Professor Dommersnes graduated with MSc in physics from NTNU in 1996, and PhD in theoretical physics from ESPCI, Paris in 1999, followed by postdoctoral appointments at NTNU, MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Institut Curie in Paris. In 2005 he became Maitre de Conferences (Assistant/Associate Professor) in the Physics Department of Universite Paris Diderot. In 2011-2012 he was invited CAS Fellow at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He has served as scientific consultant for life science companies and start-ups. Dommersnes was appointed Adjunct Professor (Professor II) at the Department of Physics at NTNU in 2014.