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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Experimental Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics

Deadline: 27.02.2024

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.

About the position

One Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Experimental Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics is available at the Department of Physics.

The postdoc fellowship is for a period of 3 years. Within the framework of the position, duties may be assigned. Starting date preferably in August or September 2024.

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

Job description / Project description / Development plan:

The fellowship is connected to the research project “Dust from the Stars: Radiative Neutron Capture Rates Relevant to the Intermediate and Rapid Neutron-Capture Process” financed by the Research Council of Norway (project no. 316116).

The aim of the research project is to obtain new information on the fundamental properties of atomic nuclei in hot, astrophysical environments, and the impact of these properties on neutron-induced reaction rates, which are input for large-scale network calculations of heavy-element nucleosynthesis. Neutron-induced reactions relevant to the rapid neutron-capture process and the intermediate neutron-capture process are of particular interest.

The postdoc position involves mainly experimental work, in particular experiments at the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory (OCL), Department of Physics, University of Oslo. The main purpose is to investigate nuclei of interest for heavy-element nucleosynthesis. Charged-particle-gamma coincidence data using the newly commissioned, state-of-the-art LaBr3:Ce detector array OSCAR will be analyzed with the Oslo method.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

Qualification requirements:

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. 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.

Required qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in experimental nuclear physics or nuclear astrophysics. 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.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Desired qualifications:

  • Solid experience with scintillator detectors (LaBr3 and NaI), radioactive-beam experiments, coincidence measurements, experience with data-analysis tools like ROOT and simulation tools like GEANT4
  • Knowledge on measuring statistical properties of nuclei, especially hands-on experience on the Oslo method and the Shape method

The candidate should be willing to have some extended stays abroad for experiment runs as well as for experimental and theoretical training.

Personal skills:

  • High working capacity
  • Good collaborative skills and ability to work in a team
  • High-level oral and written English skills
  • Strong dedication and a high degree of self-motivation

We offer:

  • Salary NOK 575 400 – 657 300 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
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

The application must include:

  • Application letter including a summary of academic specialization and statement of scientific interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical and administrative experience, and other relevant activities)
  • Copies of educational certificates and academic transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be particularly 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). Applications with documents missing will not be considered further. Original documentation may be requested.

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

The research area for the position may include technologies referred to in the Ministry's export control regulations and all candidates will be evaluated in accordance with these regulations.

Formal regulations:

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

If an applicant has applied for and been granted funding for a fulltime research stay abroad while being employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the employment will be prolonged with the equivalent time as the research stay, but for no longer than of twelve months ( thus extending the employment to a maximum of four years)

No one can be appointed twice as a Postdoctoral fellow financed with funds from The Research Council of Norway (NFR).

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 a.o.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact persons:

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, e-mail: elin.thoresen@mn.uio.no

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