PhD Research Fellow in integrated basin analysis

University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway 🇳🇴

About the position

A position as PhD Research Fellow in tectonostratigraphic basin analysis available at The Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo. 

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Starting date no later than February 1st 2024.

The fellowship period is 3 years.

A fourth year may be considered with a workload of 25 % that may consist of teaching, supervision duties, and/or research assistance. This is dependent upon the qualification of the applicant and the current needs of the department.

The Department of Geosciences invite applications for a 3-year PhD position in basin analysis linking tectonic and sedimentary processes in offshore mid-Norway. The candidate will be a part of the newly established project PTr-NorMar; Permo-Triassic development along the Norwegian Margin. The project will analyse 2D and 3D seismic data using a suite of tools such as Petrel, PaleoScan, Geoteric, and Move, in order to achieve new insights into rifting processes and proximal margin architecture. The project is anchored to the Tectonostratigraphic Research Group, which hosts a wide range of projects that study sedimentary basins across all scales, and utilizes data from modern systems, outcrops, and subsurface. 

A detailed study of the Permo-Triassic tectono-stratigraphic evolution along the Mid-Norwegian margin is designed to assess how the continental margin devel-oped as result of interaction between inherited basement structure and multiple rift phases. The mid-Norwegian continental margin comprises a series of sedi-mentary basins linked to multiphase rifting. While the Late Jurassic development has received focus due to hydrocarbon exploration, the Permian and Triassic rift-ing phases have been poorly documented due to limited data. Existing Permo-Triassic studies are mainly based on vintage 2D seismic data, a handful of explo-ration wells, and conjugate margin outcrops.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Knowledge development in a changing world – Science and technology towards 2030.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. 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.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Earth Sciences with competence in inte-grated basin analysis covering structural geology and/or sedimentology
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Integrated analysis of seismic and well-data
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Desired skills:

  • Experience with computer-based tools such as Petrel, PaleoScan, Geoteric, and Move
  • Geological fieldwork experience

Grade requirements:
The norm is as follows:

  • The average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • The Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements:

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: 

Personal skills

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

We offer

  • Salary NOK 532 200 – 575 400 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement 
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter – statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma and transcripts of records
  • Letters of recommendation including contact details for referees
  • Documentation of English proficiency if applicable
  • 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.

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

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.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

For further information please contact:

Ivar Midtkandal, phone: +47 22854011, e-mail:

or Christope Serie, +47 47701668, e-mail:

For questions regarding Jobbnorge, please contact HR Adviser Ole Rustad, e-mail:

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. 

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. We perform research at a high international standard and have five ERC (European Research Council) research projects ongoing.

The Department encompasses six scientific sections; Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Study of sedimentary basins, Environmental geosciences. and Crustal Processes. We host now a third in the line of three Centre of Excellences:  PHAB – Centre for Planetary Habitability, and have a Norwegian Research School for PhD students (Research School for Dynamics and Evolution of Earth and Planets, DEEP).

The Department aims to contribute to the new and important UN Sustainability Development Goals, and are important contributors to IPCC (UN’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change). The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical- and administrative staff. The Department has around 200 employees.





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