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.

Researcher in CO2 storage

Applications are invited for a 4-years researcher position in CO2 storage at the The Department of Geosciences.

Researcher and research management in CO2 storage:

The Department of Geosciences together with Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law are partners in the new national centre of Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME) focusing on carbon capture and storage. The Norwegian CCS Research Centre (NCCS) – Industry-driven innovation for fast-track CCS deployment - is headed by SINTEF Energy and includes a large number of research institutions and industry partners. Central activities at the UiO NCCS research group are on geological CO2 storage at Department of Geosciences and on the legal aspects of the full-scale CCS chain at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law.

The position includes geological research within the field of CO2 storage. In addition the position involves management and coordination support of the UiO NCCS research group. The position reports to the leader of UiO NCCS research group, Professor Alvar Braathen.

The position lies under the Department of Geosciences. The UiO NCCS research group is also part of the strategic research area UiO:Energy.

Job description:

Research (approximately 60 %): The scientific focal area of the position is the ongoing research on geological CO2 storage at the Geology and Geophysics Section of the Department of Geosciences. This work addresses reservoir-caprock characterization and fluid systems with a basis in sedimentology, structural geology and geochemistry, partly based in seismic interpretation work integrated with drill hole data. The researcher will hold a leading role in regional storage site screening and assessment tasks, spanning across to detailed site investigations and related de-risking analyses. The work will be undertaken in close collaboration with PhD and Postdocs, and will include some supervision of Master students.

Research management and support (approximately 40 %): The position will provide management and coordination support to the academic staff of the UiO NCCS research group. This includes being involved in the overall reporting, dissemination and outreach activities of the Centre, as well as other relevant externally funded portfolio activities. The candidate will also represent the UiO NCCS research group at various national and international meetings, and shall jointly with the academic staff advance further cooperation with national and international research partners.

Qualifications and characteristics:

  • The applicant must have a PhD or equivalent education in a geoscience subject
  • It is essential for the applicant to have a strong background in geology with specialization of relevance to CO2 storage, such as sedimentology, structural geology, geochemistry, and/or seismic analysis of sedimentary basins
  • Applicants should have a solid track record of publications in high-level international journals and have an international orientated research profile
  • Experience from public outreach and promotion, interdisciplinary working environments, and project management is advantageous
  • Interest in social and legal aspects of environmental and energy related research and substantiation is beneficial
  • Working 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 selection and ranking of the candidates will be based on submitted scientific publications, outreach/promotion experience and organization of research projects. A statement around motivation and possible contributions to the ongoing CO2 storage work is expected.


Position code 1009, Salary: NOK 486 100 – 588 100 per year, depending on qualifications.

The application must include:

  • Letter of application including aspirations based in own research experiences, and foreseen contributions to the CO2 storage work
  • Documentation of teaching, outreach activity and other relevant experience
  • CV including a list of publications and students supervised
  • Copies of scientific papers, maximum 10
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 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.

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:

CO2 storage, Professor Alvar Braathen, email:

For questions regarding the recruitment system Jobbnorge, please contact HR Officer Helene Beate Jansen, e-mail:, phone: +47 22 85 71 96.


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  • Søknadsfrist
    21. april 2017
  • Arbeidsgiver
    Universitetet i Oslo
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    2017/3361 - 1109
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