PhD position in applied mathematics - porous media (Work Package 1)

The Department of Mathematics has a vacancy for a research fellow (PhD position) in applied mathematics – porous media for a period of 3 years, starting on 1 August 2017

The PhD candidate will be a member of the project “EOR upscaling – from lab to field”, which is a project at Uni Research CIPR financed by the PETROMAKS 2 program at the Research Council of Norway. The research project is a collaboration between Uni Research CIPR, Univ. of Bergen, and Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. In addition, there is research collaboration with professors from Texas A&M, TX, USA and Univ. of Texas at Austin, TX, USA on specific topics in the project. Industry partners are DEA Norge AS, Statoil ASA, VNG Norge AS, and Wintershall Norge AS. The terms and conditions for the employment will be governed by the University of Bergen.

About the project/work tasks: The PhD candidate will participate in the project’s Work Package 1: Pore scale EOR mechanisms, where the goal is to understand mechanisms that influence interactions between rock, water, oil and EOR chemicals at the pore scale level, and validate and develop network models for flow of these fluids, by extending an existing water – oil network model.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in mathematics or related area, or must have submitted his/her master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.

  • Solid background in mathematical modelling and numerical simulation of flow and transport in porous media, including coding experience, preferably in C++. Familiarity with network models and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) models will be a significant advantage.

  • Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.

  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

About the PhD position: The fellowship position is for a fixed term of 3 years. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.

About the research training: As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.

  • Salary at pay grade 50 (Code 1017) currently NOK 435 500 gross p.a. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

  • An inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).

  • Good welfare benefits.

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.

  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.

  • CV

  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.

  • Relevant certificates/references.

  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).

  • Any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

Closing date for applications: 5 June 2017

General information: Please contact Associate professor Kundan Kumar (, professor Arne Skauge (, or Øystein Pettersen ( for any further information )/tlf. +47555 84864.

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Applications sent by e-mail to individuals at the department will not be considered.


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