Postdoc Researcher Position in University of Oslo Norway

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in marine hydrodynamics/ fluid mechanics at OSLO, Norway, May 2022


A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in marine hydrodynamics/ fluid mechanics in the IPN research project “Maritime solar power” is available at the Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway, May 2022.

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 2 Years
Salary: NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per year

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway


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Qualification Details

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. 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.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in marine hydrodynamics or fluid mechanics. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment.
  • In depth knowledge of CFD and experimental techniques for free surface flows.
  • Experience with research on waves and floating bodies; both theory and numerical simulations.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Responsibilities/Job Description

Job description

The global energy demand is growing fast. With the phasing out of fossil fuel it is expected that a significant part of the energy in the future will come from the sun. Floating solar panels, or floating photovoltaics (FPV), is a solution which does not requires land area and has an increased power production due to colling from the water. However, wave-induced motion may affect power production, and wind, wave and current loads need to be taken into account.

The postdoctoral research work is a part of the IPN project “Maritim solar power”, partly funded by The Research Council of Norway. The overall objective of the project is to develop and document knowledge of performance, reliability and degradation of FPV. The project work is carried out and lead by Sunlit Sea, in close collaboration with Kodeworks, Institute for Energy Technology, Stadt Towing Tank, and University of Oslo.

The IPN project work includes: development of methodology for testing and monitoring; studies of the floater motion, loads, and water and salt ingression; prototype testing, both in a wave tank and onsite; tests and studies of central components to ensure a good balance between cost, performance and robustness; quantification of water cooling of the solar panels; development and validation of modelling tools; use of the developed methodology, and existing standards to quantify loads, water and salt ingression, and corrosion trough accelerated ageing in a laboratory; and analyses and quantification of the performance of pilots with Sunlit Sea technology.

Sunlit Sea is a technology provider to the floating solar industry ( The company is developing a technology solution for FPV intended for use both on inland waters and in sheltered sea water. The solution is based on a fully integrated unit consisting of both the float and the solar panel. To obtain the required energy output a number of floats are coupled in a larger matrix.

Sunlit Sea is a growing company and for the right candidate there may be opportunities for further work in the company when the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship comes to an end.

About the position

Research tasks for the postdoctoral researcher;

  • Develop a model for complex geometry of floating solar panels based on linear wave diffraction/radiation theory and Morison’s equation
  • Validation of model in a wave tank
  • Wave forces on the boundaries due to non-breaking/breaking/plunging waves
  • Develop sensors to measure motion of panels from waves in the field (ongoing work)
  • Analyze damping of waves from solar panels
  • Scale effects and turbulence

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged. It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

About the Department

The Department of Mathematics is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo. The Department is engaged in teaching and research covering a wide spectrum of subjects within mathematics, mechanics and statistics. The research is on theory, methods and applications. The areas represented include: fluid mechanics, biomechanics, statistics and data science, computational mathematics, combinatorics, partial differential equations, stochastics and risk, algebra, geometry, topology, operator algebras, complex analysis and logic.

About the Employer:


  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per year depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Postdoctoral development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

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Contact details

For further information please contact Professors:

Atle Jensen, phone: +47 92462282, e-mail: [email protected]

or John Grue, phone: +47 41607182, e-mail: [email protected]

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