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A full-time associate professor position is available at the Department of Geosciences.

The Department of Geoscience at the University of Oslo is a leading European research unit within Earth and Planetary Sciences. Currently there are ca 40 permanent staff members organized in five different sections (Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), Physics of Geological Processes (PGP), Section for Geography and Hydrology, Section for Meteorology and Oceanography, and section for Geology and Geophysics). The current position is organized within either the CEED, PGP or section for Geology and Geophysics, but staff members are expected to collaborate across section boundaries.

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A considerable part of the UiO Department of Geoscience focusses on the study of the processes of the solid earth, applying field-based, experimental, and theoretical approaches. High precision geochronological data is an important component in our research aiming towards a better and more detailed understanding of the Earth’s evolution, and the underlying processes, but also of the solar system evolutionary processes at large.

We seek a candidate that can contribute towards improved understanding of the chronology and evolution of complex volcanic, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic processes. The candidate will:

  • have a leading role in building, running, and maintaining a new high resolution U-Pb zircon geochronology laboratory at the department
  • use the best available methods and approaches to U-Pb geochronology (including EARTHTIME)
  • contribute to make the Goldschmidt laboratory a world leading geochemical infrastructure

The holder of the position is expected to;

  • build, run, and maintain a new U-Pb TIMS laboratory.
  • seek to develop this laboratory in connection with ongoing Earth and Planetary research.
  • contribute as a dynamic member in the university’s interdisciplinary research teams, by initiating and developing research projects supported by internal or external funding.
  • show a commitment to deliver excellent teaching at the undergraduate level (introductory courses) as well as master/PhD level courses.
  • teach/supervise within geology, petrology, and geochemistry/geochronology.

We seek a dedicated person who meets the required qualifications for an associate professorship in geochronology, with a research record demonstrating experience with U-Pb TIMS geochronology applied to volcanic-, igneous-, metamorphic-, sedimentary – or extraterrestrial materials.

Qualification requirements

  • The applicant must hold a relevant PhD within geosciences, e.g. geochemistry or geochronology.
  • The applicant must have a strong scientific background in geochemistry and must document high level competence with the U-Pb TIMS method applied to zircon and other relevant minerals.
  • The applicant must provide a track record of publications in high-level international journals and have an internationally orientated research profile.
  • Pedagogical qualifications; teaching and supervision experience at all levels will be an important factor in the evaluation process and should be well documented in a teaching portfolio. The applicant should describe her/his qualifications in view of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL)-criteria:
    • Focus on the students’ learning
    • A positive development over time
    • A research attitude to teaching and learning
    • A collegial attitude and practice
  • The person appointed must have fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be required to learn sufficient Norwegian in 2 years, to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document sufficient teaching qualifications (minimum requirement is a 200 hrs pedagogical program) will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period of the employment.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 618 600 – 708 000 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as Associate Professor (position code 1011)
  • A professionally stimulating work environment.
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities.
  • The opportunity to apply for promotion to full professorship at a later stage

Contact information

Professor Franscois Renard, email: [email protected], telephone: 47 22857740

Head of Department, Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle, email:[email protected], telephone: +47 22858101

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, email: [email protected], telephone: +47 228524272