Researcher Position in Particle Engineering Center job with NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – NTNU


About the spot

The Particle Engineering Center ( at the Department of Chemical Engineering, a position as a research assistant with foundation is to be filled as soon as possible.

The Particle Engineering Center (PEC) at the Department of Chemical Engineering, NTNU was established in early 2021. The basis for the research at the center is extensive experience in particle synthesis and characterization, which has only recently been put into practice as part of the COVID-19 test procedure developed at NTNU. The aim of the center is the further development of scientific knowledge within basic research and applied particle technology. Current research activities focus on the synthesis, characterization and tailoring of particles for use in nanomedicine and environmental applications.

During the first 4 years, the researcher will work partly (75%) in the innovation project for the industrial sector (IPN) “Nanoparticle-based diagnostic solutions”. The project is a collaboration between Lybe Scientific A/S and NTNU’s Departments of Chemical Engineering and Clinical and Molecular Medicine, funded by the Research Council of Norway. This project aims to expand nanoparticle-based bead technology and develop a wider range of functionalized and specialized magnetic nanoparticles, robust and continuous production processes and integrated solutions for a wide range of clinical applications and research within the company’s portfolio. The remaining portion of the position (25%) will be associated with ongoing R&D and administration/management activities within the Particle Engineering Center and Core Facility. Future research projects are based on the candidate’s research interests within the Center’s research portfolio and are dependent on incoming national and international research funding jointly applied for through the Center and/or other means.

You will report to Associate Professor Sulalit Bandyopadhyay.

duties of the position

Research work currently includes:

  • Synthesis and functionalization of inorganic and polymeric nanoparticles using bottom-up approaches.
  • Characterization using state-of-the-art infrastructure at the Particle Engineering Core Facility, NTNU NanoLab and other laboratories in the Department of Chemical Engineering.
  • Functionalization of nanoparticles for biodiagnostics including nucleic acid extraction.
  • Development of multimodal nanoplatforms for sensors, targeting, imaging, etc. in nanomedicine.
  • Design of experiments and statistical analysis of datasets.

Future research may also include:

  • Understanding the formation of nanoparticles using experimental and modeling approaches.
  • Tailor-made nanoparticles for environmental resource management in various application areas, which are the focus of the research portfolio of the Particle Engineering Center

The candidate will be actively involved in writing and publishing articles.

Administrative work includes:

  • Administrative tasks related to projects in the center.
  • Administrative responsibilities related to instruments, users and projects in the Particle Engineering Core Facility.
  • Sample analysis and reporting for projects.
  • Collaboration with engineers and technicians in the Particle Engineering Core Facility.

The candidate is actively involved in preparing research proposals and raising research funds in close cooperation with the center manager.

The candidate is expected to actively participate in the activities of the Particle Engineering Center, including mentoring and co-supervision of students. More information about the research team can be found here:

Travel related to conferences, meetings, workshops may be expected as part of the position.

Required Selection Criteria

  • PhD in chemical engineering or related fields with specialization in synthesis, functionalization and characterization of nanomaterials. The dissertation must have dealt with one of the application areas that fall within the thematic areas of the center. Further details on the research portfolio of the center can be found here:
  • Current promotion. No more than 2-4 years may have passed since the award of the degree.
  • Strong experimental background in the synthesis and functionalization of magnetic and/or plasmonic nanomaterials via bottom-up approaches.
  • Proven experience in characterization techniques such as electron microscopy, spectroscopy, light scattering, etc.
  • Programming knowledge in Matlab, Python, FORTRAN or similar.
  • Solid background in data and/or statistical analysis.
  • Good written and spoken English skills.

Preferred selection criteria

  • Experience with administrative/leadership tasks is considered an advantage.
  • Experience in modeling or simulation approaches such as molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo, etc. is preferred.
  • Experience in protein chemistry, nucleic acid technology and/or microbiology.
  • Prior knowledge of writing research proposals or applying for research funds is considered an advantage.

personal qualities

  • Positive, creative and enthusiastic.
  • Autonomous, responsible and result-oriented
  • Seeks new challenges at work.
  • Has a keen interest in working in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Communicates information and results with clarity and ease, both verbally and in writing.

When assessing which candidate is best qualified, emphasis is placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

We offer

salary and conditions

The gross salary for the position of researcher (code 1109) is usually paid gross from NOK 526 000 gross per year, depending on qualifications and seniority. 2% is deducted from the salary as a contribution to the Norwegian Civil Service Pension Fund,

The engagement is carried out in accordance with the applicable regulations for government employees and officials as well as the laws controlling the export of strategic goods, services and technology. Candidates found to be inconsistent with the criteria of the latter statute, after evaluation of the application and addendum, will be disqualified from employment at NTNU

The position is third-party funded.

The prerequisite is that you are present and reachable in the facility every day.

About the application

The application and supporting documents must be written in English.

Please note that applications will only be evaluated based on the information available by the application deadline. Make sure your application clearly shows how your skills and experience meet the above criteria.

If for any reason you have taken a career break or had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account and recognize that this may reduce the scope of your research.

The application must contain:

  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Scientific papers – published or unpublished – that you would like to consider in the evaluation (up to 10 papers)
  • A description of the academic/artistic work that you consider particularly relevant and that you would like to give special consideration to in the assessment
  • Name and address of three reviewers
  • Research Plan – The Research Plan should outline the candidate’s ambitions in developing and implementing novel research ideas within the subject areas of the Particle Engineering Centre.
  • Information on the projects you are responsible for with information on financing, duration and scope

Joint work will be taken into account. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to collaborative works, you must include a brief description of your involvement.

When assessing the best qualified applicant, we value education, experience and personal suitability as well as your motivation for the position.

NTNU is committed to complying with the following research quality evaluation criteria The San Francisco Declaration on Research Evaluation – DORA. We pay particular attention to the quality and technical breadth of this work. We also take into account experience from research management and participation in research projects. We attach great importance to your scientific work of the last five years.

general information

A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of gender, functional ability, or cultural background.

As an employee of NTNU, you must at all times comply with the changes brought about by the development of the subject and the organizational changes adopted.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and community may be published even if you have requested that your name not be included on the applicant list.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Sulalit Bandyopadhyay (Department of Chemical Engineering), phone +47 4507 1041, email [email protected]

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact recruitment consultant Nina Sandberg (Department of Chemical Engineering), phone +47 9246 4640, email: [email protected]

Please send your application and the relevant documents by email If you are invited to an interview, you must bring certified copies of certificates and diplomas. Mark the application with the reference number: 31/22.

Application deadline: February 16, 2022

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

Institute of Chemical Engineering

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meeting February 16, 2022
employer NTNU – Norwegian University of Science and Technology
local community Trondheim
scope full time
length of time Continuous
place of duty Gloshaugen, Trondheim


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