The Department of Physics has a vacancy for a
PhD in Physics: Magnon-phonon coupling in oxide nanostructures
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About the position
We are opening a position for a fully paid ambitious PhD student to be part of
a project exploring the magnon-phonon coupling in oxide nanostructures.
The aim of the candidate is to perform appropriate nanostructuring and
measurements of thin oxide films characterising magnon-phonon coupling through
both local electrical measurements (STM based point contact spectroscopy) as
well as imaging utilising Synchrotron methods. The research will be performed
in a combined local at NTNU and international team.
The local team is a collaboration between the department of physics / QuSpin
(Professor Erik Wahlström - 1 PhD student and 1 PostDoc) and department of
electronic systems and the oxide electronics group (Professor Thomas Tybell,
1 PhD student). Internationally the group will collaborate with Stockholm
University, University of Barcelona and JAIST Kanazawa.
The position reports to Head of department.
Duties of the position
Be responsible for sample design and characterisation of pulsed
propagating wave spectroscopy samples as stand-alone or grown on top
surface acoustic wave patterns.
Have shared responsibility for basis characterisation of magnetodynamic
properties of thin film samples.
Have shared responsibility for combined magnetodynamic/acoustic PEEM based
experiments performed at ALBA, Barcelona (Spain).
Have shared responsibility for STM-based point contact studies of thin
film samples. In home laboratory and in Kanasawa (Japan).
Take part in the Physics PhD program and fulfil the requirements for a PhD
Required selection criteria
You must have a professionally relevant background in experimental
condensed matter physics
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
Strong experimental and theoretical solid state physics background
Electrical measurement techniques / instrumentation
Ability to work outside Norway for extended periods (Barcelona (Spain),
Kanasawa (Japan) and Stockhom (Sweden).
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
Preferred selection criteria
Electrical characterization of solid state system.
Radio frequency / ferromagnetic resonance characterization.
Work in cryogenic sample environments (liquid Helium based).
Competence within nanostructuring
Documented good written and oral English.
High ambition and motivation for experimental work
High ability for group/team-based work.
Well focused and organized.
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
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 a possible extension to 4 years due
to teaching duty at the department of physics.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD
programme within three months of employment, and that you participate in an
organized PhD programme during the employment period.
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to
Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates
who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with
the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of
The position is subject to external funding.
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
About the application
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
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.
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, 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
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
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality
according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural
scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of
200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools,
kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the
world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available.
Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including
international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family
life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.
As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the
development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are
In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name,
age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested
not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Erik Wahlström,
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no 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
134/21 when applying.
Application deadline: 03.01.2022
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