Associate Professor in Sedimentology

A position as Associate Professor in Sedimentology is available at the University of Oslo (UiO), Department of Geosciences.

The position is organized under the Geology and Geophysics Section. The section has thirteen professors and associate professors, several adjunct professor and a large number of Postdocs and Ph.D. fellows and support staff. The position will be placed within the "basin-group"; the research focus is on sedimentary basins, from their genesis, to infill, to post-depositional processes.

The research group has a considerable project portfolio financed by the Norwegian Research Council, the European Union and national and international industry partners. An extensive cooperation with national and international research institutions is established. The sections is also a part of a Centre for Environmental Friendly Energy FME NCCS Norwegian Carbon Capture Centre.

Job description

Our aim is to expand our research profile in sedimentary systems and processes and the distribution of depositional environments in time and space, including basin fill dynamics and modern processes. The position shall strengthen our research by adding process-oriented sedimentology from modern and ancient source-to-sink, also relevant for related fields like environmental geology and quaternary geology/geomorphology.

We seek a highly motivated candidate in the field of processes in clastic sedimentary systems that will bring experience from coupling modern depositional systems with ancient, lithified strata using modern techniques from both field and lab-based datasets. The appointed candidate will bridge the gap between large-scale sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy, and near surface geochemical and compactional processes. Placing the group in a leading position where sedimentological research is carried out on every scale. A background from quantitative and qualitative mapping of inherent variabilities in natural systems, spatially and temporally, modern and ancient, will be advantageous.

The candidate should strengthen the section's existing expertise in field observations and use of analytical methods, with big data and machine learning techniques.

Computing in Science Education (CSE) is a major strategic goal at our Faculty and include computing as a natural tool for all science and engineering students.

The department has an undergraduate, graduate, and PhD-program. The appointee is expected to plan and execute teaching in specialized courses that cover fundamental and/or advanced sedimentology, as well as assist in other courses when needed. Teaching is carried out in Norwegian and English. The standard teaching load is one full-credit (10ECTS) course per semester.

Staff members have administrative duties according to regulations at the department.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold a PhD in sedimentology or related field.

The position requires an innovative, active and strong profile with documented potential for performing high quality research and teaching. The successful applicant should be on an upward trajectory and is expected to:

  • have a strong potential to secure and execute research projects at a high international level. If the candidate has not yet succeeded to secure own research funding, her/his potential for initiating research and ability to attract external funding will be assessed.
  • have the ability to work in a team-oriented research environment towards other research fields.
  • have a scientific network.
  • have a track record of publications in high-level international journals and an international oriented research profile
  • show a commitment to deliver excellent teaching at the undergraduate level as well as master/PhD level courses and document basic teaching qualifications. The successful candidate who at the time of appointment cannot document basic teaching qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications within a two-year period.
  • have sufficient computational skills to be able to include application of relevant software and development of scripts/code for the teaching.
  • 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 expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve.

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posted: 06 November 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.