Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. 

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo seeks a motivated and skilled person for a 4-year PostDoc position. 25% of the position is reserved for teaching, supervision of students at all levels, and helping organize the drone laboratory that is being established for the Departments of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo. The ideal candidate has a research focus within any geoscientific sub-discipline and is familiar with drone technology, field investigations using drones, and various drone-based datasets.  

Starting date no later than October 1, 2021.

In cooperation with other Departments at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, The Department of Geosciences will build up a drone laboratorium consisting of different UAVs (quadcopters, fixed-wing) and payloads (camera, laser altimeter, gas analyser etc). Information from these platforms are used for studying the distribution and three-dimensionality of geoscientific information (geological, geomorphological and mineralogical mapping/photogrammetry), changes of the Earth surface (measurement of surface/slope movement, deformation and fluxes) and atmospheric conditions (measurements of gas content and turbulence).

The main research work of the Post Doc. must be related and be an integrative part of at least one of the main research fields covered at the DepartmentThe successful applicant is expected to collaborate with research groups of the Department of Geosciences, and apply drone technologies to address relevant scientific questions. The Post Doc. will also help with running the collective drone and drone-related material in the newly established drone lab at the department, and will support researchers and students at the Department.

Required qualifications:

  • The successful candidate must have a PhD degree or the equivalent within any field of  Geoscience or a related field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defense are eligible for appointment.
  • Field experience
  • Experience from assimilation and analysis of data collected remotely, through images and sensing across all visible and non-visible light, and/or other data-capturing mechanisms mounted on unmanned vehicles.
  • Good communication skills and the willingness to manage tasks and project deliverables in an international research environment  
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required  

Desired qualifications:

  • Drone pilot certification will be considered advantageous, but is not required at start of employment
  • Photogrammetry and assimilation of digital image information in visible and non-visible light, including geomatics and 3D computer tool related to photogrammetry, air-borne lidar, multispectral analyses, atmospheric processes, etc.
  • Use of scripting languages, such as R, MATLAB and/or Python
  • Use of advanced numerical modelling tools
  • Experience from research in wild areas (cold-climate, deserts etc) is an advantage as much of our research focus is related to high-mountain and/or boreal/polar environments.
  • Experience with teaching and supervising students

Contact information

For further information please contact:
Researcher Norbert Pirk, phone: +47 228 56243, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Head of Department Bernd Etzelmüller, phone: +47 90631089, e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact Senior Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Cover image by Patrik Houštecký

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