Research Fellowship in Geophysics Mantle Structure and Dynamics of Greenland

Oslo, Norway
NOK 449 400 – 505 800
24 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
24 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

A PhD research position is available at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) at the University of Oslo (UiO).

The successful candidate will pursue his/her PhD studies for a total period of 36 months. Expected start date in May 2019.

Constraining uplift processes in Greenland is important for quantifying present-day rates of melting there. Some of the modern uplift is caused by the viscous response of the mantle to past deglaciation. This glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) is sensitive to mantle viscosity, which is poorly constrained for Greenland. This project will collect and analyze data from magnetotellurics, geochemistry, and tectonic reconstructions to place constraints on spatial variations in the mantle viscosity structure beneath Greenland. These constraints will then be incorporated into a mantle flow model in order to constrain the importance of viscosity variations to GIA patterns in Greenland. These results will then be evaluated within the context of present-day observations of uplift and melting. This project involves field study on the ice sheet in Greenland, extended travel to Sydney, Australia to work with the geophysics group there, and presentation of research results at international meetings.

More about the position

We are looking for self-motivated, highly qualified candidate with solid theoretical background and in the upper segment of his/her class.

The successful candidate will work in international teams. 

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.

  • applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Geophysics
  • programming experience and experience working with geophysical data
  • fluent oral and written communication skills in English 
  • Desired qualifications
  • familiarity with geodynamic processes and geophysical datasets
  • the use and development of numerical modeling codes for mantle dynamics applications
  • the successful publication of past research
  • We offer
  • salary NOK 449 400 – 505 800 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

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter summarizing applicant’s motivation and accomplishments
  • 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)
  • 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).
  • Successful candidates will be selected for interviews in person or via Skype.

Formal regulations

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programmer at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programmer must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position.
For more information see:

  • No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.
  • Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.
  • 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.

Contact information

Professor Clint Conrad (UiO, e-mail: and/or
Kate Selway (Macquarie University,

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen,, +47 22854272

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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