Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Numerical Modelling of Rock Deformation University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences Norway

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 Numerical Modelling of Rock Deformation


A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available at Department of Geosciences.


The fellowship is for a period of 2 years. Starting date no later than Jan. 31, 2018.


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


Job description:


We invite applications for a challenging postdoctoral position in modeling of geological processes during rock deformation. The objectives of this project are to model the complex mechanics of rupture in rocks, including the effect of fluids and their flow in fractures. This position is part of the project “Microfractures in black shales and their transport properties” funded by the Norwegian Research Council, where the main goal is to create novel structural and mechanical knowledge and geological understanding of microfracturing and dynamic permeability in black shales and in low permeability rocks in general. The current position involves modeling of the couplings between fluid flow, rock transformation, and deformation at the grain to core sample scales and analyzing 3D deformation data. The specific goal of the position is open and will depend on the candidate's research plan that should be handed in with the application.


The candidate will be part of a lively research environment dedicated to the study of deformation of solids in the presence of fluids, involving six other young scientists, with expertise spanning from field work, X-ray tomography, laboratory modeling, numerical modeling and theoretical modeling. The candidate will be at strategic interface between laboratory and numerical modeling activities. The position includes collaboration between the University of Oslo (discrete element models, laboratory experiments and field work, Profs. A. Malthe-Sørrenssen, F. Renard), the University Grenoble Alpes (Prof. F. Donzé, discrete element models, where the successful candidate will spend 6 months, in collaboration with Prof. L. Scholtès from Univ. Nancy); and the University of Copenhagen (lattice Boltzmann and finite element models, Prof. J. Mathiesen). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in international research networks. The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.


The position is affiliated with the section for Physics of Geological Processes (PGP), which has long-term experience in modeling of fracture, friction, and flow processes. The section is located in the Physics building of the University of Oslo, and the successful applicant will evolve in the multidisciplinary environment of PGP at the interface between geosciences and physics.




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.


Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent in Earth Sciences or Physics with experience in geological processes, such as:

  • Geomechanics
  • Rheology of geomaterials
  • Fracture and solid mechanics
  • Rock physics


The position requires a strong background and interest in one or several of these topics:

  • Deformation of geomaterials
  • Digital Image Correlation
  • Programming and numerical modeling


Priority will be given to candidates with multidisciplinary experience.


In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be given to:

  • The applicant’s academic and personal qualifications in order to execute the project
  • The applicant’s ability to complete research training
  • The applicant’s mobility
  • Good communication and collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities


The University of Oslo is an equal opportunity employer and seeks in particular to increase its number of female scientists. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.


Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment.


A good command of English is required.



Position code 1352, NOK 486 100 – 569 000 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.


The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Project description
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • 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 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)


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.


Contact information:


Professor François Renard, 


Professor Anders Malthe-Sørenssen 


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

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