Quaternary geologist researcher - 2-3 permanent positions

The Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU) has 2-3 open researcher positions in land-based Quaternary geology. The main task will be Quaternary geological mapping in various parts of the country. The positions will be associated with the Quaternary geology section and the geophysics and land observation section.

The Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU) maps Norway's geology and disseminates knowledge about it. We will meet the society's needs for geological knowledge, and thus contribute to increased sustainable value creation. NGU is an agency under the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (NFD). We have 200 employees, a main office in Trondheim, and an international working environment. Research is an integrated part of NGU's work and deliveries, and a prerequisite for delivering high-quality mapping on an international level on behalf of Norway. More information about NGU's organization and tasks can be found at www.ngu.no.


We are looking for highly motivated geologists who will participate in various Quaternary geological mapping and research projects in Norway. The main task will be land-based Quaternary geological mapping, where mapping of landslide-prone areas may constitute a significant part.

Those who are hired will work independently with professional tasks to a large degree, but also in ongoing and close project cooperation with others at NGU. As a geologist at NGU, you are part of a large and competent professional environment that works both socially and academically, with most aspects of the geological profession. You will be presented with varied and exciting professional challenges and the opportunity to participate in our entire work process "from field to people." You will participate in the collection of new geological observations through mapping, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. You should expect 1-2 months of fieldwork annually. You will also work with digitization and storage of geological data in databases, production of maps, and conduct analyses of data that are relevant to understanding landscape development and related landslide problems. Publishing maps, reports and scientific articles is a central activity at NGU. Furthermore, community contact and dissemination of geological knowledge is central. NGU as a workplace offers very good conditions for personal professional development and increased professional competence as a geologist.


  • Completed PhD or MSc in Quaternary geology or physical geography at the time of appointment, with specialization in land-based Quaternary geology or related field areas
  • Ability and interest in performing field-based Quaternary geological mapping over the whole country
  • Good knowledge of glacial geological environments and issues
  • Broad experience with the use of GIS
  • A valid driver's license for a car is required

Desired qualifications (will vary somewhat between positions)

  • Good knowledge of general regional geology and Quaternary geological development history in different parts of Norway
  • Broad experience with relevant fieldwork and Quaternary geological mapping
  • Specialized knowledge in Quaternary geological analysis methods used in the field and/or lab. This can include methods related to sedimentology, stratigraphy, geophysics, chronology, and geomorphology
  • Knowledge and experience with landslide processes and deposits, both in steep terrain and in fine-grained marine deposits
  • Good understanding of quick clay problems and experience interpreting and using geotechnical borehole data from areas with the possibility of marine clay
  • General experience with project management and other relevant professional experience
  • Experience with database work and various GIS analyses
  • The working language at NGU is Norwegian, and applicants should be proficient in a Scandinavian language. For otherwise well-qualified candidates, NGU offers Norwegian language training

Personal qualities

As a researcher at NGU, you will work on and lead various interdisciplinary projects. You must be good at cooperation and communication, both internally and externally. The sections have close cooperation with the public sector, particularly NVE. Initiative for good dialogue and cooperation is a central success factor for us to be able to carry out our mission. Emphasis is placed on independence and the ability to take initiative.

NGU is focused on maintaining a good work environment characterized by diversity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply regardless of their age, gender, national or ethnic background, ability, or gaps in their CV.

The position is compensated according to the Statens Hovedtariffavtale and based on qualifications. 2% of the salary will be deducted for a good pension plan with the Statens pensjonskasse. We can offer a good and inclusive work environment with exciting professional challenges and opportunities for professional development.

If you would like to know more about the position, you can contact Lilja R. Bjarnadóttir, head of the Quaternary Geology section, by phone at +47 944 97 728 or by email at lilja.bjarnadottir@ngu.no or Martina Böhme, section leader for Section for Geohazard and Earth Observation, by phone at +47 958 39 296 or by email at martina.bohme@ngu.no.

posted: 25 January 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.