PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics

University of Bergen


June 29, 2021


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PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years. The position is subject to the Pandemic Centre and 2/3 of the compulsory work (e.g. teaching duties) will be there.

The Pandemic Centre

The Pandemic Centre is an independent center at the University of Bergen (UiB) administratively anchored at the Department of Global Health and Community Medicine and thematically a part of UiB's focus area Global Challenges. The vision of the Centre is to produce, teach and disseminate socially relevant knowledge for preparedness and management of pandemics in a long-term perspective. The Centre's purpose is to initiate and facilitate interdisciplinary research and educational collaboration on topics related to pandemics.

About the project/work tasks

The position is within the project MATHCOM, focusing on uncertainty quantification in data analysis and modelling related to epidemics and pandemics, and on challenges and methods to communicate such uncertainties to people with various background. The hired PhD student will be working closely with researchers with various scientific background within the Pandemic Centre, including PhD students from other fields.

The candidate will be based at Department of Mathematics but will be expected to work part of the time at the Pandemic Centre Alrek health cluster in Bergen.

The main work tasks will be:

  • to contribute to the development of the interdisciplinary work at the Pandemic Center
  • perform a literature review on different reproduction numbers, how they are being estimated and uncertainties in these methods.
  • perform data mining on available data from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • review the operational epidemiological models used by governments, with special focus on uncertainties and sensitivities.
  • pursue new methods for estimating the reproduction number by combining data and modelling, e.g. data assimilation and machine learning methods.
  • assess how people, with different background, understand risks and uncertainties.
  • Qualifications and personal qualities
  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics or data science. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 31.08.2021. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Solid background in mathematical topics, such as linear algebra, numerical methods, and basic statistics is a requirement.
  • Programming experience, in e.g. Python, R or Matlab, is a requirement.
  • Solid background in advanced statistics, data analysis, probability and risk analysis is an advantage.
  • Background in mathematical modelling, dynamical systems, differential equations and/or inverse methods is an advantage.
  • Experience in using machine learning techniques is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

    About the PhD Research Fellow

    The duration of the PhD Research Fellow is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises required duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. 2/3 of the compulsory work will be at the Pandemic centre.

    The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

    About the research training

    As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

    We can offer
  • exiting development opportunities as part of your role in a strong professional environment.
  • salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 491 200. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Your application must include
  • a motivation letter describing your research interests and motivation for applying for the position, including reflections on challenges and opportunities when working cross disciplinary.
  • a brief description of how you think you can contribute to the development of the Pandemic Centre
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should 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. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming the expected date of award of your master's degree. Your master's degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on completed degree and your grade, by 31.08.2021.
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  • 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.

    General information

    For further details about the position, please contact professor Guttorm Alendal, Department of Mathematics,, +47 99395056.

    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.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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    About The University of Bergen

    The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad.

    There are seven departments and several centres at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments.


    29th June 2021


    University of Bergen




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