Doctoral Research Fellowship in Mineralogy, University of Oslo, Norway

Publish Date: Oct 23, 2015

Deadline: Nov 13, 2015

Doctoral Research Fellowship in Mineralogy, University of Oslo

A 4 year PhD position (SKO 1017) is available at Natural History Museum (NHM), University of Oslo. The PhD fellowship will be part of the mineralogy group at the museum.

Job Description

The PhD project will establish genetic parameters controlling the abundance and diversity of the rare metal mineralization of the Sveconorwegian pegmatite province in southern Norway. These parameters include crystallization age of the pegmatites, the pressure-temperature conditions during pegmatite formation and the chemistry of the host rocks. The main objective is to establish the sequence of pegmatite-forming stages during the Sveconorwegian orogenesis and their relation to lithotectonic domains, metamorphic events and felsic magmatism. This will be achieved by dating of pegmatites and spatially related granite plutons, isotope studies, determination of bulk chemistries of pegmatites and host rocks and microthermometric and compositional studies of fluid and melt inclusions hosted in pegmatite-forming minerals. Finally, the project will combine the mineralogy, chemistry and isotope characteristics of pegmatites to explore the origin of melts controlling the rare element mineralogy of Sveconorwegian pegmatites through time and space.


We seek a person with strong motivation, and the ability to define his/her own research questions. The candidate must have wide interests within petrology, mineralogy and geochemistry. Experience with analytical techniques, e.g. EPMA, mass spectrometry or fluid inclusion micro thermometry is a necessity. The candidate must be able to carry out field work both supervised and unsupervised in remote and urban areas. Furthermore, the candidate should be willing to participate in international conferences and to travel to institutions abroad to perform necessary analyses.

The applicant must hold a master degree (or equivalent) within geology, mineralogy or geochemistry and must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English, see:

Personal qualities

  • High working capacity
  • Excellent collaborative and logistic skills
  • Full command of written and oral English (documented)
  • Strong dedication and self-motivating

We offer

  • Salary based on salary level 50-55 (NOK 430 500 – 467 700 per year )
  • A stimulating and friendly working environment
  • Favourable pension arrangement
  • Attractive welfare benefits

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to a successful completion of a PhD degree. The fellowship requires admission to the research training programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Appointment to a research fellowship is conditional upon admission to the Faculty’s research training programme. An approved plan for the research training must be submitted no later than two months after taking up the position, and the admission approved within three months. Compulsory service, duty work, shall represent 25% of the total hours of work.

A good command of English is required for all students attending the University of Oslo. International students, who are not native speakers of English, must document their proficiency in English:

Evaluation of the application

In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed upon the academic and personal ability of the candidate to complete the project within the given timeframe and write a PhD thesis under supervision. Interviews with selected candidates will be arranged. Please also consult the English translation of regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for research fellowship positions:

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarising education, positions and academic work - scientific publications and other relevant activities)
  • Copies of educational certificates and letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English skills when relevant (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application, with attachments, is to be submitted via our electronic recruiting system EasyCruit. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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

Region: Oslo

Job type: Contract

Working hours: Full-time

Reference number: 2015/12677


Associate Professor Henrik Friis
Telephone: +47 22851622

Professor Axel Bernd Müller
Telephone: +47 22851689

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