PhD Research Fellow in “MAPS technology for upgrading ALICE detectors at CERN”

Deadline: 15.08.2024

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The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a position as PhD Research Fellow in “MAPS technology for upgrading ALICE detectors at CERN”

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a 100% position as PhD Research Fellow in Technology from 01.09.2024.

The position is located at the Department of Microsystems and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Campus Vestfold in Horten, Norway. The employment period will be three years of full time with no teaching obligations.

About the PhD-project

The PhD study is a part of a project focusing on design and development of CMOS Monolithic Active Pixel Sensor (MAPS) technology used in the ALICE detector at CERN in Switzerland. The Monolithic Active Pixel Sensor (MAPS) contains Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC) and sensors on the same substrate. To meet the ever-increasing demands for readout and real-time data analysis, new computing algorithms and microelectronics for the ALICE must be developed and implemented. Ongoing research work on upgrading the ALICE detector at CERN includes the development of large-size MAPS technology. The R&D work involves reducing the material budget in the ALICE advanced silicon detectors by using thinned, bent, and stitched wafer-scale pixel detector with MAPS layers. It is essential to protect such thin sensors (~30 µm) and establish interconnection with a suitable packaging method. Focus points for future upgrades are testing and verification of the electrical and mechanical properties of the wafer-scale pixel detectors. In addition, research topics including system simulation, system implementation, technical computing may be a part of the PhD study, depending on the expertise and interests of the candidate.

The position includes taking shifts and doing service work at CERN, Geneva.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) equivalent higher education qualifications in micro- and nanosystems technology, electronics, or computer science. The degree must be accomplished before the application deadline. An exception is made for students in the process of finalizing their degree this semester who may also apply.

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and at the same time have the motivation to share knowledge and take part in teamwork. Personal suitability for the post will be emphasized.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Technology within three months of accession in the position. For admission to the programme the weighted average grade is B or higher is usually required.

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realize common objectives.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in both spoken and written English.

Previous experience at CERN research activities will be an advantage.

 Candidates in the process of finishing their degree may receive an offer conditioned on a satisfactory final result and will then be required to submit their final transcripts and diploma at a later stage.

We offer

  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 532 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on the time served in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 be considered.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellowships is responsible for the appointment. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.

Candidates who already have a Ph.D. degree will not be considered.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post. Please note that an approved work permit is a prerequisite for the employment.

Security considerations related to export control will be taken into account.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition. The Department has few women appointed in scientific positions, and women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

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How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “Søk stillingen” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (120 ECTS)
  • Other relevant certificates (if applicable, must be specified)
  • A page project description or motivation letter
  • Documentation of english proficiency 
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

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 interview are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to USN. The research area includes technologies referred to in the Ministry's export control regulations. For your information export license or security clearances may therefore be required.

If your higher education is from a university outside of Norway, we require it to be recognized by the Norwegian Directorate of Higher Education and Skills. You must apply for the recognition before the application deadline for this position expires. Add a receipt on your application or recognition when applying. The recognition must be sent to us and is a requirement for being hired.

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

The application will be assessed on the basis of the attached documentation as requested above. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application deadline.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

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