad knowledge in experimental and computational physics, with focus on colloidal and soft matter science.
  • Hands-on (lab) experience in experimental physics is required.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

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

  • Ability to synthesize colloids or nanoparticles are welcome.

Personal characteristics

  • The successful applicant is highly competent, motivated and ambitious.
  • We are looking for a positive and balanced personality open to new proposals.
  • We are looking for candidates who can think creatively and critically,
  • and who can work independently and consistently on the research project.
  • He/she should also enjoy interdisciplinary research.
  • He/she should take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The PhD position will be primarily experimental, building ‘transparent’ colloidal networks with well-defined porosity in a microfluidic device as model system to study flow of complex fluids through them using video-microscopy. Thus, the student will first learn how to synthesize and surface-modify the colloids and set up a microfluidic channel where the colloid network is placed. Characterization will be done using a confocal microscope. Image analysis and video-microscopy are then established to reconstruct the topology of the network such that flow though it can be studied. In particular, liquid-liquid phase separation of the complex fluids through such nano-porous network will be investigated. The resulting data will be analyzed and compared to theoretical predictions in collaboration with Prof. Alex Hansen at PoreLab.

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Documents Required

The application must include (Departments to choose from the following):

  • A motivational letter explaining your interest in this particular position.
  • 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.

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

About the Department

The department is currently in an expansion phase and incorporates a broad activity within physics with activities in solid state physics/material physics, soft/complex and biopolymer physics, medical physics, statistical physics, optics, atmospheric physics, university didactics and astroparticle physics. The department is also since 2017 the hosting institution of two national centers of excellence - Porelab and QuSpin. The department is responsible for the best recruiting physics study programmes in Norway, both within applied and fundamental physics. It also provides a large set of courses within physics for other study programmes at NTNU.

For more information about the department and its activities, see

Information about PoreLab

PoreLab is a Norwegian Center of Excellence under the auspices of the Research Council of Norway. It was created in 2017 and it is situated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and the University of Oslo.

PoreLab is an interdisciplinary center with joint efforts in theory, computer simulations and experiments, both in fundamental and in more applied directions. The center works to advance the understanding of porous media by developing theories, principles, tools and methods to replace ad hoc approaches to porous media with a fundamental understanding of porous media with relevance in biology, chemistry, geology and geophysics based on fluid mechanics, non-equilibrium thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

Further information about PoreLab can be found here:

The position reports to head of department Erik Wahlström.

About the Employer: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU

Note or Other details

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 NV 124/12 when applying.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Erika Eiser, PoreLab, department of Physics, NTNU, Phone: +44 7540496726 ( For questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR adviser Torunn Elena Myhr,

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