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Researcher in Digital Geosciences

A position as Researcher is available at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo. Starting date as soon as possible and preferably before 1st July 2017. The position is in close cooperation with the Department of Informatics, also at the University of Oslo.

The position is for two years with a possible prolongation of two years.

The successful candidate will work within the Section of Geology and Geophysics at the Department of Geosciences and SIRIUS, the Centre for Scalable Data Access in the Oil and Gas Domain at the Department of Informatics.

For more information about the Department of Geosciences, see For more information about SIRIUS, see

SIRIUS is a Centre for Research-based Innovation in Scalable Data Access in the Oil & Gas Domain. It is located at and led by the University of Oslo. The centre started operations in 2016 and has been funded by the Research Council of Norway for 8 years. Partner companies include Statoil, Schlumberger, IBM, DNV-GL, Evry, Computas, Kadme, Numascale, Dolphin Interconnect, OSISoft and fluidOps AG. Academic partners are the University of Oxford, Simula Research Laboratory and NTNU. The aim of the centre is to provide a vehicle for delivering industrially-relevant, innovative research through collaboration between the centre’s partners and through associated projects. SIRIUS has a central role in the innovation ecosystem around the University of Oslo and the engineering, IT and oil companies in South-East Norway.

Project description

The oil/gas industry has access to many different databases containing both structured and unstructured petroleum geoscientific data. However, extracting data from these databases is often a time consuming process and several iterations between a geoscientist (the data requestor) and a data expert (the data provider) is necessary. To make it easier for the geoscientist to directly query the databases, without the necessity to know complicated query languages, we can reduce the time spend on data retrieval.

The successful candidate will apply his/her broad geoscientific knowledge to translate geological and geophysical vocabulary, specifically within the petroleum geoscience domain, into so called ‘semantic models’. These models show then structured relationships between common terms used among petroleum geoscientist and that can be mapped to the vocabulary in the databases. The final aim of the project is to develop models, in cooperation with SIRIUS partners, that can be implemented in existing applications querying databases or that may lead to development of spin-off products. For the purpose of this specific research project, close collaboration with Statoil, one of the industrial partners in the SIRIUS centre, is of main importance.

The candidate will also have responsibility to recruit and supervise students in the fields of petroleum geology/geophysics who could be interested in data science.


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

Applicants should have either (1) a Ph.D. or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in geology/geophysics, preferably petroleum geology and geophysics or (2) a M.Sc. in geology/geophysics and relevant work experience in the oil and gas industry. High digital competence is required, i.e. experience with scientific programming and being able to work in a digital environment (e.g. GitHub, Jupyter Notebook). Basic knowledge of ontology and semantics in computational science is desirable.

A good command of English is required.


Position code Researcher without PhD (SKO 1108) Salary: NOK 532 400 – 567 100 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

Position code Researcher with PhD (SKO 1109), Salary: NOK 542 900 – 577 400 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • A list of publications and 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.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

Contact information:

For further information please contact: Dr Michael Heeremans, +47 228 56615,  

Professor Arild Waaler, +47 228 40055,, or

Centre Coordinator for SIRIUS Dr David Cameron, +47 228 50446,

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

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    1. mai 2017
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    2017/3743 - 1108/1109
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