Senior engineer NTNU NanoLab – characterisation/processing

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NTNU NanoLab in Trondheim has an open permanent position for a senior engineer within nanocharacterisation.

NTNU is the foremost technical university in Norway and located in Trondheim. NTNU NanoLab is a cleanroom of class 100-10.000 (ISO 5-7) equipped for nanostructuring and –characterisation by physical, chemical and biological methods. The cleanroom is part of Nano@NTNU, which is a strategic, cross disciplinary initiative at NTNU to promote and coordinate research in nanoscience, nanotechnology and functional materials. NTNU NanoLab is also part of a national infrastructure for micro- and nanofabrication (NorFab) and the European cleanroom consortium EuroNanoLab. The cleanroom is a hands-on infrastructure and is open for students, researchers and industry.

The engineers of NTNU NanoLab are competence holders for the cleanroom and its instrumentation. We have an international, exciting and positive work environment with good opportunities for both professional and personal development. We are currently expanding our technical staff of seven people with new positions. Therefore, we are looking for a senior engineer to contribute in our nanocharacterisation area, as well as to an operator service covering both nanocharacterisation and micro- or nanofabrication techniques.


Work description

Our new engineer will mainly work in the nanocharacterisation area of the cleanroom, which is equipped with several SEMs, two dual-beam FIB instruments, an AFM, optical and stylus profilers, a Micro Raman instrument and several smaller characterisation instruments. The position will contribute to the operator service for nanostructuring and -characterisation currently under development at NTNU NanoLab. The position includes troubleshooting, repair and maintenance of existing characterisation equipment, as well as procurement and installation of new equipment. Our new engineer will give instrument training and user support in addition to administrative tasks and coordination of course activities in the cleanroom.



  • Master/PhD in a relevant field is a requirement. Relevant work experience may compensate for formal education.
  • Relevant work experience.
  • Extensive practical experience with Scanning Electron Microscopy is required.
  • Experience within other micro- and nanocharacterisation techniques (such as AFM, micro Raman, XPS, AES) is    highly beneficial.
  • Experience in micro- or nanofabrication is beneficial, in particular related to biomedical research (e.g. microfluidics, Self Assembling Monolayers, nanoparticle and polymer synthesis). 
  • Experience in servicing and maintaining advanced research equipment, in particular SEMs, is beneficial.
  • Experience in method development for SEM and teaching is beneficial.


About you

The successful candidate is practical, service minded and solution oriented. You wish to optimise and develop the cleanroom workflow and the characterisation equipment performance and share your knowledge with colleagues, cleanroom users and international networks. You have experience from a range of techniques used in NanoLab. You are self-driven and have good co-operation, organisation and prioritisation skills. Personal suitability is of high importance for this position. Good written and oral communication skills in both English and a Scandinavian language are required. Applicants who do not master a Scandinavian language are expected to reach level 3 in NTNU’s Norwegian course within 3 years.


Terms of employment

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants.

At NTNU you will have various and challenging tasks in an international research and development environment.

The position as Senior engineer is remunerated according to the Norwegian State salary scale. There is a 2% deduction for superannuation contribution.

As a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund you are offered:

  • A good pension for life
  • A favorable housing loan interest
  • Good insurance schemes

Norway, like other Scandinavian countries, has generous rules for both maternity and paternity leave. Professional daycare for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life ( Having a population of 180 000, Trondheim is a small city by international standards, and thus has low crime rates, little pollution, and easy access to a beautiful countryside.

NTNU’s personnel policy objective is that the staff must reflect the composition of the population to the greatest possible extent.


The application

Applications with CV, certificates from Master or PhD, possible publications and other scientific works, certified copies of transcripts, and reference letters should be submitted electronically through link at this page. 

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

The reference number of the position is: NV- 123/17


Ida Noddeland
Head of Laboratory
Peter Köllensperger
Director NTNU NanoLab

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