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 planet Earth; the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and cryosphere, the earth's surface and it’s interior. The Department of Geosciences is Norway’s widest ranging academic geoscience research environment, encompassing four sections (Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes) and one Centre of Excellence (Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics). In addition we participate in other centres and hold several ERC grants. The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical staff and administrative personnel, to a total number of 240.

Associate Professor (20 %) in Applied and Experimental Structural Geology

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo invites applications for an Associate Professorship (20 %) in Applied and Experimental Structural Geology.

Applications are invited for a 3-year Associate Professor position (20% position) in applied and experimental structural geology the Department of Geosciences. The position is assigned to the Geology and Geophysics Section that has a considerable project portfolio financed by the Norwegian Research Council, the European Union and the petroleum industry, and is part the strategic research area UiO:Energy. The Department of Geosciences is partner in the new national centre of Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME), the Norwegian CCS Research Centre (NCCS). One focus area for the UiO NCCS research group is structural geology-based risking of CO2 storage sites.

Job description

We seek a highly motivated geoscientist that can broaden the section’s capability in structural geology in subjects such as: (i) analysis of faults as seals or pathways to fluid flow, (ii) deformation mechanisms and time-dependent rheology changes in sedimentary rocks, (iii) fault mechanics and fault reactivation assessments, and (iv) geomechanical laboratory testing. The position is expected to contribute to research addressing subsurface CO2 storage sites in the North Sea basin(s), with key topics covering faults in reservoirs and overburden, hereunder mechanical characteristics of faults and fault rocks.

In the 20% position, there is a significant teaching obligation, covering classroom lecturing, supervision of students, and exam-related work, all within the relevant fields in the Department’s study programs. Depending on the candidates background, teaching contributions towards; (i) bedrock hydrogeology with a focus on faults and fractures, and (ii) structural geology and applied structural geology are expected.

Qualifications and characteristics

  • The applicant must have a PhD or similar education in structural geology.
  • A background in research targeting deformation of rocks is essential. Key areas are fault and fracture systems, and their significance as fluid conduits/baffles and in stability assessments.
  • Experience with planning, performing and analysing experimental geomechanic laboratory work is expected.
  • Applicants should have a comprehensive 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.
  • Teaching experience is positive. The teaching language is Norwegian and English.
  • Applicants, who at the time of appointment cannot provide documentary evidence of formal teaching competence, must acquire such competence during a period of two years.


Position code 1011, NOK 579 300 – 686 900 per year in a full time position, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include

  • Letter of application including a statement around motivation and possible contributions to the sections structural geology work
  • Documentation of teaching and other relevant experience
  • CV including a list of publications and students supervised
  • Copies of scientific papers, maximum 10
  • Names and contact details of 2 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language. Application documents will not be returned with exception of original publications.

Please see Rules for Appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships for more details regarding scientific qualifications and the assessment.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees aiming to secure rights to research results:

For further information please contact:

Professor Alvar Braathen, email:

Department Head Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle, e-mail:

For questions about the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer Helene Jansen, + 47 22857196

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  • Deadline
    Tuesday, October 3, 2017
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    University of Oslo
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    2017/9476 - 1011
  • Scope
    Part time
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