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Researcher in Physical Oceanography

Deadline: 01.12.2022

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. The Department encompasses five sections; Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes (Njord centre) and one Centre of Excellence CEED - Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics.

The Department aims to contribute to the new and important UN Sustainability Development Goals. The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical- and administrative staff. Approximately number of employees are 240 at the Department.

Job description

A researcher position is available at the Section for Meteorology and Oceanography (“MetOs”) within the Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo. The preferred starting date is 1st of February 2023. The appointment is a full-time position, for a period of two and a half years.

The successful applicant will work on two projects. The first is focused on understanding the effects of rough bathymetry on ocean flows, including the vertical structure and stability of time-varying currents and the dynamics of bottom-intensifed waves. The project is being conducted in collaboration with scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California San Diego, at Florida State University and at the Ecole Normale Superieur de Paris (ENS). During the second period, the project will be focused more specifically on the Arctic, with a similar emphasis on understanding the effect of bottom relief on flows.

The position will be based in Oslo. The applicant will in addition spend up to one month per year at Florida State, analyzing output from a state-of-the-art numerical simulation of the North Atlantic. The applicant will also work with a marine geologist based in Paris and with oceanographers at Stockholm University. Thus the position offers unique networking opportunities, requiring close collaboration with groups in the US, Norway, and France and Sweden. In addition to the extended visits to the partner institutions, there will also be ample opportunities to attend international conferences.

Beyond the specifics above, the successful applicant is expected to become an active member in the Geosciences department and in the MetOs section. MetOs has a dynamic and growing group of PhD students and post-docs who are keen to interact. A central focus with the position is to provide the candidate with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific position within or outside academia.

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 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 doctoral degree in physical oceanography. A doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation by the application closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defense are eligible for appointment.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • A strong background in mathematics and programming are an advantage.

Personal skills

  • The applicant is able to work independently, but also enjoys working in a team.
  • The applicant is willing to move to Oslo, a vibrant city in Scandinavia with many natural and cultural attractions.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 544 400 – 604 400 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
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with rich opportunities for cultural and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications
  • 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.

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.

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

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