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Researcher in Distributed Computing (ATLAS experiment at the LHC)

Deadline: 01.04.2023

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 research at the Department of Physics covers a broad range of subfields within physics and technology: From space research to medical physics. A good proportion of the research is interdisciplinary, and conducted in close cooperation with collaborators in Norway and abroad.

Education and teaching are other essential activities. We offer a broad range of courses, and the Department is involved in several study programmes at bachelor’s and master’s level. Some of the best lecturers in Norway are amongst our employees, and we are proud of our prizewinning teaching and learning environment. The Department has 200 employees, of which 50 are permanent scientific positions. On a yearly basis 20 students complete their Ph.D. and 50 finish their M.Sc. degree.

Job description

A position as Research Fellow in Distributed Computing is available at The Department of Physics.

The position is for four years, with funding from the Norwegian Research Council.

Starting date: As soon as possible, and preferably before June 1. 2023.

More about the position

The Particle Physics section of the Norwegian Centre for CERN research (NorCC) has an opening for an experienced Researcher in distributed computing to join the University of Oslo team involved in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.

The present ATLAS physics analysis involvements of the Oslo research group include searches for new physics, including dark matter, supersymmetry and other exotic phenomena, as well as studies of the Higgs boson. The group is heavily involved in distributed computing, software development and the ATLAS detector upgrade, particularly in relation with the planned new tracking detector ITk. The research program is carried out in close collaboration with the University of Bergen.

The successful candidate is expected to play a leading role in distributed computing and data management, including software and middleware development and ATLAS distributed computing operations. This includes contributing to development and maintenance of software used to manage data processing across multiple data centres (the NorduGrid ARC middleware and ARC Control Tower), and liaising between the ATLAS computing team and data centre admins across Nordic countries to solve operational issues. The candidate will also support the ATLAS@Home volunteer computing project in both the technical infrastructure and communication with the public.

The successful candidate will lead the Oslo group’s contribution to development of distributed computing for ATLAS at the High Luminosity LHC, which will begin operation in the late 2020s. Oslo is expected to build on its expertise with ARC and make a leading contribution in particular to integrating the next generation of ‘exascale’ high performance computing facilities into the distributed computing resources available to ATLAS.

Qualification requirements

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


  • A Master’s degree or PhD degree (or equivalent) in computational / data science or in high energy physics
  • Software skills: Experience with C++, Python and shell scripting, comfortable working in a Linux environment
  • A good command of English


  • Knowledge of large-scale distributed computing systems: development, integration, monitoring and operations
  • Experience in open source projects and/or volunteer computing
  • Experience running and maintaining critical production-level services

Personal skills:

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Ability to work within a distributed international team across multiple time zones, both in software development and operations
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize work according to changing circumstances

The successful candidate will become a member of the ATLAS Collaboration and will have the possibility of being a signing author (on completion of a relevant qualification task). Frequent travels to and longer term stays at CERN are to be expected.

We offer

  • Position as Researcher SKO1109 (PhD degree) NOK 544 400 - 604 400 or SKO1108 (MSc degree) NOK 501 200 – 544 400
  • 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

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, 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). Applications with documents missing will not be considered further.

An expert committee will evaluate the applications. Interviews will be used as part of the hiring process.

Formal regulations

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

Contact information

For questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, e-mail: elin.thoresen@mn.uio.no.

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