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Ph.D. Research Fellowship in Multimessenger Astroparticle Physics
Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim,
Date Posted 01/18/2021
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

About the position

We have a vacancy for a Ph.D. Research Fellow in the Astroparticle Physics Group of the Physics Department at NTNU. The successful candidate will perform research in Multimessenger Astrophysics. The preferred starting date is September 01, 2021.

You will report to Ass. Prof. Foteini Oikonomou.

Duties of the position

The Ph.D. Research Fellow will focus on modelling the production and propagation of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays, high-energy neutrinos, and the non-thermal electromagnetic emission from astrophysical sources. These calculations are aimed at improving our understanding of the extreme Universe and interpreting the data collected with e.g. the Pierre Auger Observatory, IceCube, and gamma-ray telescopes. Work on code development, and dissemination of the research orally and in writing are expected.

Required selection criteria

  • The Ph.D.-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in Physics or closely related subject at the latest by the time you commence on the Ph.D. programme or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a Ph.D degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as Ph.D., post doctor and research assistant.

  • When assessing your qualifications, we will evaluate your grades, relevant work experience, and publications, if any.
  • You must have good English skills.

Preferred selection criteria

  • We are particularly interested in candidates with prior experience in astroparticle physics and a background in scientific computing.

Personal characteristics

We seek applicants who are scientifically curious and open to new research challenges. Ability to work independently and in a structured manner as well as to work well as part of a team is highly desirable.

We offer

Salary and conditions

Ph.D. candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 482 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years but can be extended to 4 years subject to teaching duties at the Physics Department.

Appointment to a Ph.D. position requires that you are admitted to the Ph.D. programme in Physics (PhD programme in Physics - NTNU) within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized Ph.D. 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 work.

It is a prerequisite that you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

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 above.

The application must include:

  • Cover letter, max. one page (your motivation and background for applying for this Ph.D. position)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research statement, max. two pages (detailing your research experience and research interests)
  • BSc and MSc academic transcripts (please indicate the grading system if it is not evident from the transcripts).
  • If applicable please include any published or unpublished research works that you have participated in. For joint works, please provide a brief description of your participation.
  • Two reference letters to be emailed to by the application deadline (February 8th 2021) by your academic referees.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

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

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 adopted.

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 Ass.Prof. Foteini Oikonomou.

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 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-05/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 08.02.2021

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.

Department of Physics

Our research and teaching are both experimental and theoretical, covering a wide range of disciplines. Our activities contribute to development of new medical technology and to finding solutions for the next generation’s communication technology, energy utilization and development of materials. The Department of Physics is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Deadline 8th February 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen

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