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 urban Water Modeling

Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship available at Department of Geosciences.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.

A two-year position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo. Starting date is as soon as possible and preferable by 1 January 2018. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned.

Job description:

The two-year post-doctoral research position is sought as part of the newly funded joint research project of The Research Council of Norway entitled: New water ways – towards water-sensitive and climate-adapted Nordic cities (NFR Project #270742). The Project Owner is Norwegian Institute of Water Research (NIVA), Norway and University of Oslo is one of the main partners. The primary objective of "New Water Ways" project (consists of 5 work packages) is to spur the transition from traditional urban water management (UWM) to sustainable water-sensitive and climate-adapted UWM by assessing the social, economic and environmental implications of different infrastructure solutions, combinations of those and management strategies at multiple spatial scales. The specific aim of the work-package 3, where the post-doc is allocated at, is to develop an integrated model to assess the social, environmental and economic consequences of a future water-sensitive and climate-adapted UWM in comparison to traditional water management (baseline).

We are seeking candidates who have a strong interest and experience in hydrological modeling in general; and experience in urban hydrological modeling is preferable (software: DHI’s MIKE, EPAs SWMM). The successful candidate will be expected to participate actively in the research community in the department in close cooperation with the modelers at Oslo Municipality, Water and Sewerage (VAV) and in collaboration with DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd) for smooth integration of the results into the integrated assessment tool.

Qualification requirements:

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.

The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in hydrology, meteorology or related geo-scientific field with documented knowledge relevant for the qualifications given above.

Candidates should have a good process understanding of hydrological processes of urban areas and have documented experience in hydrological modeling (Knowledge and experience in urban hydrological modeling software are appreciated but not a requirement for applicants). The successful candidate should further demonstrate:

  • Strong quantitative skills, including hydrological modelling (experience in urban hydrological modeling will be a strong plus) and data analysis
  • Ability to work with hydraulic data sets, combining observations and model simulations
  • Technical expertise in computer software and programming
  • A proven track record in peer-reviewed publications
  • Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research

Applications are encouraged from dedicated candidates with excellent writing and communication skills, good cooperation skills and ability to work in a highly team-orientated environment.

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:

Alternatively, for information in Norwegian:

A good command of English is required.

We offer:

  • Salary: NOK 490 900 - 569 000 per annum, depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • A professional stimulation working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

The application must include: 

  • Application letter providing motivation
  • 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.

Formal regulations:

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

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

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

For further information please contact:

Professor emeritus Nils Roar Sælthun, E-mail: or Professor Chong-Yu Xu, E-mail:

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

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  • Søknadsfrist
    30. september 2017
  • Arbeidsgiver
    University of Oslo
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  • Kommune
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  • Intern-ID
    2017/9840 - 1352
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