Vidar Skogvoll

Contact information

Work experience

  • Senior Lecturer
    University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    August 2023 - present
    Senior lecturer at the centre of teaching and learning at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Focus on how to implement machine learning into the science education programs.

  • PhD Candidate
    University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    August 2019 - June 2023
    PhD candidate in condensed matter physics focusing on phase-field modelling of microplasticity.

  • Teacher (lektor med opprykk) Hersleb High School, Oslo, Norway August 2017 - June 2019
    Taught physics and mathematics at the upper secondary level.

  • Teach First Norway Candidate
    City of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    August 2017 - June 2019
    Two-year leadership program aimed at bringing talented scientists and engineers to work in the education sector.

  • Assistant Teacher
    City of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    May 2015 - August 2015
    Assistant teacher during the summer course “Matteknappen 2”.

  • Group Teacher
    University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    January 2015 - December 2016
    Group teacher in Mechanics (FYS-MEK1110) and Modelling and Computations (MAT-INF1100).

  • Summer Intern
    University of Oslo - FASE, Oslo, Norway
    June 2014 - July 2014
    Summer internship investigating the high temperature characteristics of a certain perovskite oxide.

  • Volunteer
    Red Cross Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    August 2013 - August 2016
    Volunteered at Red Cross centers in Oslo helping high-school students with homework.

  • School Band Instructor
    Kløfta Skolekorps, Oslo, Norway
    August 2012 - June 2014
    In charge of instructing the two youngest groups of the school band.

  • School Band Instructor
    Steindal Skolekorps, Trondheim, Norway
    September 2010 - June 2011
    In charge of the group juniorer (ages 10-12) and partially in charge of the group aspiranter (ages 8-9).

  • Employee
    McDonald’s Nidarvoll, Trondheim, Norway
    October 2009 - April 2012
    Part-time employee with the kitchen as the main area of work.


  • PhD in Condensed Matter Physics
    University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    August 2019 - June 2023
    Doctoral degree in condensed matter physics employing the phase-field crystal model.

  • Master of Science in Theoretical Physics
    University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    August 2015 - June 2017
    Graduated with a grade of A.

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
    University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    August 2012 - June 2015
    Bachelor in physics with a focus on theoretical aspects. Avg. grade: A.

  • Pedagogical Education
    University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
    June 2017 - June 2018
    Avg. grade: B.

  • Musical Education
    Manger Folkehøgskule, Manger, Norway
    September 2011 - May 2012
    A year of musical education focusing on the trumpet and brass band.

  • High School
    Trondheim Katedralskole, Trondheim, Norway
    August 2009 - June 2011
    Focused on science.

  • High School
    Lycée Privée Notre-Dame, Fontenay-le-Comte, France
    September 2008 - June 2009
    First year of high school in France.


  1. Skogvoll, V. (2023). Symmetry, topology, and crystal deformations: A phase-field crystal approach [Doctoral thesis]. Link
  2. Skogvoll, V., Rønning, J., Salvalaglio, M., & Angheluta, L. (2023). A unified field theory of topological defects and non-linear local excitations. Npj Computational Materials, 9(1), Article 1. DOI
  3. Skogvoll, V., Angheluta, L., Skaugen, A., Salvalaglio, M., & Viñals, J. (2022). A phase field crystal theory of the kinematics of dislocation lines. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 166, 104932. DOI
  4. Skogvoll, V., Salvalaglio, M., & Angheluta, L. (2022). Hydrodynamic phase field crystal approach to interfaces, dislocations, and multi-grain networks. Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering. DOI
  5. Skogvoll, V., Skaugen, A., & Angheluta, L. (2021). Stress in ordered systems: Ginzburg-Landau-type density field theory. Physical Review B, 103(22), 224107. DOI
  6. Skogvoll, V., Skaugen, A., Angheluta, L., & Viñals, J. (2021). Dislocation nucleation in the phase-field crystal model. Physical Review B, 103(1), 014107. DOI
  7. Skogvoll, V., & Liabøtrø, O. (2017). Composite fermion basis for M-component Bose gases. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 50(40), 405301. DOI
  8. Skogvoll, V. (2017). Three M-Species Generalizations for Rotating Bose Gases in the Lowest Landau Level. Link


  • Programming languages: Python, C++, MATLAB, LaTeX, Git
  • Software: Inkscape, Audacity, Microsoft Office, Google Suite, VS Code
  • Languages: Norwegian (native), English (fluent), French (advanced), German (intermediate), Spanish (intermediate), Swedish (intermediate orally)

Awards and grants

  • The King’s Watch
    Trondheim Cathedral School, 2011
    Award received during high school.

  • Third Place in the Norwegian Physics Olympiad
    University of Oslo, 2011
    Awarded for excellence in physics among Norwegian high school students.

  • Guest at the Abel Prize Dinner
    Representative of Red Cross Oslo, 2015
    Invited as a representative due to contributions to Red Cross activities.

  • Kristine Bonnevie Travel Scholarship
    University of Oslo, 2020
    Scholarship awarded for academic travel purposes.

  • The Njord Centre PhD Award
    Njord Center, University of Oslo, 2022
    Recognized for outstanding PhD research contributions.