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Postdoctoral Fellow in Simulations of Multi-Contact Superlubricty job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU


About the position 

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Materials Group at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

We are looking for you with a background in non-equilibrium simulations, ideally, but not necessarily, with experience in surface science or nano-scale friction or dissipative particle dynamics. The position is part of the EIC Pathfinder project SSLiP (Scaling SuperLubricity into Persistence). The driving concept behind SSLiP is structural superlubricity, extremely low friction that takes place at a lattice misfit between clean, flat, rigid crystalline surfaces. Structural superlubricity is currently a lab curiosity limited to micrometer scale and laboratory times.

The goal of the position is to investigate and understand behaviour of collections of superlubric contacts of 2D materials under non-ideal conditions, such as roughness and nonuniform loads. The SSLiP project aims to develop new ways for superlubricity to survive in non-ideal conditions, and bring superlubricity to the macroscale to impact real-life products. 

Friction between moving parts and the associated wear are estimated to be directly responsible for 25% of the world’s energy consumption, which means that any significant reduction could have enormous technological and societal impact.

The simulations will be combined with simulations of individual contacts performed by another postdoc at NTNU.  You will interact closely with experimental and theoretical scientists working on  with both single- and multi-asperity contacts, to bridge the different length scales and build a coherent framework. The SSLiP project involves close collaboration with groups in Dublin, Munich, Amsterdam, Lyon, and Milan. The postdoctoral fellowship position is a temporary position where the main goal is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

Your immediate leader is Professor.

Duties of the position

  • perform simulations of superlubric contacts under various conditions
  • work closely together with other scientists working on atomistic and meso-scale simulations
  • support and collaborate closely with experimentalists
  • interpret results and help develop simplified models to tackle multi-contact superlubric sliding
  • use the new understanding to suggest conditions that will lead to robust and long-lasting superlubricity

Required selection criteria

  • you must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science, or a similar field
  • you must have a professionally relevant background in molecular-dynamics simulations, for example using LAMMPS or GROMACS, or Dissipative Particle Dynamics
  • you must have experience with writing simulations from scratch
  • you must have a history of solid publications and/or conference attendance in relevant fields
  • you need good written and oral English language skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on terms of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, Ph.D Candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred selection criteria

  • experience with surface science
  • experience with nanotribology
  • experience with dissipative particle dynamics

Personal characteristics

  • highly motivated
  • able to work both in a research team as well as carry out personal research projects
  • enthusiasm for fundamental and applied research

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer 

Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 563 500 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 2 years.

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.

The position is subject to external funding.

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

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.  

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include: 

  • CV and certificates
  • complete list of publciations
  • transcripts and diplomas for bachelor’s-, master’s- and PhD degrees
  • academic works – published or unpublished – that you would like to be considered in the assessment (up to 10 items)
  • 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. 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 participation. 

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 candidates. 

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 

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect Norway’s culturally diverse population and we continuously seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with global top-ranking institutions and carry out our social responsibilities within education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender identity, ability status, periods of unemployment or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU is working actively to increase the number of women employed in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality. 

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. 

A public list of applicants with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you want to reserve yourself from entry on the public applicant list, this must be justified. Assessment will be made in accordance with current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Astrid de Wijn, email astrid.dewijn@ntnu.no. If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Linn-Cecilie Felle, e-mail: linn.c.felle@ntnu.no

If you think this looks interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV, diplomas and certificates attached. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Upon request, you must be able to obtain certified copies of your documentation. 

Application deadline: 02.10.2022

NTNU

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 Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We educate graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department has a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes. We conduct wide-ranging research in fields such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of eight departments in the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline 2nd October 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Fulltime

Duration Temporary

Place of service Dept. Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



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