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PhD Research Fellow in Mechanics

Deadline 07.04.2019

About the position

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.

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

If the successful candidate has a good knowledge of one Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish), the fellowship will be for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (teaching responsibilities at the Department). Otherwise, the fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the same institution.

Starting date no later than 01.10.2019.

Job description

We are searching for a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in computational science (mathematics/physics) and a passion for scientific computing.

The PhD position is part of the 4Dspace strategic research initiative (SRI), a collaborative initiative of the research sections for the plasma and space physics group, electronics, nanoelectronics, and mechanics at respectively the physics, informatics, and mathematics departments at UiO. The initiative investigates the ionosphere, and in that context develops novel satellite and rocket based instruments for the investigation of plasma. Essential questions revolve around disturbances caused by the spacecraft on the measured plasma, and different effects that need to be accounted for in analysing data. To address these open questions, the candidate will join a team of computational scientists that employ first-principle numerical models for plasma-object interaction, using in-house (finite element, particle-in-cell) parallel codes.

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 they are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in computational science (mathematics/physics/fluid mechanics)
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • The candidate must have a strong background in using numerical methods for partial differential equations. Preferably finite element methods
  • The candidate should have good knowledge of fluid dynamics and/or plasma physics
  • The candidate should have good programming skills (Python/C/C++)
  • The candidate should be able to work independently and structured, while at the same time engage in close collaborations with a multidisciplinary team
  • In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the relevance of the candidate’s background
  • Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30.06.2019 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
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English http://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/phd/application/application.html

We offer

  • Salary NOK 449 400 – 505 800 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
  • 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 Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records and letters of recommendation
  • 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 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).

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.

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:

http://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/phd/

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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. For this, applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity are welcome.

Contact information

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Mikael Mortensen, phone: +47 228 55866, e-mail: [email protected] .

For questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR-officer Nina Holtan, phone: +47 228 54424, e-mail: [email protected].

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