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PhD Fellow in applied mathematics and complex systems modelling

PhD Fellow in applied mathematics and complex systems modelling

The position

The UiT Aurora Centre DYNAMO announces vacant PhD fellow positions in the areas of complex systems at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The fellow will work in a large, international, and interdisciplinary team and will have possibilities for research stays abroad. The position will be supervised by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Department of Physics and Technology.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position in Tromsø within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.

The positions are available for commencement in 2021, and the appointment is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching and other duties. The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

The position’s field of research

Complexity in real physical systems frequently arise from the interaction between a few strongly coupled material degrees of freedom, and a large or infinite number of spatial degrees of freedom. This domain of complexity science has been, is, and for the foreseeable future will be at the forefront of research into complexity and complex system dynamics.

The announced position will be aimed at research in this area, with particular emphasis on the nonlinear phenomenon of bi-stability and how it is influenced and modified by the presence of spatial degrees of freedom. The physical context for this work will be taken from within the sciences of optics, fluids, and climate.


Further information about the positions, UiT, and project details is available by contacting:

  • Professor Per Jakobsen by e-mail per.jakobsen@uit.no or telephone +47 77 64 40 20
  • Head of Department of Mathematics and Statistics Martin Rypdal by e-mail martin.rypdal@uit.no or telephone +47 77 62 07 54
  • DYNAMO centre leader Odd Erik Garcia by e-mail odd.erik.garcia@uit.no or telephone +47 77 64 51 91


Admission to the PhD programme 

For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Science and Technology and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.

Admission normally requires:  

  • A bachelor’s degree of 180 ECTS and a master’s degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master’s degree of 300 ECTS. 
  • A master’s thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master’s degree of 120 ECTS. 
  • A master’s thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master’s degree of 300 ECTS. 

To gain admission to the programme, the applicant must have a grade point average of C or better for the master’s degree and for relevant subjects of the bachelor’s degree. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found here

Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from NOKUT.

If you are employed in the position, you will be provisionally admitted to the PhD programme. Application for final admission must be submitted no later thantwo monthsafter taking up the position. 


Your application must include:

  • Application and motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Diploma for bachelor’s and master’s degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor’s and master’s degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Master’s thesis, and if applicable, up to ten other academic works. Thesis and other academic works should preferably be in English or a Scandinavian language.
  • Three references, preferably including the Master’s thesis supervisorMaster’s thesis, and if applicable, up to ten other academic works. Thesis and other academic works should preferably be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must document completion of your degree before commencement in the position. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application. 

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline. 

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