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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in computational mineralogy and geochemistry

Deadline: 22.02.2021

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.

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 massivevolcanism 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.

About the position

Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow available at CEED, the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo.

The appointment is a fulltime position and is for a period of two years. Starting date as soon as possible, and no later than 1 September 2021.

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

Job description

To strengthen the deep Earth materials group, we seek a postdoctoral research fellow in computational mineralogy and geochemistry, applying first principles atomistic simulation by density functional theory and thermodynamic integration.

We investigate the phase relations, material properties (especially mineral and melt densities) and chemical transfer in the lower mantle and outer core. The candidate must align with our current focus on core-mantle chemical exchange of major elements like Si and O, as well as mineral-melt partitioning of large-ion lithophile elements. Developing or implementing new methods is important in these efforts. Simple BurnMan modelling of mineral densities along different geotherms will also be useful and essential.

Our objective is to put tighter constraints on the structure, materials, material properties and dynamics of the lower mantle and outer core. In particular, this includes early refractory domains in middle of the lower mantle, the large low shear-wave velocity provinces (LLSVPs) and the ultra-low velocity zones (ULVZs) in the D"-zone and a possible outermost stagnant core layer.

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 the fields of mineralogy, materials science or solid-state physics. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and completed defense are eligible for appointment.
  • Experience in the first principles atomistic simulation method is required.
  • Programming skills, using e.g. Python, is also essential.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

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
  • Postdoctoral development programs
  • 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, 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. 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.

Digital 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.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow 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

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For questions regarding the electronic recruitment system, please contact HR adviser Torunn S. Guttormsen: [email protected].

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