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University of Oslo PhD Research Fellowships in Low-energy Nuclear Physics 2017, Norway

Publish Date: Jan 31, 2017

Deadline: Feb 20, 2017

2 PhD Research Fellowships in Low-energy Nuclear Physics

2 positions as PhD Research fellow inlow-energy nuclear physics are available at The Department of Physics, University of Oslo. The positions are limited to a three-year period. The successful candidate should be prepared to start as soon as possible.

No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

Project description:

The group's research is focussed on the study of atomic nuclei under extreme conditions, e.g. nuclei at high excitation energy at the transition from quantum order to chaos, of exotic nuclei with an unusual ratio of protons and neutrons, and nuclear reactions in astrophysical environments. To obtain experimental information under such conditions is crucial in order to constrain and improve theoretical models of the nuclear many-body system. Experiments are performed at the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory, at the ISOLDE facility at CERN, and at other international accelerator facilities.

The two PhD positions are related to a research project studying the quasicontinuum of highly excited states in different regions of the nuclear chart in spectroscopy experiments. More specifically the project aims at:

  • the study of level densities and photon strengths functions in neutron-rich, medium-heavy nuclei by developing the so-called Oslo Method in inverse-kinematics experiments, including experiments with radioactive ion beams, and the relevance of these quantities for astrophysical processes
  • the study of level densities and photon strengths functions in actinide nuclei and their connection to neutron-capture cross sections relevant for reactor fuel cycles and nuclear waste transmutation

Experiments will be primarily performed at the Oslo Cyclotron Laboratory (OCL), CERN-ISOLDE, GANIL and iThemba LABS. It is furthermore expected that the candidates contribute to the implementation and commissioning of the new Oslo Scintillator Array OSCAR of large-volume LaBr3:Ce detectors. All experiments will be performed within international collaborations. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to take a leading role throughout the entire project, which includes the preparation and realization of experiments, data analysis and interpretation, and publication of the results. It is also expected that the successful candidates work in close collaboration with nuclear structure theorists for the interpretation of experimental results.


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.

Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in nuclear physics, and preferably have pursued a Master project in experimental nuclear structure physics. The applicants will be largely responsible for data analysis and should be familiar with C/C++ programming and data analysis techniques.

Experience in gamma-ray spectroscopy with scintillator detectors and particle spectroscopy with silicon detectors are an advantage. Good knowledge of nuclear reactions and familiarity with reaction codes such as TALYS are also desirable.

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.


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 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
  • 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 attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Applications with documents missing will not be considered further.

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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