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 Hydrologic Modeling

A position as postdoctoral research fellow (position code 1352) is available at the Department of Geosciences.

The fellowship will be for a period of 4 years of which 75 % is research, with 25 % compulsory work toward innovation. Together with Statkraft AS, we have been developing a new hydrologic modeling framework. The framework, known as “Shyft” is available on github, licensed under under LGPL V.3. The current position is part of an innovation initiative to establish products using the framework and the candidate will have collaboration opportunities to pursue innovation development. Several application domains may be served by operationalization of Shyft. With this position, the candidate is expected to further develop routines in Shyft to extend the application domains and open the possibility for the development of further products.

The candidate will work in the section for Physical Geography and Hydrology. The section currently hosts an Strategic Research Initiative: LATICE (“Land-ATmosphere Interactions in Cold Environments” see the LATICE web site. LATICE is dedicated to improving our knowledge on cold environment processes and their representation in Earth System Models (ESMs) through research on cold-regions exchange processes and particularly aims to advance the knowledge base concerning land-atmosphere interactions and their role in controlling climate variability and climate change at high northern latitude. LATICE plays a key role in integrating the research and field activities of the various disciplines of the department and nationally, including the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere and the cryosphere. Research outcomes from LATICE are expected to improve modeling capability and it is anticipated to use Shyft as a framework to test novel parameterizations. The position is expected to contribute to innovation outcomes from these developments.

The candidate will be part of a motivated research team with a high number of early career scientists working together in a highly interdisciplinary environment. The Postdoc will play an active role in the supervision of PhD students and provide integrating activity across the PhD topics and be expected to contribute to innovation activities around Shyft.


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their peers with respect to academic credentials. Applications are encouraged from dedicated candidates with excellent writing skills and the ability to work in a highly team-orientated environment.

The successful candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Geosciences, or a related discipline; e.g., a Ph.D. in Physics, Mathematics or Computer Sciences with experience in the earth sciences (with a strong background in numerical modeling. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in numerical modelling, and preferable also statistics. Previous experience with the Shyft framework is beneficial.

Creativity and innovation are valued as is a demonstrated high working capacity, passion for research, and self-motivation. The candidate should expect to work in a highly collaborative team-oriented environment and participate in a wide array of activities related to land-atmosphere processes with an emphasis on land surface processes in cold environments.

The successful candidate should further demonstrate:

  • Technical expertise in scripting (e.g. Python, R) or programming (e.g. C, C++)
  • Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research
  • Knowledge of large data analysis and visualization tools
  • Experience in the development of hydrologic and snow pack models
  • Ability and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary research
  • Good writing and communication skills

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines. Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions.

A good command of oral and written English is required.


Position code 1352, NOK 486 100 - 567 100 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter including a statement of research interests (1 page)
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of open source and agile software development workflows
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 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)

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

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 a.o.

Contact information:

For further information please contact: Professor John F. Burkhart, phone: +47 96 82 50 11, e-mail:

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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    2017/3452 - 1352 - F218
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