May 3, 2011

Postdoctoral Fellows in Geology & Geophysics

The Computational Geoscience Department is seeking Postdoctoral Fellows with strong academic backgrounds in geology and geophysics to work as part of an embedded team working closely with software developers, industry-data and industry experts. The fellows will work generating paleogeographic reconstructions for different regions of interest to our industry partner,

Project Description
The Computational Geoscience Department at Simula is beginning a new five year project in paleogeographic reconstructions for which we seek enthusiastic and talented researchers. The project will involve producing and testing geological reconstructions with observations and models and building paleogeographies on top of the reconstructions. The project will involve strong collaboration with international and industrial research groups as well as have exceptional access to industrial data. The research project is supported by a software development team specialised in data visualisation.

About the Department
The Department of Computational Geoscience at Simula Research Laboratory works on the development of computational methods, evaluating their performance on the latest computer architecture and applying these methods to complicated geoscience problems. Our team is highly diverse and unifies researchers from geology and geophysics to mathematics and physics and scientific and high performance computing. We are closely tied to the oil and gas industry and
obtain a majority of our funding from Statoil, either through academic or R&D projects.

What's Expected
The successful candidate engage in quality research as directed by the project manager, developing geological models and scenarios based on available observations and being part of a team integrating such models with geodynamic and paleoclimate models and plate reconstructions from various sources. The candidate will be supported by experienced geoscience researchers, industry scientists and a software development team and will be required to closely interact with all parties. High quality research output is expected, and the potential is high, given the interdisciplinary nature of the project and its size.

Simula offers
* Excellent opportunities for doing high quality research, as part of a highly competent and motivated team of international researchers
* Is an equal opportunity employer
* Generous support for travels and equipment
* Good office facilities located close to the Oslo fjord and 10 minutes drive from the centre of Oslo, the capital of Norway.
* Competitive Salaries

Selection Criteria
1. A PhD in geoscience
2. Interest in Earth simulations and computational geoscience
3. Demonstrated history of publishing and presenting scientific results, excellent oral and written communication skills in English
4. Demonstrated skills in making geological interpretations based on integrated observations and interpretations, using for example, seismic, well or potential field data
5. Strong capacity for team work and for interacting with industry contacts
6. Strong analytical skills
7. Discipline to communicate and document work as it occurs and an ability to work independently and to complete tasks within given deadlines

1. Programming skills
2. Strong publication record
3. Experience in research project management

Application Requirements
Interested and qualified applicants should provide the following information via email to jobs@simula. no:

1. Cover letter
2. Statement addressing the selection criteria
3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume including a publication list and two references

The subject field of your email must include "JOBS 1104 Geology & Geophysics". We are interested in how you first came to learn about this position—please let us know in your emai.

Contact Information
For more information please contact Stuart R. Clark

Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Department: Computational Geoscience
Location: Fornebu, Norway (10 minutes from Oslo)
Applicants: Open to International Applicants
Application Reference #: CompGeo1104
Contractual Period: 3 years
Starting date: 2011
Applications close: 1 May, 2011

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