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PhD Research Fellowship in experimental porous media physics

A position as PhD Research Fellowship in experimental porous media physics is available at the Center of Excellence PoreLab at The Department of Physics, University of Oslo. The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, and the successful candidate is expected to start in spring semester 2018, no later than April 2018.

Application via Jobbnorge. 

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

Job/ project description:

The newly founded center 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 a have strong background in experimental physics, but is expected to collaborate in a cross-disciplinary environment that includes chemists, geologists and engineers.

The theme of the PhD research is to study how hydrodynamic forces interact with the porous medium through which it flows and how different forces both short range (e.g. capillary forces) and long range (e.g. viscous and gravitational forces) act in different flow regimes, and to understand the specific scaling properties of the structures. The successful candidate is mainly expected to work on small scale lab experiments, but will also have the opportunity to perform simulation/ theory in connection with the experiments.


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 applicant must have an MSc (or equivalent) in physics. We are seeking a candidate with background in experimental physics, with understanding of and competence in statistical physics, fluid dynamics and/or soft condensed matter physics.

The successful candidate should be creative, with a strong ability to work problem-oriented and collaborate with others who use different methods. He/she should enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen interest in learning and working in teams.

Candidates without a Master’s degree need to finish their final exams before starting the position.

A good command of English is required.

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:

We offer:

  • Salary NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • 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

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, work experience and academic work, including any scientific publications and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records, and letters of recommendation
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Documentation of English proficiency

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.

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations:

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships 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.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information:

For further information please contact: Professor Knut Jørgen Måløy (, or Professor Eirik Grude Flekkøy (

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer Therese Ringvold, e-mail:, phone: +47 22 85 16 06.

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