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Postdoctoral Fellowship in nano-scale soft wetting

Deadline: 15.10.2021

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.

Job description

A Post-Doctoral fellowship in theoretical study of nano-scale 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 fellowships will be for a period of 2 years. Starting date no later than 01.03.2022. No one can be appointed for more than one Post-Doctoral 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 a ground-breaking theoretical model that incorporates both viscous flow in the liquid and the viscoelasticity of the soft solid. For this position, the post-doc will work on characterizing the soft wetting at the nano-scale by molecular dynamics simulations/continuum models. We aim to describe nano-scale and finite size effects as well as help clarify the local boundary conditions at the contact line.

The Post-doctoral fellows will:

  • Develop MD simulations code/continuum models for fluid wetting an elastic/viscoelastic solid
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team with expertise in mechanics, physics and material science.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition is 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 degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in mechanics, fluid mechanics, physics or applied mathematics. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the completed defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Personal skills

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

We offer

  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its 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
  • List of publications
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation tocandidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. 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.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow 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.

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

For further information please contact:

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

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