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.

PhD Research Fellow in Geological analysis of CO2 storage sites

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD Research Fellowship position (position code 1017) in “Geological analysis of CO2 storage sites” at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, as part of the new 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 subjects related to geological analysis of CO2 storage sites. The position has particular focus on research addressing subsurface storage sites in the North Sea basin(s), and will focus on caprock characterization with a basis in sedimentology and structural geology, based in seismic interpretation work integrated with drill hole data. As the position is integrated with the NCCS (, there will also be tasks directed towards the centre’s ambitions and integration, covering collaboration with other teams in the centre, and including the multidisciplinary UiO Energy hub and industry partners.

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work or for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (teaching responsibilities at the department) contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of 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 fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

Doctoral degree and PhD

A good command of English is required.

Doctoral degree: PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The applicant must have a Master degree or similar education, or be able to document the upcoming date of the defence for the degree.

It is essential for the applicant to have a background in basin studies within subjects such as sedimentology, structural geology and/or diagenesis.

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

Teaching and outreach experience is beneficial, and skills in both spoken and written Norwegian or Scandinavian language and/or English are required.

General requirements

The selection and ranking of the candidates will be based in the submitted application, relevance of experiences substantiated by courses and grades, publications (if any), and teaching experience.


Position code 1017, Salary:  432 700 – 489 300 NOK per year depending on qualifications and seniority.

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
  • Complete list of publications, presentation, posters, etc
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Copies of educational certificates
  • Names and contact details of two references (name, relation to candidate, e-email and telephone number).

Please remember that alldocuments should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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

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

For further information please contact:

Professor Jan Inge Faleide, e-mail:

CO2 storage team, Professor Alvar Braathen, email:

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

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  • Søknadsfrist
    18. april 2017
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    Universitetet i Oslo
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    2017/3416 - 1017 - F72
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