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PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics

The University of Agder invites applications for a PhD fellowships in Mathematics for a period of 3 years, for suitable candidates with the possibility of extending the period to 4 years including 25 % teaching duties. The position is currently located in Kristiansand in the South of Norway. Starting date is 01.09.17.


The fellowship is within functional analysis and the candidate will take part in the following research project:


Big slice phenomena in Banach spaces.


It can easily be observed that many classical Banach spaces have the property that every slice of the unit ball has diameter 2. Around 10 years ago it was clear that big, well-studied classes of Banach spaces are of this type (M-embedded spaces, Uniform algebras, C*-algebras, Daugavet spaces etc.), but for various reasons. From 2013 on, with the appearance of Remarks on diameter 2 properties in Banach spaces by T. A. Abrahamsen, V. Lima and O. Nygaard in Journal of Convex Analysis, a common theory of spaces where all slices of the unit ball have diameter 2 has existed.


Extensive research is at this time carried out at the University of Agder, University of Tartu, Estonia, and the Universities of Granada and Murcia, Spain in order to describe, categorize and inter-relate the now more than 15 different types of big slice phenomena.


Particular projects that will be part of the candidate’s research:


  • explore the till now undescribed diameter 2 properties between the strong diameter 2 property and the property of being almost square
  • Muntz-spaces as subspaces of continuous functions are known to have the strong diameter 2 property. Explore whether such spaces could have even stronger diameter 2 properties.
  • The James-Hagler space, and also some of its relatives, is known to have the strong diameter 2 property. Explore whether these spaces could have even stronger diameter 2 properties
  • Explore what diameter 2 properties do spaces of integrable functions with respect to vector measures (a la Bartle-Dunford-Schwartz) inherit from the range space of the measure involved?
  • M-embedded spaces have the property that all non-reflexive subspaces are big slice spaces. Describe and explore new classes of such spaces

The candidate will take part in the functional analysis research group, which is part of the PAMAR group at the University of Agder. The candidate will immediately be introduced to our research partners at the above mentioned universities to be included in the international team working on big slice phenomena and related theories.


The University of Agder has excellent library support an extensive collection of research literature in Mathematics, and on-line access to most relevant journals in the field of functional analysis. The functional analysis group at the University of Agder is characterized by producing original research of high quality, to report its results through highly recognized international journals, and to communicate continuously as part of the international team of diameter 2 researchers.


Further information about the Department of Mathematical Sciences can be found here.


Admission Requirements


The applicant must submit an approved project description within three months of appointment based on research questions within and related to big slice phenomena in Banach spaces. More information about the programmes and a complete list of admission requirements to the PhD programme for Mathematics can be found here.


The candidate must hold a relevant master’s degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics.  


Applicants should be fluent in English. As some relevant literature exists only in French, a certain knowledge of French would be appreciated, but is not required. At the University of Agder, PhD dissertations may be written in Norwegian, another Scandinavian Language or English. In this case the natural language will be English.


Applicants from some countries must document their English proficiency through one of the following tests with the stated results or better:


  • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum score of 550 on the Paper-based Test (PBT), or 80 on the Internet based Test (iBT)
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System, with a result of at least 6.0.

Please check this list to see if an English test is required. Possible categories of applicants from particular countries may be exempted. Please note that the English test requirement applies to applicants from most countries according to the list mentioned above. No other tests will be approved, and certifications/statements cannot replace a test.


Personal suitability and good teamwork skills will be emphasized in the evaluation as well as relevant experience. The Research Fellow will be expected to contribute to the active research community at the University and in the international research team. The position places demands on the applicant’s capacity for independent goal-oriented work, ability to concentrate and attention to detail. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic background and results, attainment, and any previous research activity, in addition to a research proposal submitted with the application (see below). Research visits to an external institution or with a national or international partner for part of the period of employment may be anticipated, as indicated in the above text.


Further provisions relating to the position as Post-doctoral Research Fellow can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and Conditions of Employment for the Post of Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant, and Resident. 




The position is remunerated according to the State salary scale, salary plan 17.515, code 1017, salary NOK 435 500 gross per year. A 2 % compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.


Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.


The Norwegian public service is committed to reflect the diversity of society, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.


Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions. The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service.




Submit your application and CV online. Please click on the link “Apply for this job”.


The following documentation should be submitted as attachments to the online application:


  • A letter of application which includes a rationale for applying for the position together with an outline of the applicant’s research interests and background for the proposed project
  • Certificates and/or grades for all post-secondary education, up to and including the bachelor's level
  • Master's degree/higher degree certificate, with a summary of the courses/subjects included in the degree
  • Applicants with a foreign higher education must attach an official description of the grading system used at the issuing institution
  • Applicants who are required to document their English proficiency must submit their TOEFL or IELTS test results (these may be forwarded after the closing date). An additional assessment of English may be undertaken at the time of interview
  • Summary and links to the applicant's scientific publications if produced
  • A short research proposal (preliminary) that sets out background, rationale, recent work and research design for the intended study. This should not extend beyond about 5 pages, but it will form an important part of the evaluation of candidates

Original documents must be presented for verification to the University of Agder. Successful candidates will be asked, normally during the interview, to ensure that the issuing university submits documents in a sealed envelope directly to UiA or provide access to their documents online, which allows UiA to verify the authenticity of these electronic documents via a secure website hosted at the issuing university (contact person at UiA will be provided later for certain candidates).


All documentation of education must be in the original language and in English, Norwegian, Swedish, or Danish (if the original language is not one of these), and the translation should preferably be from the issuing university. Additional documentation must be in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.


The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete documentation. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.


Closing date: 31.03.17


For further information please contact Professor Olav G. Dovland, e-mail tel: + 47 38 14 15 42 or Head of Department Elna Svege, e-mail tel: +47 38 14 17 78.


In accordance with §25(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

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