Postdoctoral fellowship in physics of microfluidics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 23 Mar 2021

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About the position

A four-year postdoc position is available at Department of Energy and Process Engineering (EPT), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. The position will start in August 2021.

The project will focus on the physics related to the motion of micro/nano size entities in a confined space in response to gradients in an external stimulus such as chemoattraction, chemorepulsion, gradients in light intensity, magnetic fields, temperature, etc. The candidate will be involved in design, fabrication and study of the functionalized entities. Some techniques to be used are micro-PIV and fluorescence microscopy. The fabrication may require experience in working in clean-rooms. 

The selected candidate will join our ongoing activities at the Thermal Two-Phase Flow Laboratory (ThTPFLab) at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU. The group counts with state-of-the-art laboratories for the characterization of thermal flows at the microscale.

The group has been working on different experimental techniques for temperature measurement, such as nanofabrication of temperature sensors in the order of few microns, measurement of the surface temperature field based on high-speed high-resolution infrared (IR) visualization and visualization of the temperature field using laser induce fluorescence. Micro-PIV and an inverted fluorescence microscope are available for characterization of the flow field. Present activities in the group include flow in microchannels for biological applications, acoustofluidics, thermal boundary layers in mini-channels, dropwise condensation and dynamics of droplets on superhydrophobic and super-repellent surfaces.

For more information on the ThTPFLab group, please see this link .

The position will report to Professor Terese Løvås, Head of the Department of Energy and Process Engineering, for employee matters and to Professor Carlos Dorao in day-to-day project management and supervision.

Duties of the position

The successful candidate is expected to:

  • Do research work, in collaboration with other members of the group
  • Assist and collaborate with other Postdoc and PhD candidates in the group
  • Be active in the dissemination of results

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. Completion of a Norwegian doctoral degree in Physics, Fluid Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering or closely related field, or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

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

Essential qualifications and skills:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Physics, Fluid Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence by the application deadline are eligible for appointment.
  • Strong academic qualifications and record of international peer-reviewed publications.
  • Understanding of the physics of fluid is mandatory.
  • Strong documented competence within the field of experimental fluid mechanics, soft matter, optics, microfluidics.
  • Documented experience - in the form of published paper(s) - in performing fluid flow visualization using at least one of the following techniques: micro-PIV, high-speed visualization, or other relevant optical visualization techniques for the position.
  • Hands-on skills with designing and setting up experimental facilities in the lab.
  • Excellent skills in the use of Matlab for data processing and analysis.
  • Good language skills: a good command of both written and spoken English.

Desired qualifications and skills:

  • Knowledge of optics and optical systems
  • Experience with image analysis
  • Experience in optical techniques.
  • Programming experience in Labview and Matlab
  • Experience in the use of COMSOL

Personal characteristics
  • Innovative and curiosity-driven.
  • Scientific and technical proficiency, high ambitions and problem-solving.
  • Interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work together with PhD and/or Master/Bachelor students in the specialty field

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability, in terms of the qualification requirements specified in the advertisement

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Salary and conditions

The employment period is 4 years. 

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 545 300 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 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 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:

  • CV (summarizing education, positions, other qualifying activity)
  • A “qualifications” document explicitly listing each of the above qualifications and briefly describing how you meet each of the “required” qualifications and some or all of the “desired” qualifications. This document should not exceed 2 pages.
  • A complete list of publications and up to 4 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)       

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 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.

According to the 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 Professor Carlos A. Dorao, phone number +47 73598462, e-mail .

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. 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 IV-71/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 23.03.2021.

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