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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in geological analysis of CO2 storage sites

Deadline: 15.06.2022

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.

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

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

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to two years.

Starting date for the position is expected to be August 2022.

The Department of Geosciences seeks a highly motivated geoscientist that can enrich and strengthen the Department in analysis of offshore basins, with an emphasis on future subsurface CO2 storage sites. Focus is on identification and validation of large-scale, potential storage formations in the Southern North Sea, and will cover work of reservoirs, top-seals, faults, and salt mobility. As salt-tectonics impacts the study area, this will be of high relevance. The work will cover seismic studies of subsurface depositional systems, impacted by vertical movements driven by salt and fault tectonics.

The position is funded by the UiO:Energy and related to the NCCS centre, guiding expectations towards ambitions and integration. The fellow will collaborate with other teams in the centre, including Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, 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, and to contribute to UiO:Energy tasks. Work will include developing and supervising research activity and student work, and promotion of the group and its achievements. There are anticipations around initiating and developing research projects.

The position has no teaching obligations, but may involve supervision of Master students and other minor contributions to the Department’s study programs. There are some general administrative duties according to current regulations at the Department.

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 geosciences. 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.
  • It is essential for the applicant to have a strong background in analysis of sedimentary basins. Experience with salt tectonics is an asset.
  • The applicant should have significant experience with 3D seismic interpretation work and the utilization of well log data. Experience from outcrop study is beneficial.
  • Applicants should have a growing track record of publications in high-level international journals and have an internationally orientated research profile.
  • Experience from interdisciplinary work and student supervision is beneficial.
  • The candidate should be fluent in spoken and written English, with a fundamental understanding of Norwegian expected with time.
  • For field work, candidates should be qualified for Visa to the USA, Oman and elsewhere and hold an internationally recognised drivers licence.

Personal skills

  • Teamwork skills, as well as the ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm, personal drive, and ability to take initiative
  • Flexibility, ability to work structured and meet deadlines

We offer

  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 583 500 per year 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 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 transcripts only)
  • 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. 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.

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