PhD positions in Natural Sciences in Norway - CompSci programme (MSCA)

CompSci is a Doctoral Programme launched and managed by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo (UiO). CompSci combines a disciplinary doctoral programme with intensive training in computational and data science. It is partly funded by the EU Horizon 2020 under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) - Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes (COFUND).

The CompSci Doctoral Programme will recruit 32 PhDs in two calls. In this Call, we open for applications to the 2nd cohort of 17 PhD fellowship positions, that will join our PhD programme starting autumn 2022 at UiO.

The CompSci doctoral programme will train a new generation of natural science researchers with a foundation in computational methods - providing them with the knowledge, skills and vision to digitally transform the European education, research, government and industry sectors.

The target groups of the programme are highly talented aspiring researchers with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, bioscience, materials science, mathematics, astronomy or geoscience, who are finishing or have just finished their master degree or have less than four years of full-time equivalent (FTE) research experience.

As a CompSci fellow, you will go through a three-month intensive training in computational and data science with a team of doctoral candidates from across the natural sciences. You will then apply and develop those skills in a research project in your discipline of choice in an internationally leading research group. All CompSci fellows will be enrolled as PhD candidates in one of the departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.


Formal educational requirements

  • Qualifications (one of the following)
    • A master’s degree or equivalent with a specialization as described for each particular research project
    • A foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Grades (the norm is as follows)
    • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
    • The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
    • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • English language skills
  • Desirable qualifications
    • Good knowledge of the scientific field addressed by the project(s) of interest is desirable
    • Strong quantitative and analytical skills are an advantage
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills are necessary

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until June 30, 2022 to complete the final exam.

Read more about the formal requirements.

Research experience

As per Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action requirement, the candidate must at the date of the programme call deadline be within the first four years (FTE-equivalent) of their research careers and not yet be awarded at doctoral degree. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when you obtained the degree entitling you to embark on a doctorate (e.g. from your Master's degree).

Mobility requirement

As per Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action requirement, the candidate may not have resided and/or carried out their main activity in Norway for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the date of recruitment. Researchers with refugee status, as defined by the Geneva Convention, benefit from a less restrictive mobility rule: the refugee procedure (i.e. before refugee status is conferred) will not be counted as a period of residence/activity in Norway. The secondment host country is exempt from the mobility rule.

Employment conditions

  • → 3-year full time employment contract
  • → Full social security and benefits
  • → Attractive salary according to your qualifications and in a position as PhD Research fellow

Employment conditions also include

  • Attractive welfare benefits such as paid sick leave, parental leave and the right to 5 weeks holiday, and a generous pension agreement
  • Access to special career development programmes, and research schools
  • Health, safety and environment policies, procedures and tools that safeguard your workplace
  • Co-determination at work place through trade unions and safety representatives
  • Excellent research environments with highly competent and motivated researchers
  • Good working conditions and high standard facilities and offices

more information here

Deadline: 1 February 2022.