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PhD Research Fellow in geological analysis of CO2 storage sites - Horda Platform

Deadline: 01.06.2021

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.

About the position

Applications are invited for a 3-years PhD fellowship in “Geological analysis of CO2 storage sites, Horda Platform” at the Department of Geosciences, as part of the Environment-Friendly Energy Research Centre, the Norwegian CCS Centre (NCCS). The position is assigned to the Geology and Geophysics Section that has a considerable project portfolio financed by the Norwegian Research Council, the European Union and the petroleum industry. Education and research is undertaken in cooperation with national and international research institutions.

Preferred starting date no later than August 2021.

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

Job Description

The Department of Geosciences seeks a highly motivated geoscientist that can enrich and strengthen the Department in the field of tectonic analysis of offshore basins, with an emphasis on future subsurface CO2 storage sites. Focus is on identification and de-risking large-scale, potential storage sites (upscaling of Northern Lights project) in the Horda Platform, North Sea, and will cover work of reservoirs, top-seals and faults. As faults represent a critical risk for storage site integrity, the work will cover seismic studies on fault geometry and characteristics, fault displacement fields of relevance to growth and vertical movements including impact on sedimentary systems, and lithological juxtaposition, all of relevance to fault seal integrity workflows.

The position is funded by the NCCS centre, guiding expectations towards the centre’s ambitions and integration. The fellow will collaborate with other teams in the centre and industry partners.

The holder of the position is expected to contribute as a dynamic member in the group working with geological characterisation of storage sites for CO2 sequestration both at UiO and in NCCS. Tasks will include developing and supervising research activity and student work, and promotion of the group and its achievements.

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.

  • The successful candidate must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in geology
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • It is essential for the applicant to have a strong background in tectonics of sedimentary basins, with expected knowledge in techniques and methods applied in detailed study of faults
  • The applicant should have significant experience with 3D seismic interpretation work and the utilization of well log data. Experience from work on the Nowegian Continental Shelf and the Horda Platform, and/or outcrop study is beneficial,
  • Candidates should be qualified for Visa to the USA and elsewhere and hold an internationally recongised drivers licence.

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

http://www.uio.no/english/research/phd/

http://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/phd/

We offer

  • Salary NOK 482 200 – 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career 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 and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic experience, scientific publications etc)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The Department of Geosciences offers the opportunity for financing an additional year used for teaching duties (distributed over a 4 years period). If you are interested, the candidate should also provide documentation of teaching experience and a statement of motivation to perform teaching duties.

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).

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

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

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.

Contact information

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

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