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)
PhD Research Fellow in Geochemistry/Sedimentology/ Climatology

A position as PhD Research fellow is available at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), Department of Geosciences.

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with starting date July/August 2017.

Project description:

The Earth Crises group at CEED aims to develop a better understanding of the relationship between Large Igneous Provinces (LIPs) and rapid environmental changes such as global warming events and mass extinctions. A PhD Research Fellowship position is sought for the following project:

The relationship between the emplacement of the North Atlantic Igneous Province (NAIP) and the climate perturbations through the Palaeocene and Eocene are of particular interest, both for our understanding of volcano-climate interactions and the nature and evolution of climate change events. The primary aim of the project is to establish a precise temporal relationship between activity from the NAIP and the Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM). The PETM was a global warming event around 55.8 Ma that was driven by the release of vast amounts of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. These extreme conditions coincided with a major pulse of activity from the NAIP, but it is not clear whether volcanic degassing, contact metamorphism, and/or another source were responsible for the large release(s) of CO2 to the atmosphere-ocean system. This interdisciplinary project will combine a range of scientific techniques to refine the temporal relationship between NAIP activity and the PETM. In particular, work will focus on the drilling and high-precision scanning of a core obtained from northern Denmark that contains hundreds of ash layers from the NAIP. Particular avenues of study will include:

Radioisotopic dating of tephra layers to constrain the onset, duration, and termination of Eocene hyperthermal eventsGeochemical fingerprinting of volcanic minerals to trace regional marker horizons, thereby making estimates of eruption sizes.Changes to interstitial sediment chemistry to refine fluctuations to the carbon cycle and estimate the extent of background volcanism.

Requirements and qualifications:

The successful candidate should have a strong background in geochemistry, sedimentology, or climatology. Experience with cyclostratigraphy, igneous petrology, and/or isotope geochemistry is an advantage. There will be some scope to tailor the project to the wishes and expertise of the successful candidate.

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/higher degree in Earth Sciences or a related discipline. Candidates currently finishing a Master's degree have until 30th June 2017 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 research training program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. An approved plan for the research training, including a project outline (made out in cooperation with the appropriate PhD advisors), must be submitted no later than two months after taking up the position, and the admission is to be approved within three months. For more information see:

Doctoral degree and PhD

Doctoral degree: PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1017, NOK 432 700 - 489 300 per year depending on qualifications.

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.

The application with attachments MUST be delivered in our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit linked up at the bottom of the page. 

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 28. February 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2016/15916