PhD-Position within the Area Biophotonics

Updated: 10 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Feb 2020

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About the position

We have a vacancy for a PhD-position at the Department of Electronic Systems at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The position will be within the area “Biophotonics”.

Biophotonics has enabled significant advancements in life sciences thanks to a number of technological innovations such as advanced imaging and sensing. Very recently, new fabrication techniques based on curable polymeric compounds have reached a degree of accuracy high enough to allow polymeric photonic devices to be fabricated and used. Although the quality is still not comparable with semiconductor- or dielectric-based conventional photonics, such “soft” devices exhibit intriguing features due to the functionalities of the constituent materials. Polymers can be made stimuli-responsive, in particular to light. Light-responsive polymers are organic compounds that possess the ability to change some of their mechanical, morphological, structural, and chemical properties upon irradiation by proper light fields (e.g. depending on wavelength, polarization, and intensity). Light-responsivity in polymers is becoming increasingly interesting in many fields such as soft-robotics, energy harvesting, life science and biomedicine.

The position reports to head of department

Main duties and responsibilities

The proposed activity is focused on the development of a new technology for light-driven, programmable photonic devices. Two main directions are proposed, taking advantage from the same underlying fabrication technology: (i) smart 2D/3D polymeric structures for the manipulation and conditioning of cell cultures (e.g. novel miniaturized architectures for organoid growth, tissue engineering and neuronal circuitry), (ii) micro/nano devices for light management and optical processing (e.g. light-controlled complex radiation sources and all-optical processing devices based on neural networks). The activity involves extensive experimental work in laboratory and clean room as well as computational tasks with established numerical models.

Qualification requirements

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is completion of a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in experimental optics or photonics or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Applicants with no letter grades from previous studies must have an equally good academic foundation. Applicants who are unable to meet these criteria may be considered only if they can document that they are particularly suitable candidates for education leading to a PhD 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 PhD, postdoctor and research assistant

Other qualifications

  • The candidate must have a research-oriented master thesis in experimental optics or photonics
  • Strong background in Physics, Physics Engineering, Optics, Electronics, Nanotechnology or related disciplines
  • experience with programming languages (MatLab, Phyton), simulation software (FDTD, Fourier Modal Methods, Ray Tracing, FEM), data acquisition systems (LabView), clean-room fabrication technology
  • Good written and oral English and Norwegian language skills

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

Personal characteristics

The successful candidate should

  • be creative, independent, and self-motivated
  • be able to work in team
  • possess good skills to deliver oral and written presentations of research results

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

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Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 before tax per year. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 4 years with required duties. Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in Electronic and Telecommunicarion. As a PhD candidate, you undertake to participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period. A condition of appointment is that you are in fact qualified for admission to the PhD programme within three months.

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 criterias 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.

General information

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), information about the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to have their name entered on the list of applicants.

The national labour force must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent, NTNU wants to increase the proportion of women in its scientific posts. Women are encouraged to apply. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( Having a population of 200 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards with low crime rates and little pollution. It also has easy access to a beautiful countryside with mountains and a dramatic coastline.

Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Emiliano Descrovi, e-mail:

About the application:

Publications and other academic works that the applicant would like to be considered in the evaluation must accompany the application. Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's contribution to joint works, the applicant must include a brief description of his or her contribution.

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):

Applicants invited for interview must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2019/37464 when applying.

Application deadline: 01.02.2019

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The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Electronic Systems

The digitalization of Norway is impossible without electronic systems. We are Norway’s leading academic environment in this field, and contribute with our expertise in areas ranging from nanoelectronics, phototonics, signal processing, radio technology and acoustics to satellite technology and autonomous systems. Knowledge of electronic systems is also vital for addressing important challenges in transport, energy, the environment, and health. The Department of Electronic Systems  is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering .

Deadline 1st February 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim

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