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. 

Centre for the Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence that provides a stimulating and well-funded research environment. The main goal of the centre is to develop a model that explains how mantle processes drive plate tectonics and trigger massive
volcanism and associated environmental and climate changes throughout Earth's history.
The centre explores the distribution and history of tectonic plates in time and space, and examines the driving mechanisms that steer all stages of the ‘Wilson Cycle’, and aims to establish the links between Earth's interior, crust and oceans, atmosphere and biosphere. CEED endeavors to also unravel similarities and differences of our planet with earth-like planetary bodies.
The centre was established in 2013 and consists of ca. 60 full time and part time professors and researchers, and a number of PhD and Postdoc researchers.

PhD Research Fellowship in Earth Crises

A position as PhD Research fellow is available at the Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), Department of Geosciences.

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work. Starting date must be no later than 01.09.2017.

Note that no one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

Project description:

Large-scale archaeological excavations of Southern Scandinavia indicate considerable cultural, material and societal change during the transition from the Migration Period to the Late Iron Age (CE 500-600) across Europe and Scandinavia. Of special interest is the possible link between climate deterioration, vast crop failure, and the onset of plague, all of which gave rise to extensive changes in land use and settlement patterns. This project is to reconstruct both seasonal temperature and seasonal precipitation regimes based on tree rings covering the time period. Wood specimens will be prepared for stable isotope measurement using intra-annual high-resolution sampling techniques, and carbon and oxygen isotope analyses will be performed on the resulting materials. Changes in seasonal precipitation and temperature will be calculated using previously published models in order to formulate a new vision of the effects of climate upon society during the development of earliest Viking culture. The candidate will work in collaboration with bio-geochemists, geologists, and archaeologists.

Requirements and qualifications:

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 class with respect to academic credentials.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in geology, biology, or a related field. Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2017 to complete the final exam for a Master’s degree. Applicants must have previous experience generating stable isotope data (bulk, as well as specific-compound, 13-carbon analyses; cellulose isolation and 18-oxygen analyses via thermal decomposition). Applicants should also have some experience presenting research results in both written and oral formats.

Desired (but not required) qualifications include: operation and maintenance of IRMS (isotope ratio mass spectrometer) systems, as well as the use and development of isotope tracer studies for biological/ecological applications; familiarity with the intra-annual high-resolution tree ring sampling and interpretation methods, and the successful publication of past research.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

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

Doctoral degree: PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

A good command of English is required


Position code 1017, Pay grade NOK 430 500 – 490 900 per year

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work 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)

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. 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.

For further information please contact:

Professor Anne Hope Jahren, e-mail:

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

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  • Søknadsfrist
    11. juni 2017
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    University of Oslo
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    2017/5895 - 1017- F143
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