Postdoc Researcher Position in University of Oslo Norway

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Hydrogeology – Uni of Oslo, Norway, 2022


Department of Geosciences invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Hydrogeology at the University of Oslo, Norway, 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field:
Deadline to Apply: Expired
Joining Date: Oct 01, 2022
Contract Period: 4 Years
Salary: 534 400 – 583 500 NOK/Year

Department of Geosciences

University of Oslo (UiO), Norway


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Qualification Details

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 following qualifications are required:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Hydrogeology, Geosciences or related fields with a documented hydrogeology component. Doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Documented experience in at least two of the following topics: soil and groundwater flow processes, transport modelling, field investigation methods, laboratory experiments of porous flow.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English is required, and competence in a Scandinavian language is an asset.
  • Insight in soil and groundwater flow and transport modelling as well as experience with field investigation methods are considered as an asset.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions:

Personal skills

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

Responsibilities/Job Description

The Department of Geosciences seeks a highly motivated hydrogeologist that can enrich and strengthen the Department’s focus on groundwater processes. The successful candidate can define own projects, but will also contribute to existing projects that involve modelling flow processes in porous media as well as fractured rock aquifers. Besides flow in aquifer systems and groundwater as a component in the hydrological cycle, applied aspects related to contaminant and chemical tracer transport, engineering geology, geohazards (e.g. landslides) and geothermal energy are relevant fields of interest at the Department of Geosciences.

We seek a candidate with a good background in both quantitative methods and field experience, linking data, observations and modelling. These key qualifications form the basis for teaching and supervision of BSc/MSc students at the department.

The successful candidate shall contribute to teaching and supervision (25 % of working time). Relevant teaching topics mainly in hydrogeology (laboratory experiments, groundwater modelling with open source software, e.g. Modflow), along with field methods (e.g., piezometry, pumping test, groundwater chemical analyses, subsurface geophysics, borehole logging). More information about courses offered at the Department of Geosciences can be found at:

Postdoctoral fellows who are appointed for a period of four years are expected to acquire basic pedagogical competency in the course of their fellowship period within the duty component of 25%.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

How to Apply?

Application Method: Online Application
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Application Procedure

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest).
  • A research statement outlining possible projects for the Postdoc period, related to relevant activity at the Department of Geosciences. We advise to contact the Head of Department and/or representatives of relevant research groups within hydrogeology/hydrology (see below), also with respect to available resources to carry out research projects.
  • Teaching statement outlining previous experience and own teaching philosophy.
  • CV (summarizing scientific publications, education, positions, pedagogical experience).
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation.
  • 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. 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, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

About the Department/Section/Group

The geosciences are the studies of the planet Earth and its comparative planetology; the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and cryosphere, the Earth's surface and its interior. The Department of Geosciences conducts research and teaching in most of the domains of geoscience; geology, geophysics, physical geography, geomatics, hydrology, meteorology and oceanography. The Department is the broadest geoscience research and education environment in Norway. The Department  encompasses  five sections; Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes (Njord centre) and one Centre of Excellence CEED - Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics.

The Department aims to contribute to the new and important UN Sustainability Development Goals. The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical- and administrative staff. Approximately number of employees are 240 at the Department.

About the Employer:

Note or Other details

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

We offer

  • salary NOK 534 400 – 583 500 per year depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating 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

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Contact details

For information about this position please contact:

Professor Bernd Etzelmüller (Head of Department), +47 90631089, e-mail: [email protected]

For further information about our research activities within environmental geology and hydrological, respectively, contact:

Professor Alvar Braathen, phone: +47 22856664, e-mail:  [email protected]

Professor Lena M. Tallaksen, phone: +47 22857214, e-mail: [email protected]

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