May 10, 2010

PhD Research Fellow in Cosmology, University of Oslo, Norway

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. It presently has 12 permanent professors/associate professors. The Institute employs about 8 postdoctoral research fellows and has about 14 Ph.D. students. The research activity of the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics is concentrated around solar physics and cosmology (

The fellowship is for a period of up to 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work. Starting date no later than 1 October, 2010.

Job description

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has appointed the cosmology group of the Institute as an emerging top-tier research group. The participation in the European Space Agency’s flagship mission Planck and the ground based CMB polarization experiment QUIET, and a strong effort in fundamental cosmological theory, act as two foci for consolidating the group and developing it further to become one of Norway’s internationally most visible research groups in the physical sciences. The PhD research fellow will work on data analysis for the QUIET CMB polarization experiment, designed to understand the physical processes acting in the very early universe during the inflationary epoch. This work requires interest and skills in physics, programming, statistics and informatics, or at least a strong motivation to acquire these skills during the studies. The applicant must attach a self-written computer program to the application.

Applicants may submit a project proposal for the qualifying work during the program. The projet proposal should include research topic, main issues, as well as choice of theory and method.


Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in astronomy/astrophysics, cosmology or a related subject.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the research training programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. An approved plan for the research training, including a project outline, must be submitteed no later than two months after taking up the position, and the admission must be approved within three months. For more information see:

A good command of English is required of all students attending the University of Oslo.


PhD Research Fellow (SKO 1017), pay grade: 45-51 (NOK 355 400 – 394 200 per year, depending on seniority/qualifications)

The application must include:

Application letter
CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
The applicant must attach a self-written computer program to the application
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.

Closing date for applications: 15 May, 2010

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for research fellowship positions (english translation):

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

The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions.
Women are encouraged to apply.

The University of Oslo also has a goal of recruiting ethnic minorities to Norway in academic positions. Ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

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