Postdoctoral position, Data-driven Materials Science

Job description:

We are looking for a post doc in Trondheim to strengthen our team within data-driven materials science and software development. The position will be employed for two years within the two EU projects OntoTrans ( ) and OpenModel ( ) linked to the work of the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC) ( ).

OpenModel focuses on developing an open platform for workflows and integration of software for materials modelling. OntoTrans provides an ontology-based Open Translation Environment. Its Artificial Intelligence approach enables end users to represent in a standard ontological form their manufacturing process challenges and to connect them with relevant information sources and materials modelling solutions, capable to support optimal materials and process design. Your tasks will mainly focus on software development to improve methods for digital representation of materials. The position will work full time in a multidisciplinary team working together on a portfolio of EU projects focusing on interoperability and ontologies.

The post doc will be employed in the research group Materials Physics Trondheim. We work to understand fundamental physical and chemical properties of materials. Together with our Norwegian and international partners we use this understanding to develop and improve processes and materials that meet the needs of tomorrow. We use several key materials characterization and modelling competencies going all the way down to atomic resolution in combination with material physics understanding to achieve this.

The group is part of the department Materials and Nanotechnology in SINTEF Industry. Nanotechnology and advanced materials will have a significant impact on solving the grand challenges of our global society and create new business opportunities for existing and new industries. The department develops generic material knowledge on a high international level for a broad market. We assist our customers in developing new or improved products with strong competence within structural and functional materials and multi material combinations. Through combination with other relevant competencies in SINTEF we contribute to the development of sustainable value chains in the context of a circular economy.

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Kind of job:

Contribute to the OntoTrans and OpenModel projects.


The following qualifications are essential for the position:

- PhD within physics or material science with a main focus on software development.
- Experience in software development within a structured programming environment.

In addition, the following qualifications will be valued:
- Candidates with experience in interoperability and ontology development will be especially prioritized
- Experience with team-based software development, using version control systems, and modern development workflow practices.

We are looking for you who:
- Are truly enthusiastic about data-driven materials science and software development.
- Are creative and have a lot of ideas. Are oriented towards opportunities and solutions and can thereby solve advanced challenges.
- Have excellent analytical skills and approach problems systematically.
- Excitingly approach new challenges to further develop your own professional competence base.
- See the value of and enjoy a team-based software development approach in addition to being able to work independently.
- Can work in a dynamic environment where development is happening fast.
- Have good communication skills and a good grasp of written and spoken Norwegian and English. Are willing to learn Norwegian through the courses offered if you do not speak a Scandinavian language.


- Exciting tasks in an internationally recognized, dynamic, and motivating working environment.
- Great opportunities for professional and personal development in an organization that values responsibility and initiative.
- Flexible working hours, salary based on qualifications, social benefits, good pension, and insurance schemes.

As soon as possible.
Closing date:
Company information:

SINTEF is one of Europe's largest research organisations, with multidisciplinary expertise in the fields of technology, the natural sciences and the social sciences. SINTEF is an independent foundation and has conducted contract research and development projects for the private and public sectors since 1950. SINTEF has 2000 employees from 75 countries and annual revenues of three billion Norwegian kroner.

Vision: Technology for a better society

The position will be in Trondheim, Norway.

European Materials Modelling Council
Silversquare Stéphanie
Avenue Louise 54
1050 Brussels
CBE no: 0731 621 312