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. 50 full time and part time professors and researchers, and a number of PhD and Postdoc researchers.
Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED)
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Mantle Geodynamics

A postdoctoral research fellowship (position code 1352) is available at Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, a Norwegian Centre of Excellence. The fellowship period for is 2 years with the possibility of an extension to a third year depending on research progress and funding availability. Note that no one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution. The starting date for this position is spring or summer of 2017.

Mantle Geodynamics Project Description: This project is to constrain the role of viscosity anisotropy for the dynamics of plate tectonics and mantle convection. The asthenosphere accommodates shear between the upper mantle and the tectonic plates, and is composed of anisotropic olivine fabrics that deform more easily in some directions than others. This postdoc will be responsible for developing methods to incorporate viscosity anisotropy into numerical models of mantle dynamics, and for testing these models against available seismological and geophysical datasets.


The candidates must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in geophysics, geochemistry or a related discipline. Applicants should have experience in the use and development of numerical modeling codes for mantle dynamics applications, and familiarity with geodynamic processes and geophysical datasets.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates 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.

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions:

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1352, Pay Grade NOK 486 100 – 567 100 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Statement of research experience and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates and university transcripts
  • A complete list of publications
  • 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.

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.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Fixed Term Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 1. February 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2016/13883