Universitetet i Oslo

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Vacancy Details

Created 17.03.2015
Expires 13.04.2015
Company Universitetet i Oslo
Employment Full-time
Job type Permanent
County Oslo
Phone +47 22855050
Fax +47 22856339
Email postmottak@matnat.uio.no
WWW www.matnat.uio.no

Universitetet i Oslo, Department of Geosciences

The University of Oslo is Norway’s largest 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.

PhD Research Fellow in Rock physics

A position as Doctoral Research Fellow (PhD stipendiat SKO 1017) is available at the Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway.

If the candidate has a good knowledge of one Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish), the fellowship will be for a period of up to 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (teaching responsibilities at The Department of Geosciences). Otherwise, the fellowship will be for a period of up to 3 years, with no compulsory work.

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

For more information, see http://www.geo.uio.no.

Job/project description:

The holder of the position will work in the Section for Physics of Geological Processes (PGP) Section. PGP is a cross-disciplinary geoscience-physics group where geological processes are approach by a combination of field studies, experiments, and numerical modeling.

The successful candidate will work within the project Interface and pore space evolution during reactive fluid migration in stressed rocks. This is part of a strategic research initiative at the University of Oslo called ‘EarthFlows’, which brings together researchers in the fields of Geosciences, Physics, and Mathematics to study the complex evolution of solid-fluid interfaces in geological systems.

The aim of the project is to gain a more quantitative understanding of fracturing and porosity evolution in rocks when infiltrated by reactive fluids. Pore-space characteristics and pore-space evolution will be monitored by computer X-ray micro-tomography (m-CT). The first stage of the project focus on the nature of the porosity of natural rock samples, while the last part include an experimental study of pore space evolution during hydration reactions in samples subject to externally controlled differential stress.

The candidate will analyze data from m -CT measurements, and characterize the pore-space evolution in a sequence of naturally altered rocks. She/he will then take part in experiments that focus on in-situ monitoring of porosity evolution and microfracturing during hydration reactions in a model system. The results will be combined with numerical modeling and used to interpret the processes controlling the rate and mechanism of the relevant fluid rock interactions.


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 Master’s degree or equivalent in Geoscience, Physics, Material science or Chemical Engineering. Experience with experimental work and/or imaging techniques involving porous materials will be considered an advantage.

Candidates without a Master's degree have until 30 June, 2015 to complete the final exam.

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:

Applying and being admitted to the PhD programme 

Research education: The PhD programme 

A good command of English is required


Position code 1017, Pay grade 50–57 (NOK 429 700–482 800 per year)

The application must include:
  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency 
  • List of publications and academic work 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)

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. 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.3

Sted: Blindern 

Contact person(s):
Professor Bjørn Jamtveit, tlf: 47 22856612, , email: bjorn.jamtveit@geo.uio.no Question regarding Eascycruit Elin Grete Enger Andresen, tlf: 47 22856675, , email:grete.andresen@mn.uio.no

Online application form: [Click here]