Researcher in Planetary Sciences
A full-time position as Researcher in Planetary Sciences is available at the Department of Geosciences under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
The researcher position is currently limited to a period of three years, but with the possibility for prolongation. The starting date will be decided with the relevant candidate.
The position is associated with the newly formed Centre for Planetary Habitability (PHAB), a Centre of Excellence funded for 10 years by the Research Council of Norway and organized as a section at the Department of Geosciences. One of PHAB's objectives, based on detailed studies of Earth and our solar system, is to develop predictive models to identify habitable planets around other stars. PHAB research activities comprise three interrelated research themes: (1) Planets and Early Earth, (2) Modern Earth and (3) Exo-Earths. The successful applicant is expected to take a leading role in exploring new fields of planetary and exoplanet sciences.
About the Department
The Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo is part of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and is a leading research unit in Europe. The Department covers a wide breadth of topics, from mantle and lithosphere dynamics on Earth and other planets, via surface processes in the boundary layers between Earth's surface and atmosphere, to the dynamics and interactions in the Earth's crust, soils, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.
The Department of Geosciences has defined a strategy that focuses on four main topics that are transversal to the Department: (i): Dynamics of the solid Earth and planets, (ii) Climate change and the coupled Earth system, (iii) Environmental geosciences, and (iv) Geoscience in the Arctic. We also highlight that our laboratory, field, and computational infrastructures are critical for successful research. The Department aims to contribute to the United Nations (UN) Sustainability Development Goals and hosts important contributors to IPCC (UN's Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change).
The staff consists of c. 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates, researchers, technical and administrative staff. In total, the Department hosts today around 200 employees, one Centre of Excellence (PHAB) and, at present, five grants from the European Research Council, along with numerous other grants from public and private institutions. The Department is organised in six sections: (i) Basin studies, (ii) Crustal processes (iii) Centre for Planetary Habitability (PHAB), (iv) Environmental Geoscience, (v) Physical geography and hydrology (GeoHyd), and (vi) Meteorology and oceanography (MetOs). A small group working towards geo-didactics is also organised in a section as the UiO part of the Centre for excellent education "iEarth". The position is associated to the Centre of Excellence PHAB, where we want to extend Earth System Science to other planets, testable by future ESA Plato and Ariel mission in which we are involved.
About the position
The successful candidate is expected to initiate and participate in research that is aligned with the scientific focus of PHAB. PHAB is an extremely ambitious venture, which explores new fields of planetary and exoplanet sciences, with its main objective to recognize and characterize the key conditions that make a planet habitable. The existing inhouse expertise is deeply rooted in Earth studies and comparative planetology. For this position we are seeking highly qualified applicants in two realms extending the concept of Earth System Science in studying the interaction between the solid and volatile parts of a planet and/or planet formation and evolution in the Solar System and exoplanet systems.
Applicants using theoretical, experimental, and observational approaches for both Solar System bodies and exoplanets are welcome focussing their research interest on the formation and evolution of earth-like planets. An overall goal is to strengthen planetary sciences in Norway in collaboration with Norwegian and European Space Agencies (NoSA and ESA).
The work assignments relate to research, supervision, and public outreach on the topics of planetary sciences. Most important is scientific expertise relevant to the position, capability of attracting external funds and the conduct of research on the highest level to advance the research goals of PHAB.
Research: Proving life on other planets is difficult. Observing biosignatures is still challenging but with a good understanding of how planets form and evolve, how their atmospheres came to be, it will be possible to recognize habitable planets. Therefore, we seek to extend our competence towards expertise that allows studying planet formation and evolution in (exo-)planetary systems and predict their atmospheres as the prime observable. The successful candidate shall advance research in one of the following research topics:
Assessment of candidates will be based on scientific excellence, as reflected in the number and quality of peer-reviewed publications, scientific relevance, ability to attract external funding, and other evidence of impact. Scientific qualifications will play a major role, and the main emphasis will be on the candidate's scientific performance during the last five years. We expect a scientific track record at a high international level that demonstrates the ability to write/attract external funds and lead research projects.
The following additional qualifications are desirable and will be prioritized in the assessment:
Be creative and innovative in your research and able to initiate new activity in line with the aim and strategy of PHAB. Building the new Centre, we wish for your strong ability to create and contribute to a well-functioning, inclusive and productive research environment. We also appreciate organizational and networking skills, ability to collaborate and conduct scientific leadership, and an international profile with respect to the above criteria. The candidate for this position will be selected based on excellence and fit with the Centre's research profile.
The application must include:
The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link "apply for this job". Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.
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 a.o.
The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.
For further information about the position please contact:
Professor Trond Helge Torsvik, e-mail: email@example.com
About the University of Oslo
The University of Oslo is Norway's oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.
Centre for Planetary Habitability (PHAB) is a Norwegian Centre of Excellence that provides a stimulating and well-funded research environment. PHAB's main goal, based on detailed studies of Earth and our solar system, is to develop predictive models to identify habitable planets around other stars. PHAB research activities comprise three interrelated research themes: (1) Planets and Early Earth, (2) Modern Earth and (3) Exo-Earths. The centre was established in 2023 and will consist of approximately 70 full time and part time professors and researchers, PhD Research Fellows and Postdoctoral Research Fellows.