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Researcher in Paleo Climate

Deadline: 02.07.2024

About the position

Universitetet i 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 geosciences are the studies of the planet Earth and its comparative planetology; the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and cryosphere, the Earth's surface and its interior. The Department of Geosciences conducts research and teaching in most of the domains of geoscience; geology, geophysics, physical geography, geomatics, hydrology, meteorology and oceanography. The Department is the broadest geoscience research and education environment in Norway. We perform research at a high international standard and have five ERC (European Research Council) research projects ongoing.

The Department encompasses six scientific sections; Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Study of sedimentary basins, Environmental geosciences. and Crustal Processes. We host now a third in the line of three Centre of Excellences: PHAB – Centre for Planetary Habitability, and have a Norwegian Research School for PhD students (Research School for Dynamics and Evolution of Earth and Planets, DEEP).

The Department aims to contribute to the new and important UN Sustainability Development Goals, and are important contributors to IPCC (UN’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change). The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical- and administrative staff. The Department has around 200 employees.

Position as Researcher (position code 1108) is available at the Department of Geosciences, Section for Meteorology and Oceanography, University of Oslo. The position is for a period of 2 years. Starting date no later than 1st of December 2024.

The position is associated with NORCLI (Nordic Climate History). Using the past to envision the future. The candidate is expected to present a research project closely connected to the main project. NORCLI is an interdisciplinary project jointly run by the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (Prof. Dominik Collet) and the Department of Geosciences, Section for Meteorology and Oceanography (Prof. Kirstin Krüger) and is financed by UiO: Energy and Environment. It investigates what happened when Nordic societies faced abrupt climate change in the past 1000 years, aiming to contribute to and broaden contemporary discussions. NORCLI progresses from reconnecting and integrating data from historical and natural archives as well as climate models to narrating the result to a wider societal audience. The project collaborates closely with several other current projects (VIKINGS, Force-VOL, CLIMCULT, NORLIA, CLIMCRIS,) in the field of paleo climate and climate history.

The Researcher is expected to pursue a research project within this framework focusing either on paleo climate modelling and/or on paleo proxies (lake sediments, ice cores, tree rings). As the candidate will be working closely with the second NORCLI researcher based in historical sciences, we ask for potential areas of collaboration to be highlighted in the application. During the first year the position is connected to an international research group on Nordic Climate history at the Center for Advanced Study (CAS) in Oslo. The prospective candidates are welcome to contact the NORCLI project leaders ahead of submission of the job application.

Qualification requirements:

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe's leading communities for research, education and innovation. 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.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree in Paleo Climate or a related discipline. Master thesis must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved master’s degree are eligible for appointment.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • Previous documented experience with paleo climate modelling or paleo climate proxies, interdisciplinary designs and the historical archives on climate is appreciated.

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The research project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance, and innovation
  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame and to contribute to the main project
  • The potential to integrate and develop interdisciplinary approaches and to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines

We offer:

  • Salary NOK minimum 540 500 – 584 500 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1108)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest for the position)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and other qualifying activity)
  • Project description (approx. 3 pages. See Template for project descriptions for an outline). The project description must present a feasible progress plan. It should highlight potential areas of interdisciplinary cooperation with the corresponding researcher in the climate history and the two PIs.
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records
  • 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).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations:

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 a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact persons:

For further information about the position please contact:

  •  Kirstin Krüger, email: kirstin.kruger@geo.uio.no 

or Dominik Collet, email: dominik.collet@iakh.uio.noFor questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Ole Rustad, e-mail: ole.rustad@mn.uio.no

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