Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Solid Earth
Geophysics and Geochemistry

at the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, A Centre of Excellence
at the University of Oslo Norway


Three positions as postdoctoral research fellow

The Centre for 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 endeavours 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, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students.

For the advertised positions: Position code 1352, Pay Grade: NOK 483 700 - 560 700 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application with attachments MUST be delivered in our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit from the links given below .

Project descriptions for the three fellowships:

North Atlantic Geodynamics (Position 1)

This project aims to study the geodynamic evolution of the North Atlantic by investigating the interactions between the Iceland plume, the mantle and the lithosphere from the Eocene. 3D numerical modelling of the thermo-mechanical and magmatic evolution of the region will be conducted in the first step. Model predictions of spatio-temporal surface evolution will be tested against a multitude of geological and marine geophysical observations. The project will be conducted together with ETH (T. Gerya) and U. Utrecht (W. Spakman).

The candidates must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in physics/geophysics, geology, or a related discipline, and a strong numerical modelling background

The fellowship period for is 2 years with the possibility of an extension to a third year depending on research progress and funding availability. Starting date: spring or summer 2017.

Application deadline: 1 February 2017.

For more information and how to apply: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1739217/97031?iso=no

For further information, please contact: Professor Carmen Gaina (carmen.gaina@geo.uio.no)

Mantle geodynamics (Position 2):

This project is to constrain the role of viscosity anisotropy for the dynamics of mantle convection. The asthenosphere accommodates shear between the upper mantle and the tectonic plates, and is composed of anisotropic olivine fabrics that permit deformation more easily in some directions than others. This postdoc will be responsible for developing methods to incorporate viscosity anisotropy into numerical models of upper mantle dynamics, and for testing these models against available seismological and geophysical datasets. Applicants should have (1) experience in the development and use of numerical modeling codes for mantle dynamics applications, (2) familiarity with geodynamic processes and seismological datasets for the mantle, and (3) a record of successfully communicating research results via publications and conference presentations.

The candidates must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in geophysics, geochemistry or a related discipline. Applicants should have experience in the use and development of numerical modelling codes for mantle dynamics applications, and familiarity with geodynamic processes and geophysical datasets.

The fellowship period for is 2 years with the possibility of an extension to a third year depend-ing on research progress and funding availability. Starting date: spring or summer 2017.

Application deadline: 1 February 2017.

For more information and how to apply: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1737567/97031?iso=no

For further information, please contact: Professor Clint Conrad (c.p.conrad@geo.uio.no)

Computational mineralogy and geochemistry (Position 3):

To strengthen the deep Earth materials group, we seek a postdoctoral research fellow in computational mineralogy and geochemistry (density functional theory and molecular dynamics). We investigate the phase relations, material properties, chemical exchange and heat and mass transfer in the lower mantle and near the core-mantle boundary. Our current projects include atomistic simulations of crystal chemistry, Fe-spin state, phase relations and physics of bridgmanite and post-bridgmanite in the systems MgSiO3-FeSiO3, MgSiO3-FeAlO3 and MgSiO3-Al2O3, melting relations in the system CaO-MgO-SiO2 and diffusion of noble gases in bridgmanite. We would like to expand these efforts to other minerals in the lower mantle and to the equilibrium and potential chemical exchange between the deep mantle and outer core, especially in the aftermath of the Hadean magma oceans.

The candidate must have a PhD and research experience in computational mineralogy and mineral physics or in the related fields of chemistry, condensed matter physics and material science. A good command of English is required.

This is 3-year position

Application deadline: 15 February 2017.

For more information and how to apply: http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1736417/97031?iso=no

For further information, please contact: Professor Reidar Trønnes (r.g.tronnes@nhm.uio.no)

posted: 14 November 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.