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PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics

Deadline: 01.10.2022

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 Department of Mathematics is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo. The Department is engaged in teaching and research covering a wide spectrum of subjects within mathematics, mechanics and statistics. The research is on theory, methods and applications. The areas represented include: fluid mechanics, biomechanics, statistics and data science, computational mathematics, combinatorics, partial differential equations, stochastics and risk, algebra, geometry, topology, operator algebras, complex analysis and logic.

We have almost 50 persons in permanent academic positions and a large number of post docs and Ph.D. students. We also have an administrative and technical staff. The department represents a leading research environment in mathematical areas in Norway, and has a highly international profile.

Job description

Position as PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics available at the Department of Mathematics.

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

Starting date no later than March 1st 2023. The fellowship period is 3 years devoted to research education.

The fellowship is part of the project QOMBINE – “Mathematics for quantum computation and manybody theory”, and the goal is to apply operator-algebraic tech-niques to problems in quantum information theory related to quantum entanglement and non-locality. QOMBINE is a Large-scale Interdisciplinary Researcher project which is part of the Fellesløft IV programme of the Research Council of Norway. It is therefore among the largest funded researcher projects in Norway.

For more information on the QOMBINE project, see the project web page.

At the Department of Mathematics, the candidate will be affiliated with the group in Operator Algebra in Section 6 and be part of its vibrant and inclusive environment. Working on a true interdisciplinary project, the successful candidate will interact with other fellows and senior researchers on the QOMBINE project, e.g., with members at the Department of Physics.

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.

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Mathematics or Physics
  • A foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) must correspond to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until December 1st to complete the final exam.

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

Desired qualifications:

  • Documented and good knowledge of in one or more of the following topics: quantum information theory, mathematical physics, operator algebra, functional analysis
  • For applicants with a MSc in Mathematics, a solid physics component is desired
  • For applicants with a MSc in Physics, a solid mathematical component of the education is desired
  • Experience with computer algebra systems like Mathematica or Maple and numerical software such as MatLab.
  • Experience with computer programming in languages such as C++ or Python

Desired personal skills:

  • Exceptional analytical skills
  • Being able to draw connections and see the broad picture
  • Independent and creative thinking
  • Being able to work in a group
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Willing to contribute to a positive working environment

Personal suitability of the applicant will be emphasized in the selection process.

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:

We offer

  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 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

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter - statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records
  • Letters of recommendation: these are not to be submitted with the application, but may be requested later during the evaluation process
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work 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)

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).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

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. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

For further information please contact: Alexander Müller-Hermes (email: [email protected])

For technical questions about the recruitment system, please contact HR-Officer Ole Rustad, e-mail: [email protected]

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