Post-Doc Fellowship in Marine Geology and Carbonate Geochemistry for Two Years

The Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU) is an agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the country's central institution for collecting, processing and disseminating knowledge about bedrock, mineral resources, loose materials and groundwater on mainland Norway and the upper layers of the Norwegian continental shelf.

NGU's social mission is to contribute to increased value creation by covering society's need for basic geological knowledge, including business development. This is achieved through geological, geophysical and geochemical mapping, development and operation of databases, research, dissemination and advice to the public sector as well as to industry and business.

Our business vision is "Geology for society". We carry proud historical traditions into the future. Our knowledge ensures wise and holistic decisions for the benefit of the community. We make sure geology is on the agenda, and we intend to continue with that.

NGU has approx. 200 employees from 27 nations of which approx. 60% are researchers / geologists. Further information about NGU's organization and the work we do can be found at

The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) invites applications for a post-doc position in the project “Carbonate geochronology and basin evolution”. The position is available from June 2021 and has a duration of 24 months. The position is within the Marine Geology section which currently employs 19 scientists and 6 technicians.

The Marine geology section works with a wide range of geological applications along the coast and in the fjords of Norway, as well as on the continental shelf and slope. Core activities include the production of marine geological maps, habitat maps, and research related to shallow gas and gas hydrates. We have close collaboration with other research/government institutions and management bodies, industry partners, and are also involved in EU projects. NGU has a strong focus on digital work practices, digital databases, and presentation of data and maps on the internet.

Research Project

The overarching aim of the project is to use recent methodological advances to study carbonate successions of the Norwegian continental shelf and to reconstruct age-constrained thermal evolution histories of sedimentary basins as recorded by carbonates. Aided by detailed sedimentologic, petrographic and geochemical characterization of carbonate successions, as well as identification of primary components and secondary cements, the project will constrain the ages of individual carbonate generations using U-Pb geochronology and reconstruct their temperatures of formation using clumped isotope systematics. Trace-element mapping and in situ U-Pb dating of the carbonate samples will be carried out in a new LA-ICP-MS laboratory (193 nm excimer laser, QqQ-ICP-MS, and multicollector ICP-MS ) at NGU.

Requirements and Training

The successful candidate should have a background in geology, ideally with experience in carbonate geochemistry and sedimentology. The project will involve an extensive analytical program including trace-element mapping and U-Pb dating of carbonates. Therefore, experience with mass spectrometry (particularly ICP-MS) and data reduction skills are desired. Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. education at the time the position starts. We can offer a favourable working environment, unique scientific challenges, and good possibilities for international collaborations.

Personal characteristics

We emphasize the ability to work independently as well as within a multidisciplinary team. Applicants would be expected to contribute to the dissemination of geology to users of NGU’s maps and data, to national and international research communities, and to society in general.

NGU takes pride in with having a good working environment characterized by diversity and inclusion. We encourage everyone qualified to apply - regardless of age, gender, national or ethnic background, functional ability, or gaps in the CV.

The position is paid in accordance with the Government's Main Collective Bargaining Agreement and in accordance with qualifications. From the salary, 2% is deducted from a good pension scheme in the Government Pension Fund. We can offer a good and inclusive work environment with exciting professional challenges and good opportunities for professional development.

For further information, please contact Aivo Lepland, Project coordinator (, or Reidulv Bøe, Section Leader Marine Geology ( phone no. 47 73 90 40 00.

posted: 17 March 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.