Post doctor in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Physics

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Faculty of Natural Sciences
Department of Physics


Post doctor in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics


A postdoctoral research position within the field of theoretical condensed matter physics is available at the Department of Physics. The anticipated starting date is 1 August 2018, and the appointment has a minimal duration of 3 years, with possibly an extension of 1 year. The position is financed by The Research Council of Norway.


Information about the department

The position is organized in the Department of Physics. Currently, there are 27 professors, 10 associate professors, 7 adjunct professors, 70 PhD research fellows and 24 postdoctoral researchers appointed at the Department of Physics. Further information is available at:


Our research spans a broad spectrum of natural sciences and technology, which in turn allows us to offer an education that provides a solid basis for future careers. Physics research is carried out in experimental as well as theoretical fields, often across conventional boundaries between disciplines. Our central research areas are biophysics, nanoscience, surface physics, modern optics, astrophysics, solar energy, materials science, and medical technology. Research staff at the institute makes a special effort to increase the awareness and understanding of the importance and impact of physics in our society.


Job description

The research will be carried out in the division of Theoretical Physics, and will be focused on electronic and nuclear spin and charge dynamics in solid-state nanostructures, motivated by rapid recent experimental progress in the field of quantum information and computation. More specifically, the research is anticipated to concern so-called exchange-only qubits, where quantum information is encoded in the combined spin state of multiple electrons localized in a GaAs- or Si-based multi-quantum-dot structure. The aim of the research will be to understand better the (combined) effects of hyperfine and spin-orbit interaction, charge noise, and valley effects on the performance of the qubit. Numerical simulations as well as analytic investigations with simple toy models are expected to be part of the research.



The successful applicant is highly competent, motivated and ambitious. He/she should hold a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics or another relevant field, and must have an excellent track record. Since part of the research might involve performing numerical simulations, experience with Matlab or Python is preferred. Other required qualifications are the competence to carry out goal-oriented work, good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results, and good cooperation abilities.


The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language. Applicants from non-English-speaking countries outside Europe must document their English skills by an approved test.


Terms of employment

The appointment will be made according to Norwegian guidelines for universities and university colleges and to the general regulations regarding university employees.


NTNU has a personnel policy objective that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.


The position as Post doctor is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.


Further information can be obtained from Associate Professor Jeroen Danon, Department of Physics, NTNU, e-mail:


The application

The application should contain a CV, a short statement on the applicant’s personal qualifications and motivation for the application (not exceeding 1 page), a certificate from the Ph.D. degree, a list of publications and other scientific works, documentation on an English language proficiency test (if applicable), and contact details of two references. Applications must be submitted electronically through


Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.


The reference number of the position is NV-35/18

Application deadline: 30.04.2018

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