For students

Work or Study at PoreLab!

PoreLab would like to have more students! Whether you are a prospect MSc studentPhD candidate or researcher, if your interests and qualifications match our activities, feel free to contact us. Contact juniors to learn about our environment. Contacts the Project Initiators (PIs) and seniors for project possibilities.

PoreLab offers projects for both PhD and Master degrees.

  • PhD positions are announced regularly under and other medias.
  • Master students who are interested in developing a project with PoreLab are invited to take contact with the Center members and PIs. Examples of master projects are given at the bottom of this page.

A Message from Signe Kjelstrup, Leader of Graduate School

PoreLab would like to have more Master students!

We therefore invite potential students to make contact with anybody in our crew. Contact juniors to learn about our environment. Contact PIs and seniors for project possibilities!

The projects listed at the bottom of this page are only a fraction of the possibilities. We like to tailor new projects to the particular student’s wishes and can start a new topic this way.  The team’s cores are presented in the Annual Report, and on our homepage. They serve also as useful starting points.

The climate crisis is a fact, and PoreLab is putting its weight behind the UN sustainability goals! With all our skills and ingenuity, we want to contribute to production of clean water and a more energy efficient world. Some of the master projects refer to that.

Norway has a high competence on transport of oil through porous media. PoreLab sees it as a mission to bring this basic competence to other fields of application. 

We recently obtained a new project to study transport of nanoparticles with in cancerogeneous biological tissue. This is an example of a such a change in direction.

Looking forward to seeing you in PoreLab!


Why Study Porous Media and What Courses to Choose?

Porous media are all around us. In the ground, water fills the pores of aquifers, and oil is found in porous medium. Pollutants may follow rainwater into the ground which is a porous medium; where do the pollutants end up? When underground water rises during earthquakes, they may push the soil particles apart so that it loses it strength with the results that building topple. Less dramatically, but extremely importantly, the physics and chemistry of nanoporous media is at the core of fuel cells, batteries, and in heterogeneous catalysis. They make up concrete and biological tissue. A better understanding of the flow patterns in these materials will make them much more efficient – an important goal in a world that needs to become greener.

In PoreLab we study phenomena of these and related kinds, aiming to understand, improve and use the porous materials in ways that are more environmentally friendly, and more effective than now. An interdisciplinary PoreLab-environment has been constructed to facilitate contact between different disciplines and speed up this development.

PoreLab offers a range of courses open for all students at our host universities.

The two first courses, PoreLab course 1 and PoreLab course 2 are jointly organized between NTNU and UiO. They were adapted to PoreLab with a special focus on porous media physics.

PoreLab course 1:

FYS4465/FYS9465 (Dynamics of complex media) at UiO or KJ8210 (Flows in porous media) at NTNU

Theory and simulation of flows in complex media

The course covers hydrodynamics where capillary and viscous forces play a role. It also covers simulation methods, thermodynamics and statistical physics relevant to porous media. The course content is motivated in terms of ground water flows, biological tissue, hydrocarbon management, fuel cells, electrophoresis, building materials and the quest for the governing equations.

Background assumed: Equilibrium statistical mechanics.  Some students may know about diffusion/Langevin equations/basic theory of Onsager reciprocity relations, others will know the Boltzmann equation. Goal: Bring the student to understand the hydrodynamics of flows in porous media, including thermal gradients and concentration gradients. Also, the student will get a toolbox to simulate the flow in porous media on different scales. The course will support  the experimental course in PoreLab.

During the fall 2019, the courses was held in Oslo at the PoreLab video communication room in the Physics Building, University of Oslo, with a video connection in Trondheim from our meeting room at our PoreLab offices (S.P. Andersens vei 15 B, PTS2, 2nd floor.) every Tuesday (lectures) and Thursday (Group teaching) from 12:15 to 14:00.

Professor Eirik Flekkøy is the lecturer for this course.

The compendium for the course is available here.

PoreLab course 2:

 FYS4420/FYS9420 (Experimental techniques in porous and complex systems) at UiO

Experimental techniques in porous systems

PoreLab course 2 covers experimental techniques related to porous media and is open for students from both NTNU and UiO.

The course is adapted to PoreLab with a special focus on porous media physics. It contains four projects that will give students introduction to important experimental techniques in the field porous media and complex systems. The teaching consists of 4 projects and approximately 4 hours of lectures for each project. The lab part of each project will take a total of 1-2 full days. Finally, a research report will be written on each of the projects.

The course is offered on both Ph.D. and Master level and is open for domestic and visiting students. 

Visiting Ph.D. students (NTNU students taking the course at UIO) can find more information on the application process and deadlines on this page.

Application deadlines and procedures for domestic and exchange master and bachelor students can be found here.

Contacts: Professor Knut Jørgen Måløy, UiO, and Professor Ole Torsæter, NTNU

More details on the Ph.D. level course can be found here and the lower level course is described  here.

Additional Courses:

Within the research fields of PoreLab, NTNU and UiO offer as well the following courses:

MSc at PoreLab 2020 – Opportunities in 2021

Read more about the master projects performed in 2020, life at PoreLab and opportunities in 2021 in our catalogue here:

Examples of Master Degree Projects at PoreLab:















Master-project-UiO-Pollution spreading.pdf






Master theses and project assignments 2021 at the Department of Physics

Presentations for all Research Divisions at the Department of Physics can be found here.

Presentation for the section “Physics of porous media” can be found here

Presentation for PoreLab can be found here.

Video from the Department’s information meeting about the master possibilities [Zoom Meeting 2021] can be found here.


Join the Thermodynamic group at the department of Chemistry!

Are you interested about understanding the mechanisms behind conversion of energy? Thermodynamics is the science of energy conversion, especially the relationship between heat and work. This field of study formulated the working principles of many renewable energy technologies, on the macro- as well as nano-level, where work is created from chemical energy and heat. The Thermodynamic group believes that better comprehension helps utilize existing and new sources of energy in an efficient manner.

Are you interested in learning more about the Thermodynamic group, visit the website here:

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Interested in doing your master at the Thermodynamic group? Read more information here.

Presentation of the Thermodynamic group (in Norwegian) >>