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Researcher in Cosmology

Deadline: 01.07.2024

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. It presently has 15 permanent professors/associate professors. The Institute employs about 15 postdoctoral and senior research fellows and has about 25 Ph.D. students. The research activity of the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics is concentrated around solar physics, cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics.

About the position

Position as Researcher for a period of three years available at Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA).

Starting date as soon as possible.

Job description/project description:

The CMB&CO research group at ITA plays an internationally leading role in research on the early universe with a particular emphasis on CMB and intensity mapping data analysis. The group is funded by several major grants, and consists of about 10-20 people at any given time, from Master students to professors.

This researcher position is funded by the ERC 2023 Advanced Grant called “Commander”, and in particular, the successful applicant will be serve as a scientific project manager for the OpenHFI effort, which aims to perform a Bayesian end-to-end reanalysis of the raw archival Planck HFI data, in a similar vein to what was done by the BeyondPlanck collaboration for the Planck LFI data and the Cosmoglobe collaboration for the WMAP data. The applicant will also participate in analysis of other legacy and future experiments, such as LiteBIRD, DIRBE, COMAP, SPIDER, and Simons Observatory.

Qualification requirements:

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in astrophysics, physics, statistics, informatics or related topics. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment.
  • Experience in working with large legacy time-ordered data sets; prior experience with Commander-based analysis is a clear asset.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Personal skills:

  • Independent and enterprising.
  • Solution oriented.
  • Good project management skills.


We offer:

  • Salary NOK minimum 575 400 –604 400 per year depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidate’s motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations:

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

The University of Oslo seeks in particular to increase its number of female scientists, and women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Contact persons:

For further information please contact:

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR-adviser Elin Thoresen e-mail: elin.thoresen@mn.uio.no.

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