Research at the Department of Mathematical Sciences

Mathematician teaching at blackboard. Photo.

Mathematics is the language of technology and natural science, and an important part of our cultural heritage. It develops continually, and extensive research effort goes into both theoretical and applied mathematics.

The academic staff at the Department of Mathematical Sciences are organized into 5 research groups.

Research Groups


The group's research activity is mostly oriented towards theoretical studies of algebraic questions, but members of the group also work on more applied topics related to cryptography.


The group's research covers several and various disciplines in mathematical analysis: From the Complex analysis, Harmonic analysis and Functional analysis, to Operator algebras and Noncommutative geometry.

Differential equations and Numerical Analysis (DNA)

The DNA group does research and education in pure and applied mathematics, with a special focus on theory and numerics for differential equations and optimization problems.

Geometry & Topology

The research in geometry and topology spans problems ranging from fundamental curiosity-driven research on the structure of abstract spaces to computational methods for a broad range of practical issues such as the analysis of the shapes of big data sets.


The research activity includes computational statistics, extreme value theory, design of experiments, reliability analysis, spatial statistics, theoretical statistics, functional genomics, and stochastic and statistical modelling in ecology, evolution and conservation biology.


Current research projects
Funded by / Period Project Name Principal Investigator
FRIPRO Toppforsk (NFR/NTNU), 2016‑2020 Waves and Nonlinear Phenomena Helge Holden
FRINATEK (NFR), 2016‑2020 Representation theory via subcategories Steffen Oppermann
EU, Horizon 2020 Challenges in Preservation of Structure (CHiPS) Elena Celledoni
NFR, 2015–2018 Penalized Complexity-priors: A new tool to define default priors and robustify Bayesian models Håvard Rue
NFR, 2014–2018 Uncertainty in Reservoir Evaluation Henning Omre
NFR, 2014–2018 Structure Preserving Integrators, Discrete Integrable Systems and Algebraic Combinatorics (SPIRIT) Brynjulf Owren
NFR, 2013–2018 Dirichlet Series and Analysis on Polydiscs (DISPDISC) Kristian Seip
NFR, 2014–2017 Clusters, combinatorics and computations in algebra Aslak Bakke Buan
NFR, 2014–2017 Nonlinear water waves Mats Ehrnström
NFR, 2013–2017 Triangulated Categories in Algebra Petter Bergh
NFR, 2012–2016 Discrete Models in Mathematical Analysis (DiMMA) Yurii Lyubarskii
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Instituttleder Einar Rønquist.Professor Einar Rønquist, Head of Department at the Department of Mathematical Sciences.


Research Centres

Research centres with participants from IMF.

Centres of Excellence (SFF)

Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME)

PhD Studies

The PhD programme in mathematical sciences is standardized to 180 credits (3 years). The final plan for the PhD programme is designed in consultation with the candidate, the supervisor and department depending on the subject area for the thesis and the candidate’s needs and preferences.

Vacant positions at the Department

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