University of Oslo PhD Research Fellowship in Fluid Mechanics, Norway

University of Oslo, Norway


December 01, 2016


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PhD Research Fellowship in Fluid Mechanics

Position as PhD Research Fellowship in Fluid Mechanics available at the Department of Mathematics.


We are seeking an enthusiastic co-worker as a PhD candidate in Fluid Mechanics at the Mechanics Division, part of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oslo.

This fellowship will intentionally be for a period of 3 years with no compulsory work, however, if the successful candidate has a good knowledge of one of the Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish), the fellowship will be extended for a period of 4 years with 25 % compulsory teaching responsibilities at the Department. The starting date is flexible, but preferably as soon as possible.

The University of Oslo is a leading European university and the oldest university in Norway with a long tradition in basic sciences. The campus is located in close vicinity to Oslo's city center. The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences include Mathematics, Physics, Bioscience, Geoscience, Informatics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, providing a broad platform for multidisciplinary research.

Flow of bio-inspired elastic free surfaces:

The interaction between fluid flow and biological structures manifests itself on the cellular scale through membrane adhesion, to the dispersal of plant seeds and all the way up to the scale of an organism. Many of these flows are described by a coupling between the dynamics of an elastic free surface and the viscous fluid flow. In this project you will focus on developing theoretical and numerical models to describe bio-inspired elastohydrodynamic flows, with particular emphasis on small-scale phenomena where viscous forces dominate. This involves the development and use of classical theoretical methods in fluid mechanics together with numerical simulations. The project is expected to include collaborations with international researchers, as well as local researchers at the University of Oslo. The experimental facilities at the Mechanics Division (Hydrodynamics Lab) can also be utilized if an experimental component is relevant for the project.


As a candidate, you must have a Master's degree or equivalent in:

  • Engineering, fluid dynamics, physics, computational science, biophysics, applied mathematics or similar.

A special emphasis will be placed on your documented interest in research activities such as your Master's thesis.

Previous research experience is regarded as an advantageous qualification and particularly in:

  • Mathematical modeling, numerical simulations and programming (e.g. Matlab, C++, C, Fortran, Python) of fluid dynamic problems or similarBackground/experience in fluid mechanics phenomena

This is an exciting opportunity if you are genuinely interested in:

  • Solving problems
  • Ability to conduct independent work
  • Ability to conduct critical analysis of results
  • Have excellent interpersonal/communication skills for collaborations

In addition to the traditional academic merits; a relevant degree project, international experience and English language skills are regarded as beneficial

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.


Position code 1017,  salary NOK 432 700 – 489 300 per year (pay grade: 50 - 57) depending on qualifications and seniority

The application must include:

  • Application letter, including a statement of professional interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Foreign applicants are advised to include an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. A good command of English is required.

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 1 january 2017 to complete their exam.

In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

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November 08, 2016