Onsager Fellowship Programme

Onsager Fellowship Programme

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The Onsager Fellowship Programme is designed to recruit young, internationally recognized researchers to strengthen the university's academic community.

The Onsager Fellows work on topics ranging from robotic vision to theoretical condensed matter physics and marine structures for the future.

Downloadable photos of the Onsager Fellows at NTNU (Flickr)
Photo: Thor Nielsen/NTNU

Erin Bachynski

Erin BachynskiErin Bachynski

Marine Structures for the Future – Marine Technology

I work with the development and application of numerical tools and experimental techniques in the area of marine structures for renewable energy. In order to design safe and efficient structures to harvest the vast renewable energy resources offshore, we need better understanding and modelling of the loads and responses of offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy devices.

Chiara Bartolin

Chiara BertolinChiara Bertolin

Zero Emission Refurbishment of the Built Environment

My research focuses on microclimate studies for built environment and cultural heritage preservation. I intend to use an innovative, non-destructive technique suitable for aged/heritage materials to directly trace the risk of mechanical damage in real and controlled environments.

Charles Butcher

Charles ButcherCharles Butcher

Economics of Natural Resources and Quantitative Peace Research

My research focuses on understanding violent and nonviolent uprisings in authoritarian regimes. In particular, I am interested in how bargaining between the state and non-state groups drives the onset, duration, and outcomes of resistance movements.

Jeroen Danon

Jeroen DanonJeroen Danon

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics 

I work in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics, mostly focusing on problems related to quantum information applications and often in close collaboration with experimental groups. Current directions of my research include devising and improving (topological) qubits in solid-state devices and understanding transport properties of complex superconductor-semiconductor hybrid structures.

R. Jason Hearst

R. Jason HearstR. Jason Hearst

Environmental and Applied Turbulence

Turbulence is omnipresent in flows of engineering and practical interest, yet we still don’t have a full understanding of it.  Through fundamental experiments, I work to improve our knowledge of the intersection of turbulent flows with our daily lives, from wind turbine energy output, to more efficient pipelines and carbon capture, to airflow around buildings.

Stefan Geiss

Stefan GeissStefan Geiss

Public Opinion Formation in a Transforming Media Environment

I study the dynamics of opinion formation in politics, media coverage, and among citizens: Which topics move into the public’s focus, and which are overlooked? Which messages resonate, and which go unheard? How do processes of media change transform the way we make up our minds? The goal is to empower citizens to form well-considered opinions, and specify which messages are conducive to that end.

Richard Kumaran Kandasamy

Richard Kumaran KandasamyRichard Kumaran Kandasamy

Medicine – Systems Biology

Inflammation plays a major role in the initiation and pathogenesis of a number of diseases such as sepsis, atherosclerosis and diabetes, among others. My research group aims to understand the molecular aspects of inflammation and antiviral signalling using state-of-the-art modern technologies to identify drug targets for treatment of inflammatory and infectious diseases.

Josef Kiendl

Josef KiendlJosef Kiendl

Marine Structures for the Future – Marine Technology

My research is in the field of computational mechanics for structural analysis. This includes the elaboration of mathematical models to describe complex mechanical behavior on the one side as well as the development of computational tools in order to enable an efficient design-analysis workflow for engineering applications. I want to focus these methods specifically to applications in marine structures.

Ekaterina Kim

Ekaterina KimEkaterina Kim

Risk-based marine systems design for Arctic operations

«Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty», – Jacob Bronowski. 

My research is driven by challenges in the Arctic and a desire to develop methods and tools for risk-based analysis, design and operation of marine systems and structures. 

Dave Kush

Dave KushDave Kush


My research investigates the structure of the mental representations that support human language understanding. A major part of my work focuses on how language users build linguistic representations in real time.

Barbara van Loon

Barbara van LoonBarbara van Loon

Medicine – Molecular Biology

My research aims to understand the impact that exposure to toxic environmental and endogenous agents has on the well-being of living organisms. Using a translational approach, I study how changes in essential biomolecules contribute to the development of diseases, such as cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Michael David Martin

Michael David MartinMichael David Martin

Evolutionary Genomics of Natural History Collections

Research in my lab involves analysing genome sequences in order to reconstruct and interpret the evolutionary histories of plants, animals, and their pathogens. I am particularly attracted to cases in which ancient DNA derived from natural history collections allows us to explain present-day distributions of biodiversity by looking directly into the past.

Dennis Meier

Dennis MeierDennis Meier

Inorganic or Hybrid Functional Materials

My research studies the emergence of novel states of matter, arising from the intricate coupling of spin, charge, and orbital degrees of freedom in low symmetry systems with strongly correlated electrons. Of special interest are functional nano-objects that can serve, for example, as information carriers or miniaturized electronic elements in future devices.

Jonas Moeck

Jonas Moeck

Modeling and control of unsteady phenomena in thermo-fluid systems

Many technical systems have been optimized over the last decades. Significant improvement, for example, an increase in efficiency, reduction of pollutant emissions, or enhanced operational flexibility, can often only be achieved by managing or possibly leveraging unsteady phenomena. I use experimental and theoretical methods for this purpose.

Nicola Paltrinieri

Nicola PaltrinieriNicola Paltrinieri

Risk Assessment

My research addresses the development and enhancement of risk assessment methodologies for the prevention of major accidents. I focus on safety-critical complex systems within the chemical and petroleum industry.

Annette Stahl

Annette StahlAnnette Stahl

Robotic Vision

In my research I'm concerned with the development of approaches that utilize the combination of visual and other sensor information for unmanned vehicles (AUVs, UAVs, USV, rovers) that have to navigate/plan and act in real time under water, on ground, air or in space. Currently I focus on the innovative application of advanced mathematical methods in robotic/computer vision and machine learning for solving problems in maritime environments.

Francisco J. Beltrán Tapia

Francisco J. Beltrán TapiaFrancisco J. Beltrán Tapia

Institutions and economic development in historical perspective

My research analyses how societies build different institutional settings, the conditions under which these institutions evolve, and their influence on economic development. Currently, my work focuses on the link between inequality and educational outcomes in historical perspective.

Martin Wagner

Martin WagnerMartin Wagner

Plastics, the environment & health

Today, we live in the plastic age. As biologist and toxicologist, I am interested in how plastic materials and chemicals leaching from it affect the environment and human health. My research contributes to understanding the complex interactions of man-made agents with biological systems with the aim to develop science-based solutions.

Xu Wang

Xu WangXu Wang

Complex Brunn-Minkowski theory

The complex Brunn-Minkowski theory is a complex (number field) version of the classical Brunn-Minkowski inequality in convex geometry.

It was established by Berndtsson around 2005 and has found many applications in complex analysis,  K\”ahler geometry and algebraic geometry.


Video: Rector Gunnar Bovim welcomed NTNU’s new top researchers in the Onsager Fellowship programme at a reception.

Lars Onsager

Lars Onsager

Photo: Nobel Laureate Lars Onsager

The Onsager Fellowship programme is named after the Norwegian-American chemist and physicist Lars Onsager (1903–1976).

He received a Ch.E. degree from the Norwegian Institute of Technology, that later became NTNU, in 1925. In 1968 he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work done in 1931 on irreversible thermodynamics.

Lars Onsager in Wikipedia.