Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED)
PhD Research Fellowship in Mantle Geodynamics
A position as PhD Research fellow is available at the Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo Norway
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 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. 60 full time and part time professors and researchers, and a number of PhD and Postdoc researchers.
Job/ project description:
Hydrated minerals within Earth's mantle contain a volume of water that exceeds that of the surface oceans. This water, which may be unevenly distributed within the mantle, decreases the viscosity of mantle rocks and thus may affect patterns of mantle flow. This project will use numerical models of mantle flow to examine the impact of mantle water on Earth's evolution across geologic time. In particular, the models will be used to examine and evaluate the role of water on mantle flow patterns, the supercontinental cycle, Earth's thermal evolution, and sea level change.
Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in physics, geophysics, or a related field. Applicants must have some prior experience using computer modeling and/or data analysis techniques to solve a scientific research problem. They also should have some experience presenting research results in both written and oral formats.
Desired (but not required) qualifications include familiarity with geodynamic processes and geophysical datasets, the use and development of numerical modeling codes for mantle dynamics applications, and the successful publication of past research.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. 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.
Candidates without a Master's degree have until 30 June, 2017 to complete the final exam for a Master's degree.
Application deadline: 1 March 2017.