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.

PhD Research Fellowship in Seismic Modelling of Faults

A position as PhD Research fellow is available at Department of Geosciences.

The fellowship is for a period of 3 years. Starting date as soon as possible.

Applications are invited for a doctoral fellowship position in “Seismic modelling of faults” at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo. The position is assigned to the Geology and Geophysics Section that has a considerable project portfolio financed by the Norwegian Research Council, the European Union and industry. Education and research is undertaken in cooperation with national and international research institutions. The position will contribute to work in the new Environment-Friendly Energy Research Centre, the Norwegian CCS Centre (NCCS), and several other projects analysing seismic data in structural geology assessments.

The position has particular focus on research addressing the architecture of extensional/steep faults and how faults are imaged in seismic data. Fault imaging analysis will be based in a database from structural geology outcrop studies of extensional faults as analogues to faults in sandstone reservoirs. Information from this work will be used in developing methods for fault integrity risking, along two complimentary tasks: (i) use detailed outcrop data and 3D seismic interpretation work to identify fault geometries representing challenges in interpretation work, and (ii) test limitations in imaging of seismic fault geometries by synthetic seismic modelling. Tasks and results will be integrated with the NCCS team’s undertakings, covering collaboration with other partners in the centre, and including the multidisciplinary UiO Energy hub and industry.

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

Job description

The Department of Geosciences seeks a highly motivated geologist that can enrich and strengthen the Department in subjects related to risking of faults in sedimentary basins. The aim of the work is threefold; (i) perform some outcrop mapping of faults in sandstone-shale successions as analogue’s to subsurface faults and analyze the in-house fault database for geometric patterns, (ii) undertake 3D seismic study of fault zones encountered in high-quality seismic data from the Norwegian Continental Shelf (including CO2 storage sites), and (iii) use geometric information on faults from the other tasks to consider thresholds in seismic imaging by a systematic synthetic seismic modelling workflow.

Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in structural geology or closely related discipline. A background with seismic work is an advantage, and experience with fieldwork is of importance. The candidate should be proficient in English (oral and written), and be eager to undertake field campaigns abroad.

Qualifications and characteristics

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 applicant must document a Master degree or similar education, with academic achievements (grades and credit hours) fulfilling requirements for admission to the research-training program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,
  • It is essential for the applicant to have a background in structural geology, and experience from outcrop studies in structural geology beyond that offered in courses is beneficial,
  • Experience with seismic interpretation work of fault zones is an advantage,
  • Teaching and outreach experience is beneficial, and skills in both spoken and written Norwegian or Scandinavian language and a good command of English is required.

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

A good command of English is required

Doctoral degree: PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences


Position code 1017, Salary: NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

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 Alvar Braathen, email:

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

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    27. september 2017
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    2017/10117 - 1017 - F154
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