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Researcher position in Planetary Mineralogy

Deadline: 26.03.2021

Job 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.

Centre for the Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence that provides a stimulating and well-funded research environment. The main goal of the centre is to develop a model that explains how mantle processes drive plate tectonics and trigger massive volcanism and associated environmental and climate changes throughout Earth's history.

The centre explores the distribution and history of tectonic plates in time and space, and examines the driving mechanisms that steer all stages of the ‘Wilson Cycle’, and aims to establish the links between Earth's interior, crust and oceans, atmosphere and biosphere. CEED endeavors to also unravel similarities and differences of our planet with earth-like planetary bodies.The centre was established in 2013 and consists of ca. 70 full time and part time professors and researchers, PhD Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Fellows.

A position as Researcher is available at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway. The fellowship is for the period 15.5.2021 to 28.2.2023.

More about the position

A new and exciting era of planetary space exploration started in 2000 with a plethora of in-situ and orbital missions in operation at terrestrial planets and small Solar System bodies. The characterization of the surface of these planetary objects is one of the major goals of space exploration. In both, planetary and small body samples, water related alteration have been observed, which not only document the likely presence of water in planetesimals, but also the challenge in understanding when the water was present.

A two-year researcher position is sought, aimed at determining broader context of fluid alteration pathways in Solar System bodies. The prime target of this project will be Mars and its aqueous alteration. The project seeks to explore connections between crustal mineralogy, geochemistry and aqueous evolution and habitability via comparative study of terrestrial rock analogues and meteorite samples.

The main focus of the research will be to perform carefully petrological and geochemical analyses of the samples with various techniques (Scanning Electron Microscopy, Electron Micro Probe, X-ray Diffraction, X-ray Fluorescence, Raman, NIR). Ability to work with non-destructive (tomographic) techniques would be advantageous. The candidate should also contribute to collecting analogue samples and potentially laboratory alteration experiments.

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.

  • PhD in the area of geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology or related disciplines. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment.
  • Ability to conduct and organize research both independently and as a key member of an international team
  • Experience in analytical techniques relevant for the project
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Excellent communication skills to allow for presentation to specialists as well as to scientists outside the area of research
  • Strong drive towards research publications

Experience in one or more of the following areas are highly desirable

  • Martian mineralogy and geochemistry/mineral characterization
  • Geochemical/kinetic modelling
  • Laboratory experiments and analytical methods (SEM, XRD, EMP, XRF, spectroscopy in NIR, Raman, LIBS)
  • Applying for research funding and project designing
  • Experience with student supervision
  • Experience in planetary sciences is considered an asset

We offer

  • Salary NOK 526 000 – 608 200 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • 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

How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work, and other qualifying activity)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications and academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone 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).

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

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 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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this.

Contact information

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For questions regarding the electronic recruitment system, please contact HR manager Torunn Standa Guttormsen: [email protected]

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