Postdoctoral Fellow in the Field of Unconventional Computing with Nanomagnets job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

In our research group in the Department of Electronic Systems, we seek radical breakthroughs in spin-based device technologies. One of our research visions is to use artificial spin systems as a platform for efficient and powerful data analysis at all scales, from low-power computation in the simplest sensor node to processing accelerated data in the most complex supercomputer. We are currently looking for a postdoctoral fellow to explore 2D artificial spin systems and the case for exploiting these systems for data processing.

This position is part of the EU-funded SpinENGINE project, in which researchers from the Universities of Ghent and Sheffield, ETH Zurich and IBM are jointly pursuing a new approach to computing based on emergent properties , that is, complex and nonlinear behavior in tunable sets of nanomagnets.

The postdoctoral fellow position is a temporary position whose main objective is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

Officially, the position reports to the Head of Department.

Job duties

  • Characterize artificial spin systems using laboratory measurement techniques such as magnetic force microscopy, transport configurations, and magnetometry.
  • Model and simulate the behavior of artificial spin systems and link these studies to experimental results.
  • Actively request beam time at international synchrotron facilities and participate in such measurements, e.g. X-PEEM.
  • Actively participate in the SpinENGINE project (project meetings, workshops etc.).
  • Actively participate in the supervision of master’s students in the group.
  • Promote and disseminate the results of research on the subject through scientific publications.

Selection criteria required

  • You must have obtained a Norwegian doctorate in physics, electronics, nanotechnology or similar, or a corresponding foreign doctorate recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctorate.
  • You must have relevant professional training in nanomagnetism.

The appointment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the national directives for the appointment as doctor, post-doctoral fellow and research assistant

We also require excellent written and oral communication skills. For applicants who are neither native English speakers nor from Scandinavia, the following tests can be used as documentation for English proficiency: TOEFL, Academic IELTS and Cambridge CAE or CPE.
The minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL: 600 (paper test), 92 (internet test)
  • IELTS: 6.5, with no section below 5.5 (only the academic IELTS test is accepted)
  • CAE/CPE: grade B or A.

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Experience in micro- or nanofabrication in a clean room.
  • Experience in micromagnetic modeling.
  • Experience with magnetic imaging techniques (e.g. MFM, X-PEEM, MOKE)

Personal characteristics

  • A high level of personal responsibility, initiative and motivation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Have a problem-solving mindset.
  • Good sense of organization and communication.
  • Take advantage of interdisciplinary research.

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a postdoctoral fellow (code 1352), you are normally paid from NOK 545,300 per year before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The term of employment is 3 years.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Candidates who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU. After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

The position is subject to external funding through the European Horizon 2020 SpinENGINE project.

This is a prerequisite for being present and accessible to the establishment on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documents to be used as the basis for assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only assessed against the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

The request must include:

  • CV, transcripts and bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
  • A short presentation of the motivation for a postdoctoral fellow position.
  • Name and address of two arbitrators

If all or part of your training was taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation on the extent and quality of your overall training. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following criteria for research quality assessment in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified applicants to apply, regardless of gender, functional ability or cultural background.

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great educational opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development of the subject implies and the organizational changes that are adopted.

According to the Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, function and municipality may be made public even if you have requested that your name not be included in the list of candidates.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Assoc. Teacher. Erik Foven, telephone number +47 944 37 094, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. The Diploma Supplement must be attached for European Master’s degrees outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of master’s degree from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for an interview, you must include certified copies of transcripts and letters of reference. Please refer to the application number 2022/9840 when applying.

Application deadline: 27.03.2022.


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Deadline March 27, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Temporary

place of service NTNU Campus Trondheim

Sherry J. Basler