Postdoctoral Fellow in Ultrasound Tranducer Technology

Deadline: 21.05.2021

University of South-Eastern Norway

The University of South-Eastern Norway, USN, is one of Norway’s largest higher education institutions, with around 18,000 students and 1,900 employees across eight different campuses.

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The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Martime Sciences have a vacancy for a temporary post as Postdoctoral Fellow in Ultrasound Tranducer Technology

About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a two-year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in ultrasound transducer technology.

The position is associated with the Department of Microsystems and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is USN Campus Vestfold, located at Bakkenteigen between Tønsberg and Horten.

The project is part of the research center "Center for Innovative Ultrasound Solutions", CIUS. This is a Center for Research-based Innovation (SFI) appointed by the Norwegian Research Council where industry, healthcare providers and academia collaborate to develop the next generation of ultrasound solutions. For more information, see the CIUS web site http://www.ntnu.edu/cius. All research done in CIUS is industry-orientated, and the candidates will work in close contact with partners from the Norwegian industry.

Responsibilities and duties

The new candidate will be part USN’s ultrasound transducer research group. The group consists of one professor, two adjunct professors (20%), five PhD-students and a varying number of master students. We publish our work in international scientific journals and at conferences and work closely with industrial partners. Our main research topics are design, fabrication and characterization of ultrasound transducers for use in medical diagnostics, underwater sonar, and industrial inspection. The main topic of the announced position is development of characterisation methods for ultrasound transducers, including experimental methods and software simulation tools. A central topic is development of methods and tools for characterization of novel transducer structures, e.g. CMUT and PMUT arrays and hybrid and multi-frequency transducers.

The appointment is for a term of 2 years.


Applicants must have a Norwegian doctorate or equivalent education abroad in in ultrasound physics, ultrasound technology, or an equivalent field.

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 realise common objectives.

Personal suitability for the position will be emphasized. The successful candidate will be part of an active research group and is expected to interact with the group members through discussions and meetings, to give assistance to MSc- and PhD-candidates, and to collaborate with external academic and industrial partners. In particular, the candidate must contribute to the bi-annual CIUS conferences.

Specific requirements for the position is:

  • High competence in acoustics and ultrasound technology, documented by a PhD-degree and publications in international scientific journals
  • Experience in scientific writing
  • Experience with development of acoustic measurement systems
  • Experience with software tools for computer modelling and simulation.
  • Experience with computer programming

In addition to the specific requirements above, evaluation of the candidates will be based on documented qualifications in the following fields

  • Good analytical and theoretical skills
  • Good laboratory skills
  • Good English language presentation and writing skills
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language is an advantage
  • Ability to collaborate and interact in a research group and with external partners

We offer

  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • Good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Good pension scheme and favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


Postdoctoral fellow (postdoktor) (code 1352): NOK 508 800 – 650 200 a year, depending on seniority. In special cases, higher salary may be considered. A statutory contribution will be made from the employee’s salary to the state pension plan.st.

Additional information

The Academic Appointments Board is responsible for appointments to academic positions at University of South-Eastern Norway. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. Short-listed candidates will be called in for interviews and must be prepared to present and discuss their projects.

The successful applicant must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply to the position.

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit.

There are few women/men employed in research positions at the Department, and consequently women/men are especially encouraged to apply.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information act § 25 2 paragraph, information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, even though the applicant has requested non-disclosure. The applicant will be informed if his/her request has been declined.

Contact information

For more information about the position, please contact:

  • Professor Lars Hoff, phone: +47 31 00 93 11

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact:

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:

  • Certified diplomas and certificates from university college/university
  • PhD thesis
  • Scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

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

Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the requested documentation has been uploaded with the application within 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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