Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mineral Crystallography


Job description

The mineralogy research group at the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo is seeking a person to carry out research into the mineralogy and crystal chemistry of HFSE containing minerals. The focus will be on HFSE-minerals from alkaline complexes in Norway and Greenland. The majority of samples will come from the mineral collection at NHM supplemented with shorter fieldtrips to primarily Norwegian localities. The two main aims of the project are: 1) explore the structure and composition of poorly defined species and groups, e.g. hiortdahlite and steenstrupine-(Ce). 2) Utilise structural parameters including polyhedra distortion to increase our knowledge of the crystal chemical behaviour of HFSE in geological environments.

More about the position

The crystallographic work will be carried out on our new single-crystal XRD; a Rigaku Synergy-S dual micro-beam instrument (Cu and Mo) equipped with a HYpix-6000HE detector. Chemical characterisation of the minerals will be carried out with EPMA and LA-ICPMS at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo.

In addition to the HFSE research, the successful candidate will be responsible for the daily running of the SXRD and assisting internal and external users of the instrument.

The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a PhD in Mineralogy or related topic. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Practical experience with single-crystal XRD instrumentation from data collection over data reduction to final structure solution and refinement.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Beneficial experience

  • Knowledge of different polyhedra distortion calculations
  • Experience with the CrysAlis Pro software

We offer

  • three-year postdoctoral research fellow position
  • salary NOK 490 900 – 569 000 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working 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

How to apply

The application must include

  • cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • a detailed CV
  • copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • a complete list of publications
  • list of reference persons: 2 references (name, institution, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should then be in English.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

About the position and project:

Associate Professor: Henrik Friis
E-mail: henrik.friis@nhm.uio.no

About administrative aspects and application procedure:

HR Advisor: Thomas Brånå
E-mail: thomas.brana@nhm.uio.no

posted: 12 February 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.