Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Geochemistry University of Oslo, Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, Department of Geosciences Norway

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Geochemistry

Job description

Applications are invited for a 2 year position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Geochemistry to be based at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, Department of Geosciences.

A new and exciting era of planetary space exploration started in 2000 with a plethora of in-situ and orbital missions in operation at terrestrial planets and small Solar System bodies. The characterization of the surface of these planetary objects is one of the major goals of space exploration. In order to support these operations, reduction and analyses of the space mission data, the H2020 project "Planetary Terrestrial Analogues Library" (PTAL) aims to build and exploit a multi-instrument spectral data base and joint spectral interpretation tools.


More about the position

A two-year post-doctoral research position is sought for the PTAL project, aimed at determining mineral alteration pathways for natural and artificial analogue materials under well-defined and controlled experimental conditions. The impact of varying experimental conditions will be tested to better constrain the geochemical aspect of environmental conditions on Mars, one of the prime targets of this project, but also for smaller planetary bodies.

The main focus of the post-doctoral research work will be to perform laboratory alteration experiments and to carefully analyse the altered samples with various techniques (i.e., X-ray Diffraction, RAMAN, NIR, LIBS) in collaboration with other members of the PTAL project.

We are interested in also using meteorite or artificially produced starting materials for the alteration experiments. The candidate contributes with building the spectral library based on the obtained experimental data, and studies planetary (Mars, small bodies) mineral alteration processes and conditions.

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


Qualification requirements

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 main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.

Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree geochemistry, mineralogy or related disciplines. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

We seek a candidate with a good understanding of the geological/geochemical evolution of Mars, while knowledge on small body composition or meteorites is an asset. The candidate should have experience in hydrothermal laboratory experiments and analytical methods (XRD in particular). Destruction free characterisation methods (on tiny samples) characterization of clay minerals and other alteration products or geochemical and kinetic modelling is welcomed.

We require fluent oral and written communication skills in English.


We offer

  • Salary NOK 490 900 – 569 000 NOK per year depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits. Oslo is a family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities


How to apply


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
  • A brief project description of how the applicant envisions to carry out research within the described tasks of the PTAL project
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • A complete list of publications
  • Up to 5 numbers of academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered
  • A 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. 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. It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description, and the quality of the application letter as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged and are envisioned for a period in early-mid July.


Formal regulations


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

No one can be appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution.

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 etc.

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


Contact information

For questions about the position, please contact Associate Professor Stephanie Werner,

For technical questions abouth the application system, please contact Helene Jansen, +47 22857196,


About the University of Oslo

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.


Centre for the Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence that provides a stimulating and well-funded research environment. The main goal of the centre is to develop a model that explains how mantle processes drive plate tectonics and trigger massive
volcanism and


associated environmental and climate changes throughout Earth's history.
The centre explores the distribution and history of tectonic plates in time and space, and examines the driving mechanisms that steer all stages of the ‘Wilson Cycle’, and aims to establish the links between Earth's interior, crust and oceans, atmosphere and biosphere. CEED endeavors to also unravel similarities and differences of our planet with earth-like planetary bodies.

The centre was established in 2013 and consists of ca. 70 full time and part time professors and researchers, PhD Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Fellows.



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