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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Atomic and Molecular Optics

Deadline: 05.07.2020

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

Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Atomic and Molecular Optics is available at The Department of Physics. The appointment is a fulltime position for a period of three years. Starting date preferably August 1. The position is associated with the High Energy Physics Section at the Department of Physics. The Fellow will be based at CERN in Meyrin, Switzerland.

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

More about the position

We invite applications for a challenging postdoctoral position in Atomic and Molecular Optics. The main goal is experimental and numerical modelling of laser cooling of positronium with potential application in antihydrogen production and formation of a metastable positronium beam. The objectives of this project are to measure and model the laser interaction with a cloud of positronium produced in nanochannel plates. The experiment is using the AEgIS positron beam line at CERN where the post-doctorate fellow will spend the three years of his contract.

The candidate will be part of the lively research environment of CERN, in particular at the antiproton decelerator. The candidate will be at a strategic interface between numerical modelling activities mainly undertaken at the University of Oslo and the experimental work taking place at CERN. The position involves an active involvement in other experimental work taking place within the AEgIS collaboration. In particular, the development and characterization of new positronium converters and the production of antihydrogen through charge exchange. The position is funded through a grant from the Norwegian Research Council (PI Antoine Camper).

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. 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 physics or equivalent with with competences in laboratory experiments and interest in laser physics as well as detectors. The position requires a strong background and interest in one or several of these topics:

- experimental physics

- laser operation

- data processing

- modelling of Atomic and Molecular Optics phenomena

  • Have good social and collaboration skills and ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary scientific environment
  • Have a good command of the English language

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.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 523 200 – 583 900 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

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • A short (1 page) research statement
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • 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 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).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications (including publications, international conferences), the quality of the research statement, as well as the candidates’ motivation, personal suitability, mobility experience and capacity to join interdisciplinary academic communities. 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.

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.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

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