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Postdoctoral Fellow in Surface science – NTNU, Norway, 2022


Postdoctoral Fellow position is available with a background in non-equilibrium molecular-dynamics, ideally, but not necessarily, with experience in surface science or nano-scale friction at the Materials Group at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, NTNU, Norway, 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
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Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: 545 300 NOK/Year

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway


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Qualification Details

  • you must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD
  • you must have a professionally relevant background in molecular-dynamics simulations, for example using LAMMPS or GROMACS
  • a history of solid publications and/or conference attendance in relevant fields
  • 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 national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant 

Preferred selection criteria

  • experience with surface science
  • experience with nanotribology
  • experience with simulating 2D materials

Personal characteristics

  • highly motivated
  • able to work both in a research team as well as carry out personal research projects
  • enthusiasm for fundamental and applied research

Responsibilities/Job Description

We are looking for a candidate with a background in non-equilibrium molecular-dynamics, ideally, but not necessarily, with experience in surface science or nano-scale friction.  The position is part of the EIC Pathfinder project SSLiP (Scaling SuperLubricity into Persistence).  The driving concept behind SSLiP is structural superlubricity, extremely low friction that takes place at a lattice misfit between clean, flat, rigid crystalline surfaces. Structural superlubricity is currently a lab curiosity limited to micrometer scale and laboratory times.

The goal of the position is to investigate and understand behaviour of  superlubric contacts of 2D materials under non-ideal conditions, such as high or nonuniform loads. The SSLiP project aims to develop new ways for superlubricity to survive in non-ideal conditions, and bring superlubricity to the macroscale to impact real-life products.  Friction between moving parts and the associated wear are estimated to be directly responsible for 25% of the world's energy consumption, which means that any significant reduction could have enormous technological and societal impact.

The simulations will be combined with experiments of individual contacts, as well as chemistry characterisation, multi-contact experiments, and multiscale simulations to bridge the different length scales and build a coherent framework. The SSLiP project involves close collaboration with experimental and theoretical groups in Dublin, Munich, Amsterdam, Lyon, and Milan. The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

  • perform simulations of superlubric contacts under various conditions
  • interpret results and help develop simplified models to tackle multi-contact superlubric sliding
  • use the new understanding to suggest conditions that will lead to robust and long-lasting superlubricity

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
Ref. No.: IV-102/22

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.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The application must include:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • complete list of publications
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's-, master's- and PhD degrees.
  • academic works - published or unpublished - that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 items)
  • name and address of three referees

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. Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.

About the Department/Section/Group

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

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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 IV-102/22 when applying.

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Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 545 300 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

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Contact details

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Astrid de Wijn, email [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Linn-Cecilie Felle, e-mail: [email protected]

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