PhD Research Fellowship in Mechanics/Biophysics

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Deadline: 24 May 2022

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24th May 2022

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PhD Research Fellowship in Mechanics/Biophysics
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A PhD Research Fellowship in Mechanics/Biophysics is available at the section for Mechanics at the Department of Mathematics, University of Oslo.  

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. If the successful candidate has a good knowledge of one Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish), the fellowship will be for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (teaching at the Department of Mathematics). Otherwise, the fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work.

The employment relationship is conditional and dependent on a signed contract between UiO and the Research Council of Norway.

Starting date no later than 01.10.2022.

A PhD Research Fellowship is available at the Department of Mathematics, Section for Mechanics at the University of Oslo (UiO). The position is parts of large interdisciplinary projects funded by the Research Council of Norway, which focuses on the development of mathematical models and numerical simulations of cell membrane dynamics. More specifically, it will address the basic mechanochemical processes that regulate one of the most fundamental communication pathways in cell biology - the encapsulation and internalization of liquid and transmembrane cargo at intracellular membranes. The PhD research fellowship will be part of the group of Prof. Andreas Carlson ( , where the work will be conducted in close collaboration with experimental cell biologists (Oslo University Hospital) and bio-chemists (UiO).

The PhD student will:   

  •  Develop theoretical models for intracellular membrane dynamics, coupling elastic effects, fluid flow and the biological membrane composition.
  • Implement and solve numerically the theoretical membrane model
  • Collaborate with experimentalists.
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team with expertise in mechanics, physics and biophysics.

Qualification requirements

Qualification requirements:

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in mechanics, fluid mechanics, biophysics, physics or applied mathematics.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Earlier involvement in interdisciplinary research projects or/and a strong background in biophysics or interfacial fluid mechanics will also be considered positively.
  • Expected to have a strong background in continuum mechanics.
  • Good social and collaboration skills and ability to work independently and in an interdisciplinary scientific environment.

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 August, 2022 to complete the final exam.

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system.
  • the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system.
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries 
  • the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system


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 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 491 200 – 534 400 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017.
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement.
  • Vibrant international academic environment.
  • Career development programmes .
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.
  • Possibility to work in an interdisciplinary and diverse research team.

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter including a description of scientific interests and the motivation for applying for the position
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of english proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

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).

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.

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

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

Professor Andreas Carlson, phone: +47 22857223,

Email :

About the University of Oslo 

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society. 


The Department of Mathematics is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo. The Department is engaged in teaching and research covering a wide spectrum of subjects within mathematics, mechanics and statistics. The research is on theory, methods and applications. The areas represented include: fluid mechanics, biomechanics, statistics and data science, computational mathematics, combinatorics, partial differential equations, stochastics and risk, algebra, geometry, topology, operator algebras, complex analysis and logic.
We have almost 50 persons in permanent academic positions and a large number of post docs and Ph.D. students. We also have an administrative and technical staff.  The department represents a leading research environment in mathematical areas in Norway, and has a highly international profile.

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