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

Associate Professor in Sedimentology

Deadline: 15.12.2019

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.


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.

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A position as Associate Professor in Sedimentology is available at the University of Oslo (UiO), Department of Geosciences.

The position is organized under the Geology and Geophysics Section. The section has thirteen professors and associate professors, several adjunct professor and a large number of Postdocs and Ph.D. fellows and support staff. The position will be placed within the “basin-group”; the research focus is on sedimentary basins, from their genesis, to infill, to post-depositional processes.

The research group has a considerable project portfolio financed by the Norwegian Research Council, the European Union and national and international industry partners. An extensive cooperation with national and international research institutions is established. The sections is also a part of a Centre for Environmental Friendly Energy FME NCCS Norwegian Carbon Capture Centre.

Job description

Our aim is to expand our research profile in sedimentary systems and processes and the distribution of depositional environments in time and space, including basin fill dynamics and modern processes. The position shall strengthen our research by adding process-oriented sedimentology from modern and ancient source-to-sink, also relevant for related fields like environmental geology and quaternary geology/geomorphology.

We seek a highly motivated candidate in the field of processes in clastic sedimentary systems that will bring experience from coupling modern depositional systems with ancient, lithified strata using modern techniques from both field- and lab-based datasets. The appointed candidate will bridge the gap between large-scale sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy, and near surface geochemical and compactional processes. Placing the group in a leading position where sedimentological research is carried out on every scale. A background from quantitative and qualitative mapping of inherent variabilities in natural systems, spatially and temporally, modern and ancient, will be an advantageous.

The candidate should strengthen the section’s existing expertise in field observations and use of analytical methods, with big data and machine learning techniques.

Computing in Science Education (CSE) is a major strategic goal at our Faculty and include computing as a natural tool for all science and engineering students.

The department has an undergraduate, graduate, and PhD-program. The appointee is expected to plan and execute teaching in specialized courses that cover fundamental and/or advanced sedimentology, as well as assist in other courses when needed. Teaching is carried out in Norwegian and English. The standard teaching load is one full-credit (10ECTS) course per semester.

Staff members have administrative duties according to regulations at the department.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold a PhD in sedimentology or related field.

The position requires an innovative, active and strong profile with documented potential for performing high quality research and teaching. The successful applicant should be on an upward trajectory and is expected to:

  • have a strong potential to secure and execute research projects at a high international level. If the candidate has not yet succeeded to secure own research funding, her/his potential for initiating research and ability to attract external funding will be assessed.
  • have the ability to work in a team-oriented research environment towards other research fields.
  • have a scientific network.
  • have a track record of publications in high-level international journals and an international oriented research profile
  • show a commitment to deliver excellent teaching at the undergraduate level as well as master/PhD level courses and document basic teaching qualifications. The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.
  • have sufficient computational skills to be able to include application of relevant software and development of scripts/code for the teaching.
  • demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

We offer

  • salary NOK 615 900 – 691 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Associate professor (position code 1011)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • the opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (complete list of education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience, project acquisition and coordination experience, and other qualifying activities)
  • Up to 10 selected scientific publications the applicant wishes to include in the evaluation or A complete list of publications
  • A research plan describing the applicant’s scientific ambitions for the position
  • A portfolio of experience with developing and renewing study plans and teaching methods, and a statement on teaching philosophy
  • A portfolio containing documentation of capability of external fundraising and other qualifications the applicant wants considered
  • PhD Diploma
  • 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. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

As a general rule an interview will be used in the appointment process, and it may be appropriate to require trial lectures. The basis for assessment will be the scholarly production of the applicant, other qualifications, pedagogical or educational, the applicant’s qualifications within leadership and administration as well as the general personal suitability. In ranking the competent applicants, the full range of qualifications will be considered and explicitly assessed. Cf. the Rules for appointments to associate professorships.

Formal regulations

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.

The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

Please see the rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships and Rules for the assessment and weighting of pedagogical competence.

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.

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

Contactinformation

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, phone +47 22854272, email:[email protected]

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