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Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)
Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)

Researcher - The Njord Centre

Deadline: 15.11.2019

Job/project description

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.

Njord is a cross-disciplinary Geology-Physics center hosted by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo.

We focus on the fundamental physics of geological processes related to: transport and reactions in deformable porous media, fracturing and fragmentation processes, interface dynamics during

geophysical flows, and intermittency and pattern formation in geological systems far from equilibrium. We conduct research on earth systems that range in scale from atoms to continents and apply methods where fieldwork, numerical modelling, experiments and theory act in concert.

The center includes the Oslo-branch of PoreLab, which is a Center of Excellence (CoE), and the former CoE, Physics of Geological Processes (PGP). There are 13 professors and associate professors at the center, in addition to doctoral research fellows, postdoctoral fellows, researchers and technical and administrative staff – in total about 65 persons.

Flere stillinger fra Universitetet i Oslo

We invite applications for a challenging researcher position in the intersection between physics and geoscience. The goal is to test and validate a history-dependent friction theory that includes the effect of slip history as well as rate-and-state friction, apply the model to understand key frictional systems, and disseminate the results. The goal of the project is to develop a multi-scale model for history-dependent friction, combining molecular and continuum scale approaches, and apply the model to the frictional sliding of glaciers.

The candidate is expected to provide a research statement that should be handled in with the application to address how their background and research ideas contribute to such as project. The project is financed by the Norwegian Research Council. The successful candidate will work in a team of physicists and geoscientists at the Njord Center, which is a cross-disciplinary center at the University of Oslo, and will contribute to supervise a PhD-student and a post-doc in the same project.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these positions will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Required qualifications:

  • The candidate must have a research background in computational modeling of friction processes in physics and geoscience, and preferably a background in multi-scale modeling of frictional processes and modeling of frictional processes in glaciers
  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Physics or Geophysics. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

We offer

  • Salary NOK 523 200 – 583 900 per year, depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities


An expert committee will evaluate the applications. Information and materials that should be considered by the committee must be submitted within the deadline. Applicants will normally be called in for interview.

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • A short (1 page) research statement
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records (PhD, Master)
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. 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. Applications with documents missing will not be considered further.

Formal regulations

Please refer to the regulations for the use of researcher positions:


According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity. The University of Oslo has a goal of recruiting more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.

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