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. 

Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) is an interdisciplinary focus field for material and energy research at the University of Oslo. SMN has focused on basic research in renewable energy and environmentally friendly use of fossil energy sources. The center consists of research groups from the Department of Physics (Fi) and Chemistry (Ki), has about 100 employees from around the world and manages more than 80 projects funded by the EU, the RCN and others.

Researcher in Theoretical Semiconductor Physics

1 position as Researcher is available at Department of Physics / Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN).

The fellowship period is 2 years. Starting date no later than Jan 1st 2018.

Job/Project description:

The researcher position in theoretical semiconductor physics – first-principles modeling of van der Waals materials – is associated with the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) at the Department of Physics, University of Oslo (UiO).

The aim of the studies is to explore novel concepts and ideas, as well as to elucidate and understand fundamental properties of the Casimir effect and the van der Waals (vdW) forces in materials and material systems. More specifically, the candidate will model, explore, and analyze 2D-like and 3D vdW materials by means of first-principles atomistic methods based on the density functional theory (DFT). She/he will also be part in developing models of describing dispersion forces in multilayer systems involving solid and their surfaces, liquids, and/or gases, as well as to support the research activity by calculating the dielectric responses of materials. The candidate will utilize state-of-the-art computer simulation packages on national high-performance computing resources.

The position is part of the research project ‘Casimir effect and van der Waals forces in multilayer systems’, funded by the Research Council of Norway. It is a joint project between Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology at UiO, with close collaboration with research groups in USA, Germany, Australia, and Sweden. The project’s primary objective is to accelerate processes towards the development of the fundamental theories of Casimir and vdW forces in complex systems. The effect is of great practical importance in the context of nanomachinery (e.g. MEMS and NEMS devices).

Information about our research activities can be found on 


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 candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Physics, plus at least 1 year of research experience in the field after completed PhD.

We seek a talented candidate with a solid scientific background in condensed matter theory, who has strong experience in modeling vdW materials within the DFT, preferably also experiences in developing vdW-DF functionals or relevant dispersion forces.

The candidate shall have demonstrated capability to conduct independent research, experience in (co-) writing research proposals, and preferable some experience in coordinating project tasks. The candidate will work closely with researchers and students within the project, and therefore proven collaborative abilities are necessary. Programming skills are advantageous.

A good command of English is required.


Salary: NOK 490 900 – 596 000 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority (position code 1109).

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • A letter describing the motivation to apply for the position, the project aspects that the applicant considers most important, and ideas how to address the project during the course of the project (max 2 pages)
  • Copies of educational certificates.
  • Transcript of records for BSc, MSc and PhD, or equivalent
  • A complete list of publications
  • Attach up to 5 academic works that the applicant wants to attract special attention to
  • Names and contact details of at least 3 references (name, relation to the applicant, e-mail and telephone number), and letters of recommendation

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 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. Women are encouraged to apply.

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


For further information please contact:

Professor Clas Persson, e-mail:

For questions regarding the recruitment system, Jobbnorge, please contact:

HR-officer Nina Holtan, e-mail:

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  • Søknadsfrist
    3. oktober 2017
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    University of Oslo
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    2017/10714 - 1109
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