Particle physics research

Postdoctoral researcher in astroparticle physics job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the position

We welcome applications for a postdoctoral research position at the Department of Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). We particularly 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 is mainly focused on the study of compact millisecond binary pulsars, which have an impact on a wide range of scientific subjects (including supermassive neutron stars, nuclear physics, gravitational wave astronomy , cosmic rays, accretionary flows and pulsar winds).

The position has a duration of two years, with a possible extension to a third year depending on the performance of the selected candidate. Longer extensions may be possible if the researcher is successful in securing independent funding/positions, through competitive national/international calls. The start date is mutually acceptable and expected around February 2023.

The position is based in Trondheim: a vibrant multicultural city surrounded by beautiful scenery and the third largest municipality in Norway (recognized as its technology 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. His current scientific interests include compact objects, cosmic ray and multi-messenger physics, dark matter, active galactic nuclei, and quantum chromodynamics.

The APP group is part of the physics department, which currently employs about 180 people. On average, some 2,000 NTNU students attend classes in the Department of Physics each year.

Job duties

The postdoctoral researcher will work on topics related to compact millisecond binary pulsars (aka “spiders”) within the LOVE-NEST team. She or he will be expected to conduct an independent research program and study particle acceleration and transport in pulsars and related systems. The main scientific focus is on the high-energy processes leading to the production of cosmic rays, neutrinos and gamma rays in close-packed binaries.

Selection criteria required

  • You must have obtained a Norwegian doctorate or a corresponding foreign doctorate recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctorate in astronomy or astrophysics, or equivalent (at the start date of the position).
  • Published experiment in astroparticle physics
  • A solid record of publications in high-impact journals
  • Fluent communication in English, written and oral

The appointment must be made in accordance with the Regulations on the Conditions of Employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, doctoral candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • Published experiment in neutrino or gamma-ray astronomy
  • Research experience in binary systems and compact objects
  • Demonstrated experience with cosmic ray acceleration and transport models

Personal characteristics

  • Social and collaborative skills (ability to work in a team and contribute to its success)
  • Enthusiasm for science
  • Independent
  • Systematic

We offer

Salary and conditions

As a postdoctoral fellow (code 1352), you are normally paid from NOK 563,500 gross per year before tax. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian civil service pension fund.

The position has a duration of two years, with the possibility of extension up to a third year depending on the performance of the selected candidate.

The engagement must be carried out in accordance with the regulations in force concerning employees and civil servants of the State and the laws relating to the control of the export of strategic goods, services and technologies. Applicants who, after evaluation of the application and attachment, are found to conflict with the criteria of the latter Act will be barred from recruitment at NTNU.

After the appointment, you should assume that there may be changes in the working area.

The position is externally funded.

This is a prerequisite for being present and accessible to the establishment on a daily basis.

About the application

The application and supporting documents to be used as the basis for assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only assessed against the information available at the application deadline. You should ensure that your application clearly indicates how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out above.

If for any reason you have interrupted your career or have had an atypical career and wish to reflect this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the amount of your research may be reduced.

The request must include:

  • Cover letter (summarize your background and your motivation to apply; max. 1p)
  • CV (max. 4p; and the most important certificates/diplomas, with English translation if necessary)
  • List of publications (briefly describe your contribution in the case of major collaborations; max. 4p)
  • Two reference letters sent directly by Academic References to [email protected]

If all or part of your training was completed abroad, we also ask that you attach documentation on the extent and quality of your overall training. The description of the required documentation can be found here. If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach it as well.

Joint work will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint work, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In evaluating the most qualified candidate, emphasis will be placed on education, experience, and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions and potential will also count in the evaluation of candidates.

NTNU is committed to following criteria for research quality assessment in accordance with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Working at NTNU

NTNU believes that inclusion and diversity is a strength. We want our faculty and staff to reflect the cultural diversity of the Norwegian population and we continually seek to hire the best minds. This enables NTNU to increase productivity and innovation, improve decision-making processes, increase employee satisfaction, compete academically with the world’s top institutions, and meet our social responsibilities. in education and research. NTNU emphasizes accessibility and encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender identity, ability, periods of unemployment, or ethnic and cultural background.

NTNU works 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 Norway’s innovation capital with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including health care, schools, kindergartens and general equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Subsidized professional day care for children is easily accessible. Additionally, Trondheim offers great education opportunities (including international schools) and opportunities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has a low crime rate and clean air. own.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development of the subject implies and the organizational changes that are adopted.

A public list of candidates with name, age, job title and municipality of residence is prepared after the application deadline. If you wish to reserve an inscription on the public list of candidates, this must be justified. The evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the legislation in force. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the app, please contact Magnus Gautvik ([email protected]).

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Manuel Linares ([email protected]).

If you think this sounds interesting and in line with your qualifications, please submit your application electronically via 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: 15.11.22


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Deadline November 15, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Determined time

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