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 Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. It presently has 11 permanent professors/associate professors. The Institute employs some 15-20 postdoctoral and senior research fellows and has of order 15-20 Ph.D. students. The research activity of the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics is concentrated around solar physics, cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics.

PhD Research Fellowship in Extragalactic Astrophysics

.Position as PhD Research fellow available at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics.

The fellowship will be for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (teaching responsibilities at the Department). Starting date no later than 01.10.2017.

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

Job/project description:

The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics of the University of Oslo has strong research groups within solar physics, cosmology and extragalactic astrophysics. The extragalactic astrophysics group is a relatively new group, led by associate professors Mark Dijkstra and Sijing Shen. The group is concentrating on studying the formation and evolution of galaxies in the early universe, especially through numerical simulations.

The present fellowship is for a PhD student to do a thesis project supervised by Dr. Sijing Shen.The research is focused on galaxy formation and the interactions between galaxies and the intergalactic medium. The work will involve performing simulations of galaxy formation using existing hydrodynamic codes, developing models for important physical processes which impact galaxy evolution, such as star formation, stellar radiation and supernova explosions, and/or postprocessing large sets of simulation data to compare with observations.

The student will also take advantage of interactions with the research group led by Dr. Mark Dijkstra, which specialises in modelling radiative processes and radiative transfer to connect simulations with multi-frequency observations, and the group led by Dr. Håkon Dahle, which utilises gravitational lensing to probe galaxy evolution at high redshifts.


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 are 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 astrophysics, physics or computational science. Previous experience on astrophysical hydrodynamic simulations using high performance computing (HPC) facilities will be considered as an asset.

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2017 to complete the final exam.

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. For more information see:

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1017, Salary: NOK 432 700 – 489 300 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

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
  • 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)

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.

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Sijing Shen, phone: +47 922 86 847,

For further question regarding the recruitment system, please contact: HR Officer Ørjan Pretorius, phone +47 22 85 63 49, e-mail:

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    Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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