PhD Research Fellow in computational mathematics for geoscience – ERC MaPSI project

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The Department of Mathematics has a vacancy for a PhD position in mathematics for geoscience with start date between 1 December 2023 and 15 April 2024.The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years.

The position is part of the ERC Consolidator Grant “Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of Process-Structure Interaction in Fractured Geothermal Systems” (MaPSI) and the VISTA Center for Modeling of Coupled Subsurface Dynamics (CSD,

About the project/work tasks:

In the development and production of high-temperature geothermal resources, large, induced gradients in pressure and temperature during injection operations result in complex coupled processes. This includes boiling of geothermal fluids and deformation of the fractured rock, coupled dynamics that are currently not well understood. This provides a core motivation as well as challenging test cases for the mathematical and numerical developments in the MaPSI project.

MaPSI has as its main objective to provide mathematical models and simulation technology required to assess subsurface process-structure interaction in the context of hydraulic and thermal stimulation in development and production of high-temperature geothermal resources. This includes development of numerical approaches to enable modelling of geothermal reservoir case-studies for multiphase flow and phase-change in thermo-poroelastic media with fractures that may slip, deform, and propagate. Software development in the project will expand on the open-source software framework PorePy (, which already has strong capabilities in modelling of multiphase flow and coupled process-structure interaction in fractured porous media.

The successful candidate will contribute to research activities in the MaPSI project and the CSD research center. Tasks can include development of mathematical models, development and implementation of numerical methods and implementation of cases relevant for understanding processes in the field.


Research Field
Mathematics » Applied mathematics
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent education in applied and computational mathematics or scientific computing, or, alternatively, in computational physics or computational geoscience. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 1 April 2024. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded
  • Education at master’s level and strong expertise in mathematical modelling, partial differential equations, numerical analysis, and related software development is a requirement
  • Good programming skills are required
  • Experience with numerical methods for flow in porous media and/or geomechanics is an advantage, but most emphasis will be placed on background in applied and computational mathematics
  • 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

In the assessment of relevant candidates, a holistic assessment of both quality and breadth in the candidates’ background will be carried out. Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized.

Special requirements for the position 
The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.


Additional Information


We can offer:

  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment
  • salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017) in the state salary scale. This currently constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 532 200 (equivalent to pay grade 54). Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits
Eligibility criteria

Your application must include:

  • a brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • 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 01.04.2024
  • 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.

Additional comments

About the PhD Research Fellow position:

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years.

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 at 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.

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact Professor Inga Berre, Department of Mathematics, University of Bergen, e-mail:, telephone number: +47 990 42 244.

For HR related matters, please contact HR adviser Magnus Larsen, University of Bergen, e-mail:

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.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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