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 sediment diagenesis

A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available at Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway. The fellowship is for a period of 34 months. Starting date is as soon as possible.

Project and Job Description:

Jurassic and Triassic intervals are considered the most important in terms of undiscovered hydrocarbon resources in Norway. In order to better understand the distribution and quality of both reservoir and source rocks, it is necessary to understand the large-scale external events affecting these intervals.

The project “Internal and external forcing factors on the Source-to-Sink infill dynamics of the Lower Mesozoic Greater Barents Sea Basin” (ISBAR) aims: 1) to consolidate and calibrate our common understanding of the Lower to Middle Mesozoic stratigraphic evolution in the large-scale Greater Barents Sea Basin and 2) to explain basin responses to different and variable, but interconnected, internal and external forcing factors.

The ISBAR project is funded by the Research Council of Norway (Petromaks 2 program) and Statoil and is led by University of Bergen with partner institutions are University of Oslo, University of Tromsø, University Centre at Svalbard and Lomonosov Moscow State University. It will be a significant multi-disciplinary contribution to exploration in the immature frontier basin of the Barents Sea. Novel collaboration between leading Norwegian and Russian institutions will provide fundamental and new insight on the basin infill history, which will implicitly also help towards a better understanding of existing fields.

The postdoctoral research position is aimed at providing ISBAR with a petrographic characterization of the different depositional environments within the stratigraphic framework of the basin, and how these change through time and space.


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

The applicants must hold a PhD or similar, or document a forthcoming PhD defence, in sediment diagenesis, chemical sedimentology or related disciplines. We seek applicants with a good understanding of the sedimentology and chemical evolution of sediments and rocks in the Greater Barents Sea Basin, especially for the Triassic-Jurassic period. The main focus of the postdoctoral research work will be to characterize sedimentary rocks, and a strong background in petrographic examinations of sedimentary rocks is required. Knowledge in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) will be an asset.

A good command of written and spoken English is required.

We offer:

  • Salary as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352), NOK 490 900 – 569 000 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.
  • A professionally stimulating working environment

The application must include:

  • Application letter including a statement of research interest, briefly summarizing your scientific work and interests, and a personal assessment focusing on how you fit the description of the person we seek
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work, and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records
  • 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 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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

For further information please contact:

Associate Professor Helge Hellevang, +47 22857026,

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

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