PhD Research Fellow in Paleomagnetism and Plate Tectonics

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Dec 2022

31st December 2022

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PhD Research Fellow in Paleomagnetism and Plate Tectonics
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Job description

A PhD Research Fellow position is available at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), hosted at the Department of Geosciences at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway

Starting date on 01.03.2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The fellowship period is 3 years.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

Applications are invited for a PhD candidate to contribute to the EU-funded project ‘EPIC’ dedicated to understanding the nature of the Ediacaran paleomagnetic field through a combination of fieldwork, paleomagnetic and geochronological analysis, and plate tectonic modelling.

The Ediacaran Period (~635-540 million years ago) was a particularly dynamic interval in Earth’s history, marked by dramatic changes in climate, global geochemical cycles and the biosphere. Coeval records of the Earth’s magnetic field exhibit rapid variations that suggest dramatic changes may have been occurring in Earth’s lithosphere, mantle or core then too, but the specific nature of the Ediacaran paleomagnetic signals remains unknown. Establishing their origins is important, both for understanding global paleogeography at this critical time, and for understanding the evolution of Earth’s geomagnetic field and the geodynamo that powers it.

We seek a motivated PhD candidate who will work together with the international EPIC team to conduct fieldwork and experimental analyses of Ediacaran rock samples to unravel the nature of their complex paleomagnetic records. The analytical work will involve a variety of paleomagnetic, rock-magnetic and paleointensity experiments and the candidate will also be invited to conduct advanced rock-magnetic and/or geochronological analyses abroad in collaboration with EPIC project partners.

A detailed project plan will be developed in collaboration with the successful candidate, depending on qualifications and interests.

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.

Required qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (120 ECTS) in geology or geophysics or an equivalent qualification in physics. A foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) must correspond to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system.
  • A demonstrated basic understanding of paleomagnetism and plate tectonics (either through coursework or research).
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Desired qualifications:

  • Prior experience with geologic fieldwork, statistics, and scientific programming will be an asset.

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.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries and exemptions from the requirements:

Personal skills:

  • The candidate will work as part of a team and needs good communication and interpersonal skills

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:


We offer
  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 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
  • A budget for travel and research assistance
  • 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
  • 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).

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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 appointment may be lengthened within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of mandatory teaching duties.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

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:

Mathew Domeier, 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. 

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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