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PhD fellowship position in computational physics/scientific computing

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city centre and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

The Faculty of Technology, Art and Design (TKD) offers higher education and research and development (R&D) activities within technical subjects, arts and design. The Faculty has approximately 4.000 students and 400 staff members and is situated at Pilestredet Campus in downtown Oslo and at Kjeller Campus in Viken.

The Department of Computer Science offers three bachelor’s degree programmes, a master’s degree programme, and is part of a cross-departmental PhD program. Academic staff at the department are pursuing research in a wide range of areas including computer science, the natural sciences, and innovation and management. Both students and researchers are also involved in an increasing number of interdisciplinary initiatives across the university.

At the Department of Computer Science, we are offering a PhD fellowship position. The successful applicant will be affiliated with the Mathematical Modeling group and then newly established OsloMet Quantum Hub. This hub has the goal of promoting and facilitating quantum related activities within teaching, research and application – in addition to raising public awareness on quantum technology. Particular emphasis is put on quantum computing.

Research project

The aim of the project is to develop computational, numerical and mathematical techniques for describing the quantum evolution of matrices. This applies naturally to the study of temporary Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISC) computers. Due to the open nature of such systems, mixed density matrices represent a more adequate description than does pure states/wave functions.

The relevance of such methods is not limited to noisy quantum computing, however. Several quantum systems are subject to openness. Density matrices are also encountered in the description of irreversible processes such as particle loss. Describing quantum dynamics in terms of matrices has also proven beneficial for certain closed systems as well. Thus, the methodology and implementations to be developed are expected to find a wide range of applications.

Methodologically, the realization will involve methods from numerical mathematics, scientific computing and quantum physics. The implementation of the algorithms will involve scripting languages such as Python for comparatively small-scale implementations, while large-scale calculations will require high-performance computing techniques.

The PhD fellowship will be offered for a period of three years (100% position), or alternatively, four years including 25% compulsory work (teaching and supervision activities or research administrative work). The decision on whether a 3 or 4-year position is suitable will be discussed as a part of the interview process.

The successful applicant, who will be enrolled at the Faculty’s PhD program, should have the goal to complete the PhD program within this time frame and successfully defend her/his  PhD thesis.

Main duties of the position

The successful applicant’s primary duty is to carry out and publish research within the frames of the project. This research will be performed in close collaboration with the supervisors – in addition to other staff members at the department. This also includes colleges affiliated with other groups besides the Mathematical Modelling group, such as the Cloud computing, Cybersecurity and Software Engineering group, the Artificial Intelligence Lab and NordSTAR.

It is also expected that the candidate contributes to the activities of the Quantum Hub. This could, e.g., involve giving seminars at summer/winter schools and public dissemination work. The candidate is also expected to present research findings at international conferences and workshops.

You must have

Candidates which already holds a PhD in the same or similar field may not apply. Admission to a relevant doctoral programme is a prerequisite.

It would also be an advantage if you

We are looking for applicants who

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.

We can offer you

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

Other information

If you would like more information about the position, feel free to contact:

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title and position code. State salary wage scale 54, 501 200 NOK per year. A higher salary may be considered for particularly well qualified applicants.  

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.


In order to be considered for the position you must upload the following documents together with your online application by the final date for the application:

Please apply electronically to this position.

All the documents must be written in English or a Scandinavian language (Danish, Swedish or Norwegian). Any translations must be authorized by government. Originals must be presented if you are invited for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.


Deadline for applications: 16.10.2022

Ref.:                                 22/06193



OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion. OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.