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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography

Deadline: 15.05.2023

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.

Job description

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available at the Section for Meteorology and Oceanography (“MetOs”) within the Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo.

The appointment is a full-time position, for a period of two years. The preferred starting date is 15 August, 2023.

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

The position is funded under the «Rough Ocean» project, financed by the Norwegian Research Council. The goal is to improve understanding on the effects of bottom topography on large scale oceanic flows, including the vertical structure of time-varying currents, the stability of jets and planetary waves, and the dynamics of bottom-intensifed waves. We will study oceanic processes both at middle and at high latitudes, specifically in the Arctic. The project is being conducted in collaboration with scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California San Diego, at Florida State University and at the Ecole Normale Superieur de Paris (ENS).

The position is based in Oslo, Norway. The applicant will in addition spend up to one month per year at Florida State University, analyzing output from a state-of-the-art numerical simulation of the North Atlantic. The position offers unique networking opportunities, with close collaboration with groups in the US, Norway, France and Sweden. In addition to the extended visits to the partner institution(s), there will be ample opportunities to attend international conferences. Oslo offers many cultural and natural attractions to enjoy as well.

The successful applicant will become a member of the Department of Geosciences and of the Section for Meteorology and Oceanography (MetOs) in particular. MetOs has a dynamic and growing group of PhD students and post-docs who are keen to interact. The main goal is to provide the candidate with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or outside academia.

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 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 physical oceanography, dynamical meteorology, physics or applied math. The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date of this announcement. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defense are eligible for appointment.
  • A strong background in fluid mechanics, particularly in geophysical fluid dynamics, and in programming.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Personal skills:

  • The applicant is able to work independently, but also enjoys working in a team.

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
  • 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, 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; 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.

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.

No one can be appointed twice as a Postdoctoral fellow financed with funds from The Research Council of Norway (NFR).

If an applicant has applied for and been granted funding for a fulltime 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 of 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.

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

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For questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Ole Rustad, email: [email protected].

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