Vacant positions


We have a vacancy for a PhD position in Soft Matter Physics at PoreLab, Department of Physics, NTNU. The appointments have a duration of 3 years with the possibility of until 1-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the department. The PhD student should start no later than January 2023.
The position is organized at the Department of Physics in close collaboration with the Center of Excellence PoreLab.

Duties of the position

The PhD project will focus on the experimental study of a new class of biomimetic nano-composites made of natural clays and biopolymers. Aqueous mixtures of such binary systems self-assemble, when dried, to form mechanically tough, transparent films (P. Xu et al., Soft Matter 16, 5497 (2020)). The films sub-micron structure resembles that of natural nacre encountered in seashells and other sea animals. In this project the student will explore the fundamental driving forces determining the interactions between biopolymers and the solid interfaces of naturally occurring clays, employing a variety of tools, such as optical and electron microscopy, rheology and x-ray scattering as well as spectroscopy methods. The long-term goal will be the development of sustainable and flexible coatings for a new generation of solar cells. This project will be done in close collaboration with Professor Dag W. Breiby (, Dept. Physics; Head of the X-ray group) and the Univ. of Cambridge, Prof. Eiser is associated with.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.


Required selection criteria

  • You must have a professionally relevant background in physics.
  • Your education must correspond to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are obtained at master’s level
  • You must have a strong academic background in physics, or equivalent education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU’s grading scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are particularly suitable for a PhD education.
  • You must meet the requirements for admission to the faculty’s doctoral program.
  • The successful candidate should have an interest in experimental soft matter physics.
  • Good written and oral English language skills.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant  

Preferred selection criteria

  • Knowledge in computational physics and programming skills is welcome and will be needed for the project.

Deadline to apply: 24 June 2022


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

We are looking for a candidate with a background in non-equilibrium molecular-dynamics, ideally, but not necessarily, with experience in surface science or nano-scale friction.  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  superlubric contacts of 2D materials under non-ideal conditions, such as high or 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 experiments of individual contacts, as well as chemistry characterisation, multi-contact experiments, and multiscale simulations to bridge the different length scales and build a coherent framework. The SSLiP project involves close collaboration with experimental and theoretical 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.

Important information:

  • The period of employment is 2 years
  • Applications must be sent via (here)
  • Deadline to submit an application is: 15 May 2022


There is an open position as PhD research fellow available at PoreLab at the Njord Center, University of Oslo

Important information:

  • The PhD position is of 3 years duration.
  • If the candidate has the necessary qualifications and based on the teaching need of the department, the candidate can apply for an additional 25% teaching duty resulting in a total length of the fellowship of 4 years
  • No one can be appointed for more than one PhD research fellowship period at the University of Oslo
  • starting date as soon as possible and no later than 01.10.2022
  • Deadline to apply: 15 May 2022


There is an open position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow available at PoreLab at the Njord Centre.

Important information:

  • No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.
  • Applications must be sent via (here)
  • Deadline to submit an application is 15 May 2022
  • Starting date no later than 01.10.2022.

Applicants are invited for a 2-year position as a Postdoctoral Follow in Porous Media Physics at PoreLab  at the Njord Centre with a starting date before the 1st October 2022. The position is funded by the Research Council of Norwegian through the project M4: Mixing in Multiphase Flow through Microporous Media. The project is hosted at Njord and also involves participants from the University of Rennes and SINTEF Digital.

The appointment is a 2-year full-time position focused on the development and application of experimental techniques and image analysis methods to study the problem of solute mixing in multiphase flows through porous media. The main goal of the position is, for the first time, to enable direct imaging of chaotic mixing in multiphase 3D porous media flows. The applicant will be responsible for developing table-top experimental setups to study the mixing dynamics of a solute in single and immiscible two-phase flows in porous media. A 2D setup is currently being developed by researchers at PoreLab and the applicant will further develop this system as well as extend it to 3D.

This development will leverage the expertise and experimental facilities at the partner groups at PoreLab, UiO, and at the University of Rennes. The candidate is expected to undertake extended stays at the latter group to develop the 3D experimental techniques.

In addition to the experimental work, the candidate is expected to develop image analysis routines to process the experimental data and to actively contribute to theoretical model development. The applicant is also expected to engage in outreach activity connected to the research activity at PoreLab and Njord.

PhD Position Available at the Laboratory of Interdisciplinaire Physique LIPHY, Grenoble, France

Available Sep/Oct 2022
Acoustic Response of Fluid Adsorption and Transport in Nanoporous Materials: Molecular Simulation and Theory
Benoit Coasne’s Research Group (

Postdoc position available at the CNRS of Lyon, France, on patterns, dynamics and phase transitions of nano-confined, salty water

Expected start date is Summer 2022 (Spring/Fall 2022 also possible).

Duration (~2 years) and salary (~32-48k€ gross/year) depend on experience.