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.

Postdoctoral Research fellowship in Structural de-risking of CO2 storage sites

Applications are invited for a 4-years post-doctoral fellowship position in “Structural de-risking of CO2 storage sites” at the Department of Geosciences, as part of the Environment-Friendly Energy Research Centre, the Norwegian CCS Centre (NCCS). 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. Education and research is undertaken in cooperation with national and international research institutions.

Job description

The Department of Geosciences seeks a highly motivated geoscientist that can enrich and strengthen the Department in the field of structural geology analysis of CO2 storage sites. The position has particular focus on research addressing subsurface storage sites in the North Sea basin(s), and will cover key subjects around faults in reservoirs and overburden. As faults represent a critical risk for storage site integrity, the work will cover seismic fault analysis, broadened by advanced studies around fault displacement and related fault growth, lithological juxtaposition, and fault core composition and architecture; all contributing to methodology targeting risking of faults as seals or pathways to fluid flow. Further, the work could include research into mechanic properties of faults and fault rocks (fault reactivation), depending on aspirations. As the position is funded by the NCCS (, there will also be tasks directed towards the centre’s ambitions and integration, including collaboration with other teams in the centre 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. Tasks 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.

Teaching obligations covering 25% worktime will include teaching, supervision of students and younger researchers, and exam-related work, all within the relevant fields in the Department’s study programs. There are some general administrative duties according to current regulations at the Department.

Qualifications and characteristics

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for this fellowship will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The applicant must hold a PhD or equivalent, or document a forthcoming PhD defence.

It is essential for the applicant to have a strong background in structural geology and fault analysis, with knowledge in techniques and methods applied in detailed study of fault displacement and fault-seal of relevance for reservoir performance.

The applicant should have significant experience with 3D seismic interpretation work and the utilization of well data.

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.

Teaching experience is beneficial. The teaching language is Norwegian and English. Applicants who are not competent in Norwegian must acquire such competence within two years subsequent to their appointment to be able to participate actively in all functions the position entails.

General requirements

The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines. Persons that have or earlier have had a postdoctoral position at the University of Oslo are not eligible for this position. The selection and ranking of candidates will be based on their scientific track record, submitted scientific publications, teaching and supervision experience, research cooperation, and research statement. Good communication abilities and interest in contribution to an active and open research environment are considered key assets.

A good command of English is required.

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

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

The Universityof Oslo has an agreement for all employees aiming to secure rights to research results.


Pay grade: NOK 486 100 – 588 100 per year, depending on qualifications.

The application must include:

  • Application letter substantiating qualifications and scientific interests
  • CV containing:
  • the institution where the master thesis (or equivalent) was received and the date of graduation, including the title of the thesis
  • the title of the Ph.D thesis, the institution where the Ph.D. was received (or will be received) and the date or expected date of the defense
  • the institutions where the applicant has been employed after receiving the Master and Ph.D.
  • complete list of publications, presentation, posters, etc
  • teaching experience (subjects) and pedagogical training
  • Copies of educational certificates
  • Names and contact details of two references

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Please remember that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Contact information:

CO2 team leader, Professor Alvar Braathen,

Department Head Brit LisaSkjelkvåle,

For questions about the recruitment system, please contact HR-Officer Helene Jansen,

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  • Søknadsfrist
    21. april 2017
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