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Norway, UiO – Postdoc Job in Nanoscale modeling of reaction-induced fracturing


Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available in “nanoscale modeling of reaction-induced fracturing” to be based at the Njord Centre, a cross-disciplinary research unit at the interface between Physics and Geosciences- UiO, Norway 2022


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General Info

Position: Postdoc
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Apr 01,2022
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per annum

Njord Centre.
University of Oslo (UiO), Norway


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Qualification Details

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition is to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. 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 degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in geoscience. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defense are eligible for appointment.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English is required.
  • Good and documented skills in programming languages such as Matlab or Python is required.
  • Documented experience with performing state-of-the-art molecular dynamics simulations on high-performance computers is required.
  • Experience with molecular dynamics simulations of fracture of geologically relevant materials is highly desired.
  • Experience with micro- or nanoscale experiments with geologically relevant materials is highly desired.

Personal skills

  • Njord actively works for the creation of a friendly and welcoming work environment and the applicant is expected to actively contribute to this.
  • Ability to work independently and to take initiative.
  • Good communication skills

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

The application must include

  • Cover letter including statements of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • A complete list of publications
  • References of up to 3 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

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

About the position

This position is open in the project "CO2Basalt" funded by the University of Oslo.

Micro- and nano-fractures may form in basalts due to the precipitation of carbonate minerals in the pore space. This process, called reaction-induced fracturing, controls the opening and closing of flow pathways. The candidate will study how these fractures form in basalts through micro-scale experiments that use synchrotron X-ray tomography and through nano-scale molecular dynamics numerical modelling. The main questions will be how dynamic fractures damage basalts and silicate glasses, how water enters these fractures in the wake of the rupture and how mineral precipitation can clog porosity or open fluid pathways through reaction-induced fracturing.

At the Njord Centre, the candidate will work in collaboration with François Renard, professor of geosciences, Henrik Andersen Sveinsson, assistant professor in computational physics and Anders Malthe-Sørenssen, professor of physics.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

  • Salary NOK 534 400 – 615 800 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Postdoctoral development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

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Contact details

For further information please contact:

François Renard, phone: +47 47688752, e-mail: [email protected]

Henrik Sveinsson, phone: +47 98421006, e-mail: [email protected]

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Elin Thoresen, e-mail: [email protected], phone +47 22 85 71 96.

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