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PhD Research Fellowship in Physics

Deadline: 26.06.2019

Job description

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.

Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) is an interdisciplinary focus field for material and energy research at the University of Oslo. SMN has focused on basic research in renewable energy and environmentally friendly use of fossil energy sources. The center consists of research groups from the Department of Physics (Fi) and Chemistry (Ki), has about 100 employees from around the world and manages more than 80 projects funded by the EU, the RCN and others.

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A position as PhD Research Fellowship in physics available at Department of Physics/Centre for materials science and nanotechnology, as part of the research project titled ‘Additively manufactured magnetic high entropy alloys for renewable electricity’ (MAGNIFICENT), with financial support from the Norwegian Research Council.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date no later than 01.09.2019. The fellowship period is 3 years.

More about the position

The position is part of a new research activity focused on high entropy alloys (HEA) for renewable electricity aiming to introduce a new generation of materials for soft magnets produced with additive manufacturing by laser metal deposition of multi-element components. The goal is to identify and develop industrial-scale processes for novel soft magnets with superior magnetic properties that exhibit significantly reduced losses and fatigue compared to the current state-of-the-art materials. This work is a collaboration between SINTEF Industry, Department of Physics at UiO, Slovac Academy of Science, National Technical University of Athens (Greece), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA) and The University of Manchester (UK).

The research fellow will play important role in identifying promising materials through structural and magnetic characterisation and clarifying physics behind the enhanced magnetic performance of the materials. Structural characterisation will be done combining x-ray diffraction and analytical scanning and transmission electron microscopy techniques. For magnetic screening and characterisation, magneto-optical imaging (MOI), magneto-optical Kerr Effect (MOKE) microscopy, magnetic force microscopy (MFM), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and superconducting interference device (SQUID) magnetometry will be used. The PhD fellow is expected to travel and spend time in the labs of collaborating partners where some of the characterisation facilities are located. All project partners will assist and complement the student with various relevant competencies. At the Dep. of Physics, the PhD fellow will be part of both the advanced materials and complex systems group and the structure physics section and in close contact with their students and employees.

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 Master's degree or equivalent in chemistry. Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) must correspond to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Hands on experience with the structural and magnetic characterisations techniques mentioned in job description will be evaluated and play a role when ranking the applicants. Experience with adapting equipment to laboratory environment; programming and use of LabVIEW, Matlab, Origin and Python for control, acquisition and analysis of data is an advantage
  • Applicants are expected to have good communication and cooperation skills and take initiatives. Enthusiastic and hardworking candidates are especially welcome to apply. The PhD student employed can anticipate to be involved in outreach activities and applicants that are able to communicate in a Scandinavian language are desired
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 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


We offer

  • salary NOK 479 600 - 523 200 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • 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

  • An application letter describing in detail how the applicant satisfy the qualification requirements and fit the job description.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • 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.

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

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:


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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

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

Contact information

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system please contact: HR Officer Ørjan Pretorius, e-mail: [email protected]

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