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PhD Research Fellow Vacancy in Geophysics – UiO, Norway 2022


Applicants are invited for a 3 year position in a Research Fellowship as PhD Candidate in Geophysics at the Njord Centre, a cross-disciplinary research unit at the interface between Physics and Geosciences, University of Oslo (UiO) – Norway 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 years
Salary: According to Standard Norms

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Njord Geology-Physics center
University of Oslo, UiO
Oslo, 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 Master’s degree or equivalent in experimental Physics or Earth Sciences, preferably in rock physics with laboratory experiments experience.
  • Candidates with documented experience in X-ray imaging and/or ultrasonic monitoring techniques will be prioritized.
  • Skills in scientific programming (Python, Matlab) will be considered as important assets.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements:

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:

Personal skills

  • Teamwork skills, as well as the ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm, personal drive, and ability to take initiative
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility and ability to meet deadlines

Responsibilities/Job Description

According to the lab interest

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

The application must include:

  • cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • copy of the master thesis
  • documentation of english proficiency
  • a complete list of publications and academic works
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone 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).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the eventuelt “project description” and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

About the Position

This position is open in the project "Break-Through Rocks" funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

When brittle materials are loaded, numerous microfractures may nucleate, grow, and coalesce before a major catastrophic rupture occurs. This mechanical behavior controls the deformation of various materials such as cements, metals, ice, and rocks in the Earth’s crust where earthquakes occur. However, the origin and evolution of these microfractures are not understood and could be used to monitor and predict the occurrence of major earthquakes. Using state-of-the-art rock physics experiments performed at the ESRF, the candidate will perform deformation experiments of rocks approaching failure (4D X-ray microtomography, acoustic emission monitoring, using new rock deformation) and analyze experimental data and compare them with natural rocks collected in fault zones. The main question will be to identify how the precursors to failure in rocks and other brittle materials localize on the future fracture plane when approaching failure and to what extent water may control this process.

At the Njord Centre, the candidate will be supervised by François Renard, professor of Geosciences, and Dr. Jess McBeck, researcher in geophysics. The candidate will perform several short- and long term internships at the ESRF under the supervision of Dr. Benoit Cordonnier

The fellowship period is 3 years and devoted to carrying out research in the framework of the European Research Council (ERC) funded project entitled "Break-Through Rocks".

The research fellow must take part in the approved PhD program at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period. The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The applicant must, in collaboration with the supervisors, within three months after employment, have worked out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program. For more information, please see our web site Application and admission - the road to MN PhD - The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (

About the Employer: University of Oslo, UiO

Note or Other details

  • Salary NOK 491 200 – 534 400 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • 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
  • Vibrant international academic environment

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Contact details

Professor François Renard, email:

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

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