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Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)
Blindern og Urbygningen (Foto: Wikimedia og Colourbox)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Geochemistry / Economic Geology

Deadline: 13.03.2020

Job description

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Natural History Museum at the University of Oslo is Norway’s most comprehensive natural history collection. For almost 200 years, specimens of animals, fungi, plants, rocks, minerals and fossils have been collected, studied and preserved here. The museum is located at Økern and in the beautiful Botanical Garden, which is not only popular for recreation, but is a scientific collection in itself.

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The mineralogy research group at the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, is seeking a person to develop geochemical tools for the exploration of pegmatite-type deposits in the frame of the HORIZON2020 GREENPEG project (Nr. 869274) “New exploration tools for European pegmatite green-tech resources”. The main study object is the mineral quartz and is trace element signature and variation. The main study areas are Wolfsberg in Austria and Leinster in Ireland, where pegmatites with economic potential occur. The aim its to establish quartz as pathfinder mineral to identify economic pegmatite-type resources in Europe.

More about the position

Trace element analysis of quartz will be performed predominantly with laser ablation inductively plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) and to some extend with secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) and solution ICP-MS. Field work will be carried out in both study areas to set the geochemical results in a regional and genetic context.

The GREENPEG project consortium consists of 13 European companies and academic institutions, which will develop geochemical and geophysical tools for the exploration of European pegmatite-type deposits. The interdisciplinary consortium ensures exchange of ideas through project meetings, common fieldwork campaigns, and summer schools.

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to three years (10% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities).

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold a PhD in Geology or Mineralogy or related topic. Possible ongoing doctoral dissertation studies must be submitted for evaluation prior to application closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.

Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

The following qualifications will count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • Practical experience with LA-ICP-MS and/or SIMS instrumentation from data collection to data processing and evaluation.
  • Field work experience in ore deposit mapping and sampling

Personal skills

  • Someone who keep deadlines, is very well organized and manages tasks carefully
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Strong skills in dissemination and communication of research results (e.g. publication)
  • Enable to carry out fieldwork in mountainous environments

We offer

  • salary NOK 523 200 - 583 900 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow for three years (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo's family-friendly environment with its 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)
  • a detailed CV
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications
  • list of reference persons: 2 references (name, institution, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone 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 then be in English.

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.

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

About the position and project:

About administrative aspects and application procedures: HR-Advisor Thomas Brånå, e-mail: [email protected]

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