Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Marine Geophysics 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Marine Geophysics 

Job description

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

Starting date no later than May 1, 2023.

The appointment is a fulltime 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.

Continental breakup of the NE Atlantic in the Paleogene was associated with voluminous magmatism and global warming during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. Extensive volcanic rifted margins and a new ocean were subsequently formed. This project aims at developing a consistent lithostratigraphy and petrophysical characterization of ten IODP Paleogene drill sites in the Norwegian Sea, followed by high-resolution core-log-seismic integration and interpretation of 3D seismic reflection data. These results will be used to revise the Paleogene sedimentary basin development along the West of Shetland and mid-Norwegian continental margins, including the impact of the massive NAIP magmatism on paleoclimate, ocean circulation, vertical motions, and source-to-sink systems.

The postdoctoral position is part of a new project called PALMAR (“Paleogene Basin Development on the Vøring and Møre Margins”), a collaborative project between the universities of Oslo, Bergen, and Tromsø and two industry partners. The project is based on recent scientific core data acquired by the International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) in 2021, in combination with high-resolution 2D and P-Cable 3D seismic data acquired in 2020 and 2022. The postdoc candidate will work in a cross-disciplinary research environment together with PhD students, postdocs, and researchers. The postdoc will work in Oslo, but collaborate with researcher in Bergen and Tromsø.

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 geology. 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.
  • Documented experience in 2D and 3D seismic interpretation of sedimentary and volcanic basins in the NE Atlantic, including borehole-seismic integration skills.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Desired qualifications: 

  • Documented experience in marine geology and geophysics, and computational skills including GIS experience.

Personal skills:

  • Excellent written/oral skills.
  • Team work.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 544 400 – 593 500 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.

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

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: Prof. Sverre Planke, phone: +47 957 56 097, e-mail:

For questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Ole Rustad, e-mail:

About the University of 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.

Deadline: 31 March 2023
Unit: Department of Geosciences
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Post expires on Friday March 31st, 2023