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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Algebra, Geometry and Topology

Deadline: 01.05.2021

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

Position as postdoctoral research fellowship in Section 5 available at Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.

The position will be for a period of 2 years, starting no later than September 1, 2021 and comes with no teaching responsibilities or administrative duties. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

This is a full-time postdoctoral position in mathematics at the University of Oslo. We seek candidates whose research interests enhance and complement the research group in Algebra, Geometry and Topology. Information about the research group can be found here: Section 5.

The supporting grant for this position is part of the project “Equations in Motivic Homotopy Theory'' funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The candidate is expected to have research interests related to the theme of the project EMOHO: Equations in Motivic Homotopy Theory.

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.

  • The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in mathematics. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the completed defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • The relevant candidate must demonstrate a good research track record in motivic homotopy theory or related areas.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Personal skills

The successful applicant should be highly motivated, have the capability to work independently as well as in collaboration with members of the research group, and have good communication skills.

We offer

  • salary NOK 526 000 – 608 200 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • vibrant international academic environment
  • postdoctoral 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

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter
  • Research statement: achievements and directions of interest
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • List of publications
  • 3 most relevant research articles to be considered
  • PhD thesis
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • References of 2-3 persons with contact detail (full name, position, affiliation, e-mail, telephone number). Please detail the relationship of the reference persons with the applicant.

The application with attachments 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).

Reference letters can be sent by email directly to Paul Arne Østvær.

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.

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.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results.

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

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