PhD Research Fellow in applied and computational mathematics

Deadline: 12.08.2024

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PhD position

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in applied and computational mathematics at the Department of Mathematics. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is subject to financing from the University of Bergen and Equinor Akademia VI agreement. The PhD Research Fellow will be part of the Porous Media Research Group and the Center for Modeling of Coupled Subsurface Dynamics at the University of Bergen.

About the project/work tasks:

The significant presence of minerals, e.g., lithium (Li), in deep geothermal brines, combined with increasing demands of rare minerals, opens for co-production of geothermal energy and minerals. The PhD Research Fellow will in collaboration with the project team develop mathematical models and numerical approaches for compositional reactive transport required to assess the potential of geothermal energy and mineral co-production from deep hydrothermal systems. This includes the modelling of case-studies for co-production of specific minerals. Software development in the project will expand on the open-source software framework PorePy (github.com/pmgbergen/porepy), which already has strong capabilities in modelling of compositional multiphase flow. The project also involves interdisciplinary collaborations with experimental researchers in aqueous geochemistry who will do lab experiments that will provide data for the modelling.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in applied and computational mathematics or scientific computing, or, alternatively, in computational physics or computational geoscience. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 31 December 2024. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded
  • Education at master’s level and strong expertise in mathematical modelling, partial differential equations, numerical analysis, and related software development is a requirement
  • Good programming skills are required
  • Coursework in introductory chemistry and experience with numerical methods for flow in porous media and/or reactive transport is an advantage, but most emphasis will be placed on background in applied and computational mathematics
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized.

Special requirements for the position The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.

About the PhD Research Fellow position:

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment.

The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training

As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment 
  • salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 540 500 (equivalent to pay grade 55). Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis 
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming the expected date of award of your master's degree. Your master's degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on completed degree and your grade, by 31.12.2024
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list with links)

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact:

For HR related matters, please contact HR adviser Magnus Larsen, University of Bergen, e-mail: magnus.larsen@uib.no

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

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