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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Accelerator Physics

Deadline: 05.10.2022

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 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

One position as Postdoctoral Researcher is available at the Department of Physics, under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The position is for a period of three years. Starting date as soon as possible.

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

More about the position

The particle-physics community is studying the options for the next high-energy collider at the energy frontier. The University of Oslo is involved with the development of future colliders based on plasma-wakefield accelerators. We are offering a postdoctoral position that will join our team in studying key challenges for a plasma-based gamma–gamma collider. These include high-gradient acceleration with high efficiency and beam quality, use of multiple accelerator stages, and gamma–gamma luminosity production. In particular, the work will involve development of start-to-end simulations of plasma-based linacs, and/or plasma-wakefield experiments at SLAC.

We are looking for a postdoc with previous experience in the field of plasma-wakefield accelerator research. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers and students at the University of Oslo, and will also collaborate with international experts in the field.

The position is associated with the PLASMACOLLIDER project, funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the FRIPRO call. 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.

Required qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in accelerator physics. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defense are eligible for appointment.
  • Very good knowledge of the plasma-wakefield acceleration research field.
  • Documented experience with either or both of the following:
    • Performing plasma-wakefield experiments, including hardware development, hardware installation and data analysis.
    • Numerical simulations of plasma-wakefield accelerators, preferably on high-performance-computing (HPC) clusters.
  • Good social and collaboration skills and ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary scientific environment.
  • High-level oral and written English skills.

Desired qualifications:

  • Experience with beam-driven plasma-wakefield acceleration.
  • Programming skills in Python, C++ at a developer level.
  • A strong publication record.
  • Work experience from international particle-accelerator laboratories.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 544 400 – 604 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Postdoctoral 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, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records
  • 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).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships 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 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: [email protected]

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