Postdoctoral Fellow in Simulations of Multi-Contact Superlubricty job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU

About the job

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Materials Group at Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

We are looking for you with a background in non-equilibrium simulation, ideally, but not necessarily, with a background in surface science or nanoscale friction or dissipative particle dynamics. The position is part of the EIC Pathfinder SSLiP (Scaling SuperLubricity into Persistence) project. The driving concept behind SSLiP is structural superlubricity, extremely low friction that occurs at lattice mismatch between clean, flat, and rigid crystalline surfaces. Structural superlubricity is currently a laboratory curiosity limited to the micrometer scale and laboratory times.

The objective of the position is to study and understand the behavior of collections of superlubric contacts of 2D materials under non-ideal conditions, such as roughness and non-uniform loads. The SSLiP project aims to develop new ways for superlubrication to survive in less than ideal conditions and to bring superlubrication to the macro scale to impact real-world products.

Friction between moving parts and associated wear and tear is estimated to be directly responsible for 25% of global energy consumption, meaning any significant reduction could have a huge technological and societal impact.

The simulations will be combined with individual contact simulations performed by another postdoc at NTNU. You will interact closely with experimental and theoretical scientists working on single and multi-asperity contacts, to relate the different length scales and build a coherent framework. The SSLiP project involves close collaboration with groups in Dublin, Munich, Amsterdam, Lyon and Milan. The postdoctoral fellow position is a temporary position whose main objective is to qualify for work in senior academic positions.

Your immediate boss is the teacher.

Job duties

  • perform superlubric contact simulations under various conditions
  • work closely with other scientists working on atomistic and mesoscale simulations
  • support and collaborate closely with experimenters
  • interpret the results and help develop simplified models to combat superlubric multicontact slippage
  • use the new understanding to suggest conditions that will lead to robust and long-lasting superlubrication

Selection criteria required

  • you must have obtained a Norwegian doctorate or a corresponding foreign doctorate recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctorate in physics, chemistry, materials science or a similar field
  • you must have relevant professional experience in molecular dynamics simulations, for example using LAMMPS or GROMACS, or Dissipative Particle Dynamics
  • you must have experience writing simulations from scratch
  • you must have a history of solid publications and/or conference attendance in relevant fields
  • you need good written and spoken English skills

The appointment is to be made in accordance with Regulations on the conditions of employment for positions such as postdoctoral fellow, doctoral candidate, research assistant and specialist candidate.

Preferred Selection Criteria

  • surface science experiment
  • nanotribology experiment
  • experiment with the dynamics of dissipative particles

Personal characteristics

  • very motivated
  • able to work both in a research team and to carry out personal research projects
  • enthusiasm for basic and applied research

Emphasis will be placed on personal and interpersonal qualities.

We offer

Salary and conditions

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

The term of employment is 2 years.

The commitment must be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Officials, and acts 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:

  • CV and certificates
  • complete list of publications
  • transcripts and bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • academic work – published or unpublished – that you would like to see considered in the assessment (up to 10 items)
  • name and address of three arbitrators

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 the research quality assessment criteria according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment – DORA.

general informations

Owork 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 is actively working 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 done in accordance with Current legislation. You will be notified if the reservation is not accepted.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Professor Astrid de Wijn, email [email protected] If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact HR Consultant Linn-Cecilie Felle, email: [email protected]

If you think this sounds interesting and matches 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: 02.10.2022



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Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

We train graduates who can create new products, operate and maintain products, and manage projects. The Department offers a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. We conduct extensive research in areas such as technology, energy, product quality and development, and productivity. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is one of the eight departments of the Faculty of Engineering.

Deadline October 2, 2022

Employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Municipality Trondheim

Scope Full time

Duration Temporary

place of service Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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