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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Fluid Mechanics

Deadline 20.11.2018

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.


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 postdoctoral research fellow available at the Department of Mathematics.

This project is part of a five-year research project on complex fluids with potential for transformative scientific discoveries in industries from petro-chemical to cosmetics. For more details about the PIRE project;

The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) for a two year period and the research will be carried out in close cooperation with Sintef, NTNU, City College of New York and the other international partners in the PIRE project.

The PostDoc work will address basic challenges related to particle sedimentation in non-Newtonian fluids that mimic drilling fluids and other wellbore fluids. These fluids, which must serve many purposes in petroleum wells, geothermal wells and wells for CO2 reinjection, are mixtures with complex rheological properties.

The main objective of this project is to gain a deeper understanding of the correspondence between the viscoelastic fluid properties of fluids with particulates that sediment by gravity through basic studies of the fluid flow. The experiments aim to help elucidate how barite particles sag and to identify the physical mechanisms that describe the particle sedimentation rate. The position gives a unique opportunity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of international researchers and includes work with supervision and organization of visiting students from PIRE affiliated groups.

The position is affiliated with the Section for Mechanics, which currently has 7 full-time academic positions, 5 adjunct positions, 3 post.doc and 15 PhD students. This section works with theory, modeling and experiments on fundamental and industrial relevant phenomena of fluid- and solid mechanics. The group studies the fundamental physical processes associated with fluids and fluid motion that are essential to the understanding, protection and improvement of the environment, to production of renewable energy from wind and waves and to safer and cleaner development of petroleum resources.

In recent times the section has had several research projects related to wave forces on structures, waves and currents, multiphase flow, tsunamis and turbulence. Also topics within renewable energy, offshore technology, biomedical flow and coastal engineering are addressed in ongoing research programs.

More about the position

The Post Doctoral fellowship will be for a period of 2 years. Starting date no later than 01.01.2019.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

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.

  • The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in fluid mechanics
  • Applicants must have a background in experimental fluid mechanics. Experience with developing and performing experimental fluid mechanics and experience with non-newtonian fluids are perquisites
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

We offer

  • salary NOK 515 200 – 597 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • 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
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • copies of educational certificates, 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 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

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).

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 as Postdoctoral Fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution.

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.

Contact information

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

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