Researcher Position in Soft Matter

Oslo, Norway
17 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

Applicants are invited for a 2 year position as Researcher in Soft Matter is available at the Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo.

The fellowship period is 2 years with possibility for extension of 1 year (depending on external funding).

Within the framework of the position duties will be assigned. Starting date as soon as possible.

About the position

We offer a 2 year researcher position in the Soft Matter group at the Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Reidar Lund.

The project will be related to formulation and characterization of polymeric nanocarrier systems that can be used for encapsulation and entrapment of pharmaceutically or biologically active compounds such as antimicrobial peptides. A particular focus will be towards the relationship between the structural and dynamic properties of self-assembled systems, release of cargo and the resulting interactions with model membranes. The candidate will perform in depth physico-chemical studies using mainly advanced scattering techniques based on X-ray, neutron and light which will be compared to biological performance that will be investigated by collaborators.

Rapid kinetic processes will be studied using a stopped-flow apparatus /microfluidic devices coupled to neutron/X-rays or a spectroscopy/light scattering set-up available in our lab. The project will involve extensive international collaborations with experts in polymer synthesis and biochemistry, frequent trips at synchrotron/neutron facilities and theoretical data modelling. The candidate will also have responsibilities in running a lab source SAXS instrument as well as participating in tasks related to teaching and supervision of students.

The position is initially for two years but may be extended up to three years depending on the success of external grant applications.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. 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.

The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Physics or Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biophysics, Pharmacy or relevant fields.

We are primarily seeking for candidates with previous experience in soft matter research and related experimental techniques. We are particularly looking for candidates with high level of self-motivation for research and a keen interest in fundamental questions related to soft matter systems relevant to biomedical applications Preference will be given to candidates with a background in small-angle X-ray/neutron scattering techniques and experience in data modelling.

A good command of English is required.

We offer

  • salary NOK 523 200 – 605 500 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter including a clear statement of the motivation for applying to this particular position.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • 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).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

For further information please contact: Associate Professor Reidar Lund, phone: +47 228 5508, e-mail:

For question regarding our application system, please contact HR Officer, Ørjan Pretorius,

About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The Department of Chemistry is Norway's largest institution within research and education in chemistry. Our research excels internationally and we educate students to a wide variety of jobs in industry, academia, research institutions, schools and public administration. Our research ranges from the core topics of chemistry to applied science within in environmental, health, energy and materials. The Department has extensive contacts with industry, research and educational institutions at home and abroad. As partner in the Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology our researchers contributes to a significant interdisciplinary efforts in cooperation with the Department of Physics. The Department of Chemistry has its own school laboratory as a great resource for teachers, public outreach and the didactics of chemistry.

Employer: University of Oslo
Municipality :Oslo
omfang: Fulltime
Duration: Temporary