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PhD Research Fellowship in theoretical study of soft wetting

Deadline: 23.07.2021

Job description

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.


Department of Mathematics is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The Department is engaged in research covering a wide spectrum of subjects within mathematics, mechanics and statistics.

A PhD research fellowship in theoretical study of soft wetting is available at the Mechanics section of the Department of Mathematics, University of Oslo. The project is led by Dr. Tak Shing Chan (PI) and will be conducted in the group of Prof. Andreas Carlson.

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years. Starting date no later than 01.11.2021.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

The position is part of the project “Dynamic wetting on soft solids” funded by the Research Council of Norway. Many biological and industrial processes involve a fluid displacing another immiscible fluid over soft solids such as biological tissues and gels.

Current experiments have shown some fundamentally different dynamical wetting phenomena on soft as compared to rigid solids. The goal of the project is to develop aground-breaking theoretical model that incorporates both viscous flow in the liquid and the viscoelasticity of the soft solid. For this position, the PhD student will develop theoretical models and perturbation/numerical methods (thin film approximation, boundary/finite element method) to study problems of soft wetting in which a fluid is displacing another immiscible fluid over a viscoelastic solid.

The PhD student will:

  • Develop models and simulation codes for fluid wetting a viscoelastic solid
  • Investigate fundamental problems of soft wetting
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team with expertise in mechanics, physics and material science

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships 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 Master's degree or equivalent in mechanics, fluid mechanics, physics or applied mathematics.
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements:

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

http://www.uio.no/english/research/phd/

http://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/phd/

Personal skills

Good social and collaboration skills and ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary scientific environment

We offer

  • Salary NOK 491 200 - 534 400 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • Possibility to work in an interdisciplinary and diverse research team
  • Possibility to work closely with international collaborators

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter including a description of scientific interests and the motivation for applying for the position (max. 1 page)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records
  • Documentation of English proficiency applies for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries
  • List of publications
  • 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).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

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 etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

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For technical questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR adviser Nina Holtan, phone +47 22854424, e-mail: [email protected].

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