PhD positions in the field of unconventional computing with nanomagnets job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

The Department of Electronic Systems has up to two vacant PhD positions in the field of unconventional computing with nanomagnets.

In our research group, 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 PhD candidate to explore 2D artificial spin systems and explore the case where such systems could be exploited for data processing.

These positions are part of the SPrINTER project funded by the Research Council of Norway and NTNU. In the SPrINTER project, experts in the fields of nanotechnology and computing are joining forces to create a radically new technology for low-power wireless devices that do not require batteries to operate. We propose a technology based on the unique properties of nanomagnets to achieve our ambitious goal. Learn more about SPrINTER at

For a doctoral position, the objective is a complete doctoral training until obtaining a doctorate.

Officially, the position reports to the Head of Department.

Job duties

  • Actively participate in the multidisciplinary activity of the research group (project meetings, workshops, etc.).
  • Characterize artificial spin systems using laboratory measurement techniques such as magnetic force microscopy, magneto-optical Kerr 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.
  • Fabricate nanomagnetic systems using clean room facilities.
  • 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.
  • Contribute to the teaching activities of the department (permanent work).

Selection criteria required

  • You must have relevant professional training in physics, nanoelectronics or equivalent.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian study program, 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 program, or equivalent education, equal to B or better on the NTNU grading scale. If you don’t have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you have a lower academic level, you can be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for doctoral training.
  • You must meet the conditions for admission to the doctoral program of the faculty.

Candidates who are about to complete their masters studies are also encouraged to apply.

The appointment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research National guidelines for the appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Experience in the field of nanomagnetism.
  • Experience in micro- or nanofabrication in a clean room.
  • Fluency in written and oral English.
  • Interest in computer-simulated experiments.

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

Personal characteristics

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

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a doctoral student (code 1017) you are normally paid from NOK 491,200 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 4 years with 25% service work.

Appointment to a doctoral position requires you to be admitted to the Doctor of Electronics and Telecommunications (PHET) program within three months of employment and to participate in an organized doctoral program during the period of employment.

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.

It is a prerequisite to be present and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

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

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:

  • A short cover letter (1-2 pages) describing your motivation to apply for this position, your suitability for this position, relevant qualifications and your research interests.
  • CV, certificates and diplomas.
  • Bachelor’s and master’s transcripts and diplomas.
  • Name, current affiliation and email address of at least 2 people who will provide you with references.
  • If you have publications or other relevant research.

If all or part of your training was taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation on the extent and quality of all of your training, both bachelor’s and master’s, in addition to other graduate studies. 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 the 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 Public 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 the Associate Professor Erik Folventelephone number +47 94437094, 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 2022/17795 when applying.

Application deadline: 22.06.2022.

NTNU – knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Electronic Systems Department

Digitizing Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field and provide expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also essential to meet important challenges in transport, energy, environment and health. The Department of Electronic Systems is one of the seven departments of the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

Deadline June 22, 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