Researcher: Physical Oceanography

Research scientist

University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway

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The Department of Geosciences, Section for Meteorology and Oceanography at the  University of Oslo is looking for a research scientist in physical oceanography. 

Host organisation

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.

The Department of Geosciences conducts research and teaching in most of the domains of geoscience. The Department encompasses five sections (Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes) and one Centre of Excellence (CEED – Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics). The Department aims to contribute to the new and important UN Sustainability Development Goals. The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical- and administrative staff. Approximately number of employees are 240 at the Department.

Position description

The successful applicant will work on two projects. The first is focused on understanding the effects of rough bathymetry on ocean flows, including the vertical structure and stability of time-varying currents and the dynamics of bottom-intensifed waves. The project is being conducted in collaboration with scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California San Diego, at Florida State University and at the Ecole Normale Superieur de Paris (ENS). During the second period, the project will be focused more specifically on the Arctic, with a similar emphasis on understanding the effect of bottom relief on flows.

The position will be based in Oslo. The applicant will in addition spend up to one month per year at Florida State, analyzing output from a state-of-the-art numerical simulation of the North Atlantic. The applicant will also work with a marine geologist based in Paris and with oceanographers at Stockholm University. Thus the position offers unique networking opportunities, requiring close collaboration with groups in the US, Norway, and France and Sweden. In addition to the extended visits to the partner institutions, there will also be ample opportunities to attend international conferences. Beyond the specifics above, the successful applicant is expected to become an active member in the Geosciences department and in the MetOs section.

Profile and skills

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in physical oceanography. A doctoral dissertation must have been submitted for evaluation by the application closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defense are eligible for appointment.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • A strong background in mathematics and programming are an advantage.
  • The applicant is able to work independently, but also enjoys working in a team.

Contract type

Fixed-term contract, 2.5 years


Oslo, Norway

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