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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Petrology

Deadline: 02.06.2022

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.

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), the former CoE, Physics of Geological Processes (PGP) and several externally financed projects. There are 10 professors and associate professors at the center, in addition to doctoral research fellows, postdoctoral fellows, researchers and technical and administrative staff - in total about 55 persons.

Job description

Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow available at the Njord Centre.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.

Starting date no later than 01.09.2022.

More about the position

Applicants are invited for a 2-year position as a Postdoctoral Follow in Petrology at the Njord Centre with a starting date before the 1st September 2022. The position is funded by the European Research Council through the project Break-Through Rocks . The project is hosted at the Njord Centre and involves collaborations with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility where internships will be organized.

The Njord Centre is a cross-disciplinary geoscience-physics centre at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UiO. The Centre aims to be a main cross-disciplinary driver for the future development of Physical Sciences in general, with a focus on a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of fluid-solid systems with Earth-like complexity.

The appointment is a 2-year full-time position focused on the development and application of experimental techniques and image analysis methods to study the problem of residual strain in deformed rocks. The main goal of the position is to enable direct measurements of the residual strain in rock samples deformed naturally or in experiments. The applicant will be responsible for implementing techniques that involve synchrotron 3D X-ray diffraction, high-resolution EBDS, and Raman spectroscopy, and will develop a collaboration with the European Synchrotron in Grenoble, France.

The candidate will also perform field work to collect samples. Then, these measurements of residual strain will be interpreted in terms of fossil stress recorded by the samples. The candidate will develop image and data analysis routines to process the natural and experimental samples and will actively contribute to model development from these data. These developments will leverage the expertise of the University of Oslo in measuring fossil stress recorded in deformed rocks. The applicant is also expected to engage in outreach activity connected to the research activity at the Njord Centre.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period

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 doctoral degree in Earth Science, with a strong component in petrology. 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.

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Documented knowledge of programming languages for data analysis such as Python or R is required.
  • Knowledge of petrological modelling tools such as PerpleX, Theriak-Domino or Thermocalc is required.
  • Experience in petrography and analysis of rocks (SEM, EPMA, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy) is required.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English is required.
  • Knowledge in crystallography and diffraction techniques applied to minerals (EBSD, X-ray Powder Diffraction, sigle crystal XRD) is highly desired.
  • Experience with image analysis techniques is highly desired.
  • Field work competences to map and sample rocks in mid- to lower-crustal environments is highly desired.

Personal skills

  • Njord actively works for the creation of a friendly and welcoming work environment and the applicant is expected to actively contribute to this.
  • Scientific independence, personal drive, sense of detail.
  • Open-mindedness, creativity and flexibility, ability to combine concepts from different disciplines.
  • Ability to efficiently communicate scientific ideas.
  • The applicant is expected to enjoy participating in outreach activities

We offer

  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Postdoctoral development programmes
  • 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 interests, potential connections between the applicant’s previous work and the goals of this project)
  • 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 three 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 in a Scandinavian language.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidate’s 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

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

If an applicant has applied for and been granted funding for a research stay abroad while being employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the employment will be prolonged with the equivalent time as the research stay, but for no longer than twelve months (thus extending the employment to a maximum of four years).

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 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 information

For further information please contact: François Renard, phone: +47 47688752, e-mail: [email protected]

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, e-mail: [email protected]

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