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 Fellowship in Mantle Geodynamics

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

If the successful candidate has a good knowledge of one Scandinavian language (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish), the fellowship will be for a period of 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work (teaching responsibilities at the Department). Otherwise, the fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with no compulsory work. Starting date must be before 01.10.2017.

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

Job/ project description:

Hydrated minerals within Earth's mantle contain a volume of water that exceeds that of the surface oceans. This water, which may be unevenly distributed within the mantle, decreases the viscosity of mantle rocks and thus may affect patterns of mantle flow. This project will use numerical models of mantle flow to examine the impact of mantle water on Earth's evolution across geologic time. In particular, the models will be used to examine and evaluate the role of water on mantle flow patterns, the supercontinental cycle, Earth's thermal evolution, and sea level change.

Requirements qualifications:
Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in physics, geophysics, or a related field. Applicants must have some prior experience using computer modeling and/or data analysis techniques to solve a scientific research problem. They also should have some experience presenting research results in both written and oral formats.

Desired (but not required) qualifications include familiarity with geodynamic processes and geophysical datasets, the use and development of numerical modeling codes for mantle dynamics applications, and the successful publication of past research.

General qualifications:

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.

Candidates without a Master's degree have until 30 June, 2017 to complete the final exam for a Master's degree.

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:

Doctoral degree and PhD

Doctoral degree: PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1017, Pay grade: NOK 432 700 – 489 300 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.

The application with attachments MUST be delivered in our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit from the link on the bottom of the page.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 1. March 2017
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2017/1347