The Department of physics has a vacancy for a
PhD POSITION IN OPTICAL STUDIES OF BINARY MILLISECOND PULSARS
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About the position
We welcome applications for one PhD position at the Department of Physics of
the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
The selected candidate will join a growing and multifaceted research team
funded by the H2020 ERC Consolidator Grant LOVE-NEST (PI: M. Linares). The
main focus of the ERC team is the study of compact binary millisecond pulsars,
which has an impact on a broad range of science topics (including super-
massive neutron stars, nuclear physics, gravitational wave astronomy, cosmic
rays, accretion flows and pulsar winds).
The position has a duration of three years, with a possible extension to a
fourth year contingent on availability and optional teaching duties. The
expected start date is January 2022.
The position is based in Trondheim: a vibrant multicultural city surrounded by
beautiful landscapes and the third largest municipality in Norway (renowned
as its technological capital). NTNU is the largest University in the country
and provides excellent working conditions.
About the group
The Astrophysics and Particle Physics (APP) Group carries out research in
high-energy astrophysics, astroparticle physics and multi-wavelength
astronomy, as well as particle physics. Its current scientific interests
include compact objects, cosmic ray production, transport and detection,
astrophysical neutrinos, active galactic nuclei and quantum chromodynamics.
The APP Group is part of the Department of Physics, which currently employs
about 160 people. On average some 2000 NTNU students follow courses at the
Department of Physics every year.
Duties of the position
The PhD candidate will work on topics related to compact binary millisecond
pulsars (aka “spiders”) within the LOVE-NEST team. She or he is expected to
implement, analyze and capitalize a large ground-based optical survey of
spiders and related systems
Required selection criteria
A MSc in Astronomy or Astrophysics (by the start date of the position)
Experience in observational optical astronomy (photometry)
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 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
program(https: // www. ntnu.edu/studies/phfy)
Fluent English communication,written and oral.
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
Hands-on experience in ground-based astronomical observations
Published experience in optical surveys and photometry
Knowledge of astronomical software for optical data analysis (IRAF/PyRAF,
Astropy, SIMBAD, Starlink)
Enthusiasm for science
Social and collaborative skills (ability to work in a team and contribute
to its success)
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
Ample budget for travel, computing equipment and other work expenses
Access to the computer cluster at the Department of Physics
Access to telescope time through dedicated ERC funds and the Nordic
Salary and conditions
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at
gross from NOK 482 200 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 a fourth year
contingent on availability and optional teaching duties.
Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD
programme in physics(https: // www. ntnu.edu/studies/phfy) 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:
Cover letter (summarize your background and motivation to apply; max.
CV (max. 4p; and the most important certificates/diplomas, with English
translation when necessary)
List of publications (briefly describe your contribution in the case of
large collaborations; max. 4p)
Two reference letters sent directly by the academic references to
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 Professor Manuel
Linares, , email Manuel.Linares@ntnu.no. . If you have any questions about the
recruitment process, please contact Magnus Gautvik, e-mail:
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 NV
70/21 when applying.
Application deadline: 31.07.21
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