Postdoctoral Fellowship in Electromagnetic Geophysics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Sep 2021

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About the position 

We have a Postdoctoral Fellowship vacancy to work on electromagnetic geophysics in a marine environment. The work will be conducted in an international research environment at the Department of Electronic Systems at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. The research will be in cooperation with Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Memorial University of Newfoundland. 

The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway through the project of Middle Atlantic Ridge Study with Three-Dimensional Magnetotelluric novel Techniques, which focuses on algorithm development and a better understanding of the Earth’s interior beneath Mid-Atlantic Ridge (MAR). The position aims to strengthen and expand already existing expertise at the Center for Geophysical Forecasting (CGF, ) and ATLAB consortium at the department. The CGF advocates Norway’s existing geophysical skills and experiences to construct new and effective tools for monitoring and predicting a wide range of events relevant to the environment and lives. ATLAB consortium aims to better understand the oceanic crust and upper mantle from both academic and industrial perspectives. Therefore, we are particularly interested in applicants who have worked previously on topics in marine or computational geophysics. 

We will provide strong support for an ambitious early career postdoctoral scholar to do exciting research which focuses on developing new knowledge and solutions in marine electromagnetic geophysics. 

You will report to the Head of Department.

Duties of the position
  • Investigate the coast effect in 3D marine magnetotelluric (MT) data and look into methods for dealing with coast distortion. 
  • Reprocess a 3D MT dataset collected at Middle Atlantic Ridge based on the new understanding of the method.
  • Write scientific publications.
  • Participate in international conferences and outreach activities.   

Required selection criteria
  • Completed a Norwegian doctoral degree or corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.
  • Very good knowledge in geophysics and/or electromagnetics.
  • Very good computer programming skills, such as in Fortran, C/C++, etc. 
  • Very good written and oral English language skills.
  • Applicants who obtained their Ph.D. from non-English speaking countries outside Europe must provide an official language test report. The acceptable tests are TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE). Minimum scores are:
    •  TOEFL: 600 / writing 4.5 (paper-based) or 92 / writing 22 (internet-based)
    •  IELTS: 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic IELTS test accepted)
    •  CAE/CPE: grade B or A

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant   

Preferred selection criteria
  • Experience with 2D/3D modelling and inversion in geophysics (including marine electromagnetics, electrical resistivity, magnetics, etc.)
  • Experience with Bayesian inference

Personal characteristics
  • Highly self-motivated
  • Reliable and open-minded
  • Have scientific curiosity and willingness to learn
  • Collaborative

We offer 
Salary and conditions

As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK 553 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. 

The period of employment is two years.   

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work. 

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis. 

About the application 

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English. 

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.  

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result. 

The application must include:

  • A cover letter summarizing why you consider yourself to be qualified for the position 
  • CV, certificates, and diplomas 
  • Transcripts and diplomas for bachelor's, master's, and PhD degrees
  • Academic work – journal and conference publications (maximum of 5 items) 
  • Name and e-mail address of three referees

If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education. Description of the documentation required can be found here . If you already have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well. 

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation. 

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities. Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the candidates. 

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA. 

General information 

Working at NTNU 

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background.  


The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.  

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Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants. 

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Shunguo Wang, e-mail: or Ståle Emil Johansen, e-mail: .

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI) .  

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number 2021/45917 when applying.  

Application deadline: 30.09.2021 


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