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University of Oslo Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Astrophysics, Norway

Publish Date: Nov 11, 2015

Deadline: Dec 15, 2015

University of Oslo Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Astrophysics

Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow available at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics.

The fellowship is for a period of 2 years. The preferred starting date is January 1st, 2016 but a later starting date can be negotiated.

Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same.

Job Description

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics of the University of Oslo has strong research groups within solar physics and cosmology. Both groups are heavily engaged in computational research, both using national and international supercomputers and using internal infrastructure.

The post-doctoral position is connected to the solar physics group, which is renowned for its detailed modelling of the solar atmosphere with radiative magnetohydrodynamics, and for innovative data analysis methods for high cadence imaging and spectroscopic observations. The research activities are now extended towards the atmospheres of cool stars.

The postdoctoral fellow will be working on the project "Flare Chromospheres: Observations, Models and Archives" funded by the EC programme FP7-SPACE-2012.  The successful candidate, based in Oslo, will work together with other Consortium members on the analysis and interpretation of high spatial and temporal resolution solar flare observations and the development of archives of observations and models. The particular emphasis in Oslo is on radiation magnetohydrodynamic modelling.


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 PhD degree or equivalent in astrophysics, astronomy or space sciences. We seek a candidate with a background preferably in solar or stellar physics, who has experience with numerical simulations and/or the analysis of observations incl. the handling of large data sets. Experience in non-LTE radiative transfer, hydrodynamic and/or radiation hydrodynamics is welcomed. The candidate will have to program in Fortran90 and IDL. Programming skills are therefore an essential requirement.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions.

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1352 and pay grade: 57 – 65 (NOK 483 700 - 560 700 per year depending on qualifications and seniority)

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records
  • Complete list of publications and academic work and up to five highlighted publications that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references who have been asked to send reference letters.

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.

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

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

Region: Oslo

Reference number: 2015/13589


Professor Mats Carlsson
Telephone: +47 22856536

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