Master student in Material Science applying Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning


The Nordling Lab is seeking talented Master students in Material Science to apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to research problems in the field. We are collaborating with Dr. Dai-Ming Tang from the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Japan. The aim is that the selected student during the 2nd year of master studies apply for NIMS Internship Program in Japan to conduct experimental work under Dr. Tang’s supervision for 90 days.

NIMS Internship Program

The National Institute for Materials Science hosts graduate/undergraduate students as interns to provide technical experience of cutting-edge research activities in the field of materials and science. “NIMS is the world-top-level research institute in the fields of materials and science and you have an opportunity to experience the cutting-edge research activities. NIMS is widely open to the world with many international researchers and students and provides a great personal network. There are financial supports for daily allowance and accommodation fee for the excellent students. The internship period is up to 90 consecutive calendar days.”

We welcome applications from students with a Bachelor in a quantitative STEM field, e.g. Science, Technology, Engineering, Economics, and Mathematics, that has taken at least two courses on Material Science and is interested in Deep Learning or Machine Learning. Documented courses on Material Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Science is beneficial. Experience of using a scientific programming language, in particular Python or Matlab, is required, and knowledge of C/C++ beneficial.

To apply, please submit (1) a current CV, including a short biography and link to your GitHub/Bitbucket profile, (2) a recent transcript, as one PDF file by email to Please write “Application for Master student in Material Science” in the subject field of your email. Note that we will only review your application after you have gained , so we recommend that you apply after gaining admission.

About the Principal Investigator

Dr. Torbjörn Nordling is an Assistant Professor in Automatic Control at the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the National Cheng Kung University since Sept. 2015 and a part-time Senior Lecturer in Media Technology at the Dept. of Applied Physics and Electronics at Umeå University since Jan. 2020. He obtained both his Ph.D. in Automatic Control (2013) and his M.Sc. in Engineering Physics (2005) from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Previously, he did a PostDoc at the Dept. of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology at Uppsala University. He has been a visiting researcher at Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine in Naples and ERATO Kitano Symbiotic Systems Project at Japan Science and Technology Agency in Tokyo. He has also co-founded several companies. For more information, please, see his  Profile.

About the National Cheng Kung University

The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) is one of the two major comprehensive universities in Taiwan with app. 22 000 full time students attracting some of the best students in Taiwan. The other one is National Taiwan University. NCKU is number one in Academia-Industry Collaborations nationwide. The Best College Graduates Nominated by Industry (Global Views Magazine/104 Job Bank) ranked NCKU as number one in Taiwan 2010-2015, as did Top 1000 Taiwanese Enterprises (Cheers Magazine) 2010-2015 and 2017-2019. Times Higher Education placed NCKU 501-600th in World University Rankings 2021, 38th in Impact Rankings 2020, 103rd in Asia University Rankings 2020, and 39th in BRICS & Emerging Economies 2019.

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) placed NCKU 301-400th internationally and 3rd nationally in the Top 1000 ranking, 201-300th internationally and 1-4th nationally in Mechanical Engineering, and 301-400th internationally and 4-6th nationally in Medical technology 2020. The 2016 Essential Science Indicators (ESI) ranking of published articles placed NCKU 24th in Engineering and 48th in Material Science. The Dept. of Mechanical Engineering ranks 2nd in Taiwan and 24th in Asia.

About Taiwan and Tainan

Taiwan (formally the Republic of China) is a stable democracy located on Formosa, an island east of the Peoples Republic of China and south of Japan. Standard Chinese is the official language and traditional Chinese characters are used. According to InterNations Expat Insider survey 2021, “Taiwan ranks 1st out of 59 destinations for the third year in a row in the Expat Insider 2021 survey. It also comes first in the Quality of Life and Working Abroad Indices: Most expats are satisfied with their job security (83% vs. 61% globally) and the state of the local economy (85% vs. 62% globally).

Additionally, the majority is happy with their job (75% vs. 68% globally) and their life in general (80% vs. 75% globally). Furthermore, 96% of expats rate the quality of medical care positively (vs. 71% globally), and another 94% are satisfied with its affordability (vs. 61% globally).” With a total GPD (PPP) of $1.2T and population of 24M, Taiwan is the 19th wealthiest country in terms of GDP (PPP) per capita, according to the International Monetary Fund 2017, on pair with Australia and Denmark. With a cost of living index of 65, Taiwan is 31st, 20% cheaper than Australia and 30% cheaper than Denmark, according to Numbeo 2018. The expenditure in US$ PPP on research and development in Taiwan was 33.7B (11th highest), 3.1% of GDP PPP (6th highest) in 2015, which makes Taiwan one of the better countries to get funding for research in.

Tainan is the oldest city and was the capital of Taiwan for over 2 centuries. Nowadays, it is considered the cultural capital with the largest number of temples and rich variety of food. Tainan has tropical savanna climate with a daily mean temperature between 18.5 and 29.2 °C and average rainy days between 2.2 and 15.3 every month. The median total monthly cost of living, including food, rent, and other expenses, among all students in the Nordling Lab in January 2018 was 13 300 TWD.

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Nordling Lab,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
National Cheng Kung University
No. 1 University Road Tainan 70101