Postdoc Research Fellowship, Geology/Paleoclimatology, Oslo, Norway

A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geology/ Paleoclimatology is available at the University of Oslo, Norway, Department of Geosciences, Meteorology Oceanography Section/The Center of Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), and in collaboration with EARTHLAB at University of Bergen.


The announced postdoc position is for two years. The preferred starting date is between 1 July and 1 October 2018.


The Postdoc position will be carried out within the Research Council of Norway Toppforsk project “275191 VIKINGS: Volcanic Eruptions and their Impacts on Climate, Environment, and Viking Society in 500-1250 CE”. This multi-disciplinary project aims to understand the role of volcanic eruptions and climate change in shaping the early history of Europe. The period 500-1250 Common Era (CE) is characterized by natural disasters, societal unrest, Viking expansion, and large volcanic eruptions evidenced by geochemical markers in natural archives. At present, we know little about the climate variations in Europe and especially in Scandinavia during this period. The VIKINGS project seeks to reveal the climate of the early historic period, and resolve how volcanic eruptions and their environmental impacts facilitated societal changes during the Viking era.

The Postdoc will analyse climate and environmental changes during the last two millennia with a focus on 500-1250 using lake sediment archives as proxy for past environmental changes. The Postdoc will focus on varved sediments and ultra-high-resolution analyses of lake sediments in order to capture abrupt environmental changes centred around southeast Norway. Experience in stratigraphy, geochemistry, and time series analyses will be beneficial.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for this position will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

- Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualification in either Quaternary Geology, paleoclimatology, sediment geochemistry or in related fields.
- Candidates with research experience and knowledge in paleoclimatology, analyses and interpretation of environmental proxies in sediments and sedimentary rocks, and radiometric dating of sedimentary sequences, will be given priority.
- Technical skills in statistical tools (e.g. R or Matlab) as well as in graphical tools (e.g. Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator) are mandatory for this position.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required.

Additional requirements

- Experiences in lake sediment analyses, geochemistry, time series analyses, analyses of paleo climate proxies will be advantageous.
- Knowledge about late Holocene climate evolution.
- Highly motivated to work in a multi-disciplinary research field and team and willing to exchange with national and international project collaborators including potential research stays at Bergen and abroad.


The application deadline is 30 April 2018. The application must include:

- Cover letter
- Statement of motivation and research interests
- CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
- Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
- Documentation of English proficiency
- List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
- Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

The application with attachments must be delivered via the 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. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Further information

Informal questions can be sent to Kirstin Krüger: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.