Open PhD Research Fellow position in porous media physics at PoreLab University of Oslo

Job description

Position as PhD Research Fellow in Porous Media Physics is available at the Centre of excellence (SFF) PoreLab at the Njord Centre/the Department of Physics.

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

Starting date as soon as possible. The fellowship period is 3 years. A fourth year may be considered with a workload of 25 % that normally consists of teaching. This is dependent upon the qualification of the applicant and the current needs of the department.

More about the position

The position is within the broad theme of understanding the basic physical mechanisms governing the motion of liquids and gases inside porous networks such as soils and porous rocks. The candidate will perform experimental work on immiscible two-phase flow in artificial porous structures produced via 3D printing, employing techniques developed at the PoreLab SFF.

The aim of the researcher project is to increase the understanding of how different forces both short range (e.g. capillary forces) and long range (e.g. viscous and gravitational forces) act in different flow regimes. Special attention will be put on fluid invasion mechanisms like corner and film flow which are of great importance for the understanding several natural phenomena, such as the interconnectivity of water bodies in soils and water uptake on plants in dry regions.

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.


  • A general physics background on the master-level (MSc or equivalent), including statistical physics and hydrodynamics
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system


  • Experience with the design and execution of experiments
  • Experience with image analysis techniques (for example using Matlab, Python, ImageJ etc.)
  • Coding experience on any programming language

Grade and language 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.
  • For candidates who would like to apply for a fourth year including teaching, good knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language is strongly preferred.
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements:

Personal skills: 

  • Good collaboration skills, and the ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary research environment 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:

Contact information

For further information please contact: Professor Eirik Grude Flekkøy,

For questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, e-mail:

Deadline 15th November 2023

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