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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Industrial Semantic Technologies

Deadline 23.11.2018

Job description

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 Department of Informatics (IFI) is one of nine departments belonging to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.. IFI is Norway’s largest university department for general education and research in Computer Science and related topics. The Department has near 950 students on bachelor level, near 450 master students, and over 180 PhD students. The overall staff of the Department is close to 250 employees, about 200 of these are full time positions. The full time scientific staff is 60, mostly Full/Associate Professors.

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A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is available the SIRIUS Centre at the Department of Informatics. The position is for two years. Starting date is preferably from January 2019.

Project description

SIRIUS is a Centre for Research-based Innovation in Scalable Data Access in the Oil & Gas Domain. It is located at and led by the University of Oslo. The centre started operations in 2016 and has been funded by the Research Council of Norway for 8 years. Partner companies include Statoil, Schlumberger, IBM, DNV-GL, Evry, Computas, Kadme, Numascale, Dolphin Interconnect, OSISoft, SAP and TechnipFMC. Academic partners are the University of Oxford, Simula Research Laboratory and NTNU. The aim of the centre is to provide a vehicle for delivering industrially-relevant, innovative research through collaboration between the centre’s partners and through associated projects. SIRIUS has a central role in the innovation ecosystem around the University of Oslo and the engineering, IT and oil companies in South-East Norway. For more information about SIRIUS, see http://sirius-labs.no

SIRIUS has the ambitions to deliver innovative informatics solutions to the Oil & Gas industry. We have on-going projects on the application of semantic technologies to problems in oil and gas exploration, production and operations. We also have ongoing collaboration with Brazilian companies and universities. To that end, we are looking for a post-doctoral researcher who will:

  • Work on industry-driven research projects related to the application of semantic technologies to oil and gas applications, with a particular focus on collaboration projects with Brazilian companies and Universities
  • Participate in ongoing research in knowledge representation, data science and natural language processing within the SIRIUS Centre
  • Work for 30% of the position with coordination of SINOS, a Norwegian-Brazilian collaboration network for energy research. This network consists of four universities in Norway (Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger and NTNU) and three research institutes (SINTEF, IFE, NORCE). This network organizes an annual conference each year in Rio de Janeiro

Qualification requirements

Required qualifications include:

  • A Ph.D. degree in computer science with a relevant subject
  • The candidate should be able to demonstrate broad knowledge in semantic technologies with experience from the application domains of the research group and demonstrate an interest in the application of semantic methods to industrial applications
  • The candidate should have a strong publication record and experience with international research projects on topics relevant to the SIRIUS Center. The candidate should have experience in research collaboration with industrial partners in these domains. International mobility and international collaborations will be an advantage
  • Experience in supervising MSc and PhD students will be given additional weight

Additionally, skills in the following areas would be of advantage:

  • Machine learning and statistics
  • Human/computer interaction and visualization
  • Natural language technology
  • Knowledge of the oil and gas industry, or other heavy industry
  • A working knowledge of Portuguese

English is the working language of the SIRIUS Centre, so a good command of the English language is expected.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions:


We offer

  • Salary NOK 524 200 – 576 100 per year depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • Stimulating, challenging and friendly work environment
  • An organization in continuous development with ambitious goals
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • 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:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A list of publications and 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).

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 as Postdoctoral Fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and 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

For further information visit the centre’s website at or contact:

For questions about the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, +47 22 85 42 72, e-mail: [email protected]

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