About the position
We welcome applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). We especially encourage women to apply for this position.
The selected candidate will join a growing and multifaceted research team funded by the H2020 ERC Consolidator Grant LOVE-NEST (PI: M. Linares). The ERC team’s main focus is the study of compact two-millisecond pulsars, which have an impact on a wide range of scientific topics (including supermassive neutron stars, nuclear physics, gravitational wave astronomy, cosmic rays, accretion flows and stellar winds).
The position is for a term of two years, with the possibility of extending it to a third year dependent on the performance of the selected candidate. Longer extensions may be possible if the researcher succeeds in securing independent funds/positions, through competitive national/international calls. The start date is mutually acceptable, and is expected in February 2023.
The center is located in Trondheim: a vibrant and multicultural city surrounded by stunning landscapes and the third largest municipality in Norway (famous for its tech capital). NTNU is the largest university in the country and offers excellent working conditions.
About the group
The Astrophysics and Particle Physics (APP) group conducts research in high-energy astrophysics, astroparticle physics and multi-wavelength astronomy, as well as particle physics. Her current scientific interests include compact objects, cosmic rays, multi-message physics, dark matter, active galactic nuclei, and quantum dynamics.
The APP group is part of the Physics Department, which currently employs about 180 people. On average, about 2,000 NTNU students take courses in the Department of Physics every year.
Duties of the position
The Postdoctoral Research Fellow will work on topics related to compact two-millisecond pulsars (also known as “spiders”) within the LOVE-NEST team. He or she is expected to implement an independent research programme, investigating particle acceleration and transmission in pulsars and related systems. The main scientific focus is on the high-energy processes that lead to the production of cosmic rays, neutrinos, and gamma rays in compact binaries.
Required selection criteria
- You must have completed a Norwegian PhD or a corresponding foreign PhD that is recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian PhD in astronomy or astrophysics, or its equivalent (by the job start date).
- Published experience in astroparticle physics
- Strong publication record in high-impact journals
- Communicate in English fluently, both in writing and orally
Recruitment must be made in accordance with regulations regarding conditions of employment for positions such as post-doctoral fellow, doctoral candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.
Preferred selection criteria
- Published experience in neutrino or gamma ray astronomy
- Research experience in binary systems and embedded objects
- Proven experience in models of cosmic ray acceleration and transmission
- Social and collaborative skills (the ability to work in a team and contribute to its success)
- Enthusiasm for science
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Salary and conditions
As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are usually paid out of the total NOK 563,500 per year before taxes, and 2% of salary is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
The term of office is two years, with the possibility of extending it to a third year provided the performance of the selected candidate.
Participation must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force with regard to state and civil servants, acts related to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technology. Candidates deemed by application and facility evaluation to be inconsistent with the criteria in the latest NTNU Recruitment Act will be prohibited.
After the appointment you should assume that there may be changes in the field of work.
The position is subject to external funding.
It is a prerequisite that you can be present and accessible to the organization on a daily basis.
About the app
The application and supporting documents to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.
Publications and other scholarly work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available at the application deadline. You must ensure that your application clearly demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the criteria outlined above.
If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have an atypical occupation and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the amount of your research may decrease as a result.
The application must include:
- Cover letter (summarize your background and motivation for applying; max 1 pixel)
- Curriculum vitae (maximum 4p; and most important certificates/diplomas, with English translation if necessary)
- List of publications (briefly describe your contribution in the case of large collaborations; max. 4 points)
- Two letters of reference sent directly from the academic references to email@example.com
If all or parts of your education are transferred overseas, we also ask you to attach documents relating to the entire scope and quality of your education. A description of the required documents can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to determine your contribution to the joint business, you should attach a brief description of your participation.
In evaluating the best-qualified candidate, emphasis will be given to education, experience, and personal and character traits. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.
NTNU is committed to following the evaluation criteria for search quality in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Evaluation – DORA.
Work in NTNU
NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity are an asset. We want our faculty and staff to reflect the culturally diverse population of Norway and we are constantly striving to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision-making processes, raise employee satisfaction, compete academically with world-class institutions and carry out our social responsibilities in 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 actively working to increase the number of women working in scientific positions and has a number of resources to promote equality.
Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens, and universal equality, is perhaps the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is readily available. Moreover, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools), possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life, has low crime rates and clean air quality.
As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times comply with changes involved in subject development and organizational changes that are approved.
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 being on the general list of applicants, this should be justified. The assessment will be carried out in accordance with the current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.
If you have any questions about the application, please contact Magnus Gautvik (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Manuel Linares (email@example.com).
If you think this sounds interesting and matches 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 should be able to obtain certified copies of your documents.
Application deadline: 15.11.22
NTNU – Knowledge for a Better World
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can transform everyday life.
Our research and teaching are both experimental and theoretical, and cover a wide range of disciplines. Our activities contribute to the development of new medical technology and solutions for next-generation communication technology, energy use and materials development. The Department of Physics is one of the eight departments in the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
Limit November 15, 2022
employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Domain full time
Period fixed duration
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