Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Mathematics

Deadline: 31.01.2023

University of Agder

The University of Agder has more than 1500 employees and almost 14 000 students. This makes us one of the largest workplaces in Southern Norway. Our staff research, teach and disseminate knowledge from a variety of academic fields. Co-creation of knowledge is our common vision. We offer a broad range of study programmes in many fields. We are situated at two modern campuses in Kristiansand and Grimstad respectively.

We are an open and inclusive university marked by a culture of cooperation. The aim of the university is to further develop education and research at a high international level.

About the position

One fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Engineering and Science as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Mathematics, affiliated to the Department of Mathematical Sciences, for a period of two years. The position is located, at the present, at Campus Kristiansand. The starting date is negotiable with the Faculty. This position is ideally suited for an early career researcher who wants to establish a firm and broad base for further research and scholarly activity in mathematics.

The department leads The Centre for Research, Innovation and Coordination of Mathematics Teaching, a national Centre for Excellence in Higher Education.

The department has two major research groups. The first of these is the research group in Mathematics Education, and the second is the research group in the Pure and Applied Mathematical Analysis Research (PAMAR). PAMAR has a further subgroup in Functional Analysis focusing on geometry of Banach spaces, consisting of three full professors and one associate professor.

Responsibilities and research area

The research fellow will join the Functional Analysis group. The principal task will be to undertake original research that contributes to the research conducted by the group. In recent years the focus of this group has been on properties related to the big slice phenomenon in Banach space, but candidates with experience in other aspects of the geometry of Banach spaces are also encouraged to apply.

Candidates are advised to contact one of the named researchers, to seek advice on the focus of the research to be proposed.

Required qualifications

The candidate must hold a PhD in Mathematics within an area appropriate to conduct research in geometry of Banach spaces, and the doctoral thesis must have been defended within the last five years. Applicants who can document a submitted PhD-thesis for evaluation will also be considered.

The successful applicant must have written and spoken English proficiency. International candidates that are not exempt from the English language requirements pursuant to the guidelines of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), must document this as outlined here.

Further provisions relating to the positions as Post-doctoral Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

Desired qualifications

A sound publication record will be considered an advantage. Applicants will be assessed based on academic background and results, attainment, and any previous research and development work. Emphasis will be placed upon the application and the candidate’s judged abilities regarding the proposed subject area.

The working language at the University of Agder is Norwegian. Knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is an advantage, but not a requirement.

Personal qualities

Personal qualities and good teamwork skills will be emphasized in the evaluation as well as relevant practical experience.

The Post-Doctoral Research Fellow will be expected to contribute to an active research community. The position places great demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail.

We offer

We offer:

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organisation
  • a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

More about working at UiA.

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352, NOK 563 900 – 626 100 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link "Apply for this job".

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • A letter of application which includes a rationale for applying for the position, together with an outline of the applicant’s research interests and a research plan spanning the duration of the fellowship
  • Certificates with grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including the bachelor's level
  • Master's degree/higher degree certificate with grades, with a summary of the courses/subjects included in the degree
  • Doctoral degree certificate, with a summary of any courses that may have been taken as part of the degree
  • Applicants with a foreign higher education must attach an official description of the grading system used at the issuing institution
  • Abstract (approximately 1-2 pages – in English) of the doctoral dissertation
  • Summary and links to the applicant's scientific publications including doctoral dissertation
  • References
  • Any other relevant documentation

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be in the original language and in English, Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish (if the original language is not one of these), and the translation should preferably be from the issuing university. Additional documentation must be in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Original documents must be presented for verification to the University of Agder together with the copies by the appointed Post-doctoral research fellow upon arrival at UiA. Successful candidates will be asked, normally during the interview, to ensure that the issuing university submits documents in a sealed envelope directly to UiA or provide that their documents are accessed online, which allows UiA to verify the authenticity of these electronic documents via a secure website hosted at the issuing university (contact person at UiA will be provided later for certain candidates).

Application deadline: 31.01.23


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