2 PhD Research Fellowships in Modelling & Simulation with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for Crisis Management Training University of Oslo, Department of Technology Systems Norway

PhD Research Fellowships in Modelling & Simulation with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality for Crisis Management Training - two positions

Job description

Two PhD Research Fellowships in the field of Modelling & Simulation are available at the Department of Technology Systems.

The fellowships are part of the MixStrex project funded by the Norwegian Research Council’s User-driven Research based Innovation (BIA) program. The project is hosted by EON Reality Norway AS in collaboration with, among others, Gexcon AS, Forsvarets forskningsinstitutt (FFI), the University of Oslo (UiO), Handelshøyskolen BI and Høgskolen i Innlandet.

The objective of the project is to develop technology for planning, conducting and analyzing crisis management training that uses mixed reality simulations. Mixed reality simulations involve a mix of live training scenarios, virtual gaming, computer-controlled simulations and augmented and virtual reality technology. Synthetic and live objects and events influence each other.

The two fellowships are dedicated to research on the information-technological  aspects of the objective under two main themes:

  • The structure of information that must flow between exercise management tools and simulations in virtual and augmented reality technology.
  • The division of simulation functionality into services hosted in a cloud so that simulations can be composed quickly according to the learning task at hand.


More about the position

Each fellowship period is 3 years and devoted to carrying out a project entitled “Structured training and exercise with mixed reality for crisis management” (MixStrex).


The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The starting date is no later than 01.09.2018.


The successful candidate will gain timely expertise within current technology trends that are highly relevant for crisis management and other applications in both the private and public sectors.


Qualification requirements


  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in computer science, formal logic, distributed systems, physics or mathematics. Applicants from other fields (even outside the natural sciences) may also apply if they have relevant skills in modelling and simulation, formal languages or distributed systems architecture.
  • The Master’s degree (120 ECTS) must have received a minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS.
  • Applicants must be especially well motivated and ready for dedicated work toward the project’s objectives together with other participants in the project. Successful candidates will be expected to take the lead (with the support of supervisors) on their respective research areas in harmony with the project’s objectives. 
  • Applicants must have fluent oral and written communication skills in English and/or a Scandinavian language.
  • Successful candidates must be eligible for Norwegian security clearance at the level required for the project.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has an 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 fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD program must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:




We offer


  • salary NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • 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

  • Cover letter. Statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work 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, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. 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.

Qualified applicants will be called in for an interview.



Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.


According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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

Dr. Jo Hannay, phone +47 63 80 74 54, +47 47 95 50 15, jo.hannay@ffi.no


Dr. Stian Løvold, phone: +47 22 84 22 06, +47 94 19 09 20, stian.lovold@its.uio.no


For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR-officer Nina Holtan, nina.holtan@mn.uio.no


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 Technology Systems (ITS) is a newly established department at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo. ITS has taken over the activities at UNIK from January


2017. The Institute is located in the Kjeller Research Park, which is one of the largest research and development centers in Norway. ITS collaborates with the research institutes at Kjeller, and with industry, while it is also tightly integrated with complementary activities at UiO in Oslo. The department has two sections: section for energy systems and section for autonomous systems and sensor technologies. An important goal of ITS is to provide wider opportunities at UiO within applied technologies.



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