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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Paleomagnetism and Plate Tectonics

Deadline: 28.11.2022

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.

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.

Job description

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available at the Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), hosted at the Department of Geosciences at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Starting date on 01.03.2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment is a fulltime research position and is for a period of three years.

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

Further description of project and position:

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral researcher to contribute to the EU-funded project ‘EPIC’ dedicated to understanding the nature of the Ediacaran paleomagnetic field through a combination of fieldwork, paleomagnetic and geochronological analysis, and plate tectonic modelling.

The Ediacaran Period (~635-540 million years ago) was a particularly dynamic interval in Earth’s history, marked by dramatic changes in climate, global geochemical cycles and the biosphere. Coeval records of the Earth’s magnetic field exhibit rapid variations that suggest dramatic changes may have been occurring in Earth’s lithosphere, mantle or core then too, but the specific nature of the Ediacaran paleomagnetic signals remains unknown. Establishing their origins is important, both for understanding global paleogeography at this critical time, and for understanding the evolution of Earth’s geomagnetic field and the geodynamo that powers it.

We seek a motivated Postdoctoral researcher who will work together with the international EPIC team to conduct fieldwork and experimental analyses of Ediacaran samples to unravel the nature of their rapidly-varying paleomagnetic records. The analytical work will involve a variety of paleomagnetic, rock-magnetic and paleointensity experiments and the researcher will also conduct advanced rock-magnetic and geochronological analyses abroad in collaboration with EPIC project partners.

A specific project plan will be discussed in collaboration with the successful candidate, who will be expected to take a role in further developing it during the course of the position. 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.

Required qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in geoscience (geology or geophysics). 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.
  • Prior experience with geologic fieldwork and paleomagnetic data acquisition and analysis is necessary.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Experience with any of the following is desirable:

  • Paleointensity experiments and analysis.
  • Absolute and/or relative dating methods.
  • Scientific programming.
  • Plate reconstructions and use of the software GPlates.
  • Maintaining a laboratory (especially a paleomagnetic facility).

Personal skills:

  • The candidate will work as part of a team and needs good communication and interpersonal skills.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 544 400 – 626 300 per year 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.
  • A budget for travel and research assistance.
  • 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 interest).
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, research experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity).
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works 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 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).

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

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.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

For further information please contact:

For questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Ole Rustad, e-mail: ole.rustad@mn.uio.no

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