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Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)

PhD Research Fellowship in theoretical / computational porous media physics

Deadline: 20.08.2019

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.

PoreLab is a Norwegian Center of Excellence created in 2017 and situated at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, and the University of Oslo (UiO). It focuses on the physics of porous media using experimental, theoretical and computational methods. It is led by five principal scientists from physics, chemistry and reservoir engineering.

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A position as PhD Research fellow in theoretical/computational porous media physics is available at the Center of Excellence PoreLab at The Department of Physics. The position is for three years. Starting date, preferably no later than 01.10.2019.

More about the position

The newly founded center PoreLab aims to describe the flow in porous media on scales ranging from micrometers to kilometers and for highly different media. The approach is based on a combination of theory, simulations and experiments. The successful candidate must have a strong background in lattice Boltzmann modelling of flows in complex geometries, but is expected to collaborate in a cross-disciplinary environment that includes chemists, geologists and engineers. Close collaboration with experimentalists is expected.

The theme of the PhD research is to study how hydrodynamic forces create complex flow structures that result both from the combined effects of buoyancy and the geometry of the medium. The work is expected to include both simulations and the development of analytic/theoretical tools to characterize the flow patterns. The student is mainly expected to work on simulation and theory but will also have the opportunity to perform experiments.

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 in computational/theoretical fluid dynamics.
  • The general background should be in physics with solid components of statistical physics. The candidate is also expected to have good knowledge and background in the hydrodynamics and geometry of porous media, including familiarity with such concepts as fractals, percolation, hydrodynamic dispersion and particle based methods for fluid dynamics.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

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


Other desired qualifications include:

  • Experience with the lattice Boltzmann model and the simulation of fluids with added complexity such as buoyancy or complex boundary conditions

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD program must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:



Personal skills

  • Creative
  • Strong ability to work problem-oriented and collaborate with others who use different methods.
  • Enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter including a description of scientific interests and the motivation for applying for the position (max. 2 pages)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency if needed (please see admission criteria)
  • 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 will normally be called in for an interview.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 479 600 – 523 200 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

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.

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.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity. The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.

Contact information

For technical questions regarding the application system, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, +47 22 85 71 96, e-mail: [email protected]

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