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PhD Research Fellow in semiconductor physics

Deadline: 15.01.2022

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) is an interdisciplinary focus field for material and energy research at the University of Oslo. SMN has focused on basic research in renewable energy and environmentally friendly use of fossil energy sources. The center consists of research groups from the Department of Physics (Fi) and Chemistry (Ki), has about 100 employees from around the world and manages more than 80 projects funded by the EU, the RCN and others.

Job description

Position as PhD Research Fellow in semiconductor physics is available at Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology/Department of Physics, as part of the project QuTe (QUantum emitters in semiconductors for future TEchnologies) funded by the Research Council of Norway.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

The fellowship period is 3 years. Starting date as soon as possible or after agreement with SMN.

More about the position

We are seeking a PhD Research Fellow with a genuine interest in semiconductor physics. You are a team player with the ability to work well independently and in interdisciplinary scientific teams. As a PhD Research Fellow in the QuTe project you will combine your data analyzing skills with experimental processing in clean room facilities and advanced characterization skills. The work will mainly be of experimental character, and in particular related to electrical and optical characterization, as well as fabrication of test structures.

You will be part of our semiconductor physics group LENS (Light and electricity from novel Semiconductors) with around 30 highly dedicated professors, researchers, postdocs, PhD fellow researchers, engineers, admin and master students. Please visit: Semiconductor Physics - Department of Physics (uio.no).

For more information about the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN), please visit: www.mn.uio.no/smn.

The research fellow must take part in the University’s/ Faculty’s/ Department’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

More information about the project and quantum technology:

Quantum technology (QT) promises massive impacts on fields ranging from communication and cryptography to sensing and computing. While current quantum computers use superconducting processors that require mK operation temperatures, extreme stability and are challenging to scale, point defects in semiconductors combine the potential for room-temperature qubit operation with nanoscale sensing and single-photon emitter (SPE) capabilities. SPEs are central to point defect based quantum technology, a field that is rapidly evolving – particularly after the discovery of quantum compatible point defect emitters in the industrially friendly platform of silicon carbide (SiC), and now more recently in silicon (Si). The current project is related to defect formation and identification of single-photon emitters in Si and SiC, and how to control and understand them.

The work will mainly be of experimental character, and in particular related to electrical and optical characterization, as well as fabrication of test structures.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition is to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in physics or materials science (foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system), with a solid background in semiconductor physics including experience with semiconductor processing or characterization. Examination result of Master’s degree must be available before the starting date
  • Academic credentials in the upper segment of their class (see Grade requirements below)
  • To ensure progress in the research project the starting date is as soon as possible

Desirable qualities:

  • Well-documented experience with processing in a clean room facility
  • Experience with optical characterization, particularly using Luminescence spectroscopy (or related techniques)
  • Experience using electrical characterization of semiconductors, from conventional capacitance- voltage and current-voltage measurements to spectroscopic techniques like deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS)
  • Strong data analysis skills, e.g., using Python or MatLab
  • Good social, communication and collaboration skills and ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary scientific environment

Grade and language requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position.

For more information see:

http://www.uio.no/english/research/phd/

http://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/phd/

We offer

  • Salary NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter - statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records
  • Documentation of English proficiency, if required. See Grade and language requirements
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

For further information please contact: Prof. Lasse Vines, e-mail: [email protected]

For questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR advisor Olga Holmlund, e-mail: [email protected]

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