Postdoctoral Research Fellow to Develop instrument(s) for Mapping Resources on the Moon

Universitetet i Oslo
Postdoctoral Research Fellow to Develop instrument(s) for Mapping Resources on the Moon
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Job description

Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow available at Centre for Space Sensors and Systems (CENSSS).

Centre for Space Sensors and Systems (CENSSS) is a Centre for researched based innovation (SFI) at the Department of Technology Systems (https://www.mn.uio.no/its/) at Kjeller. The Centre is funded by the Research Council of Norway for up to 8 years, starting in November 2020. The centre has three research partners and nine user partners.

CENSSS will address challenges and opportunities in science, technology and business related to New-Space satellites and systems for Earth Observation, as well as Space Exploration to the Moon and Mars. CENSSS will do this by focusing on novel sensors, sensor systems and services. The centre will address UN´s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as applications of national interest.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.

Preferred starting date as soon as possible and no later than January 1, 2023.

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to three years.

More about the position

Project description:

In order to explore the inner solar system, we need to develop methods to use available resources as building materials, as well as energy, water and oxygen sources. Before any resources may be located, they need to be found and mapped.

To map resources several different technologies may be used. In CENSSS we focus on neutron and gamma ray detection to determine compositions of materials and search for water that may be extracted


The main task of the postdoc will be to develop instrument(s) for mapping of resources on the moon and other bodies in the solar system.

The work will include:

  • Review and analysis of requirements for an instrument or instrument package
  • Development and test of a physical instrument that is qualifiable for flight

The work will be based on existing technology provided to CENSSS by the company Integrated Detector Electronics AS, IDEAS. You will therefore work in close with scientists and engineers from IDEAS to develop instruments suitable for use on the Moon or on Mars. IDEAS has a strong heritage in space borne electronics and IDEAS integrated circuits are used on more than 20 scientific space missions.

The candidate is expected to share his/her/their office time between CENSSS at Kjeller, Lillestrøm and IDEAS in Nydalen, Oslo.

The work will also include the supervision of master and Ph.D. students within this topic.

Development plan:

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan (https://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/postdoc/development-plan/index.html) no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe's leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

Must have qualifications:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in physical sciences, electronics, or informatics. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defence are eligible for appointment
  • The hiring process is conducted after the principles of the act for state employees (statsansatteloven) and the Act relating to control of export of knowledge, technology and services (Eksportkontrolloven)

Desired skills (not requirements)

  • The candidate should have some knowledge of radiation detection. Experience in simulation of detection systems and radiation environments as well as analysis of radiation data is an advantage
  • We also expect the candidate to have experience in instrumentation and electronics. In depth knowledge of embedded systems and FPGA programming is an advantage
  • Knowledge of instrumentation used in space is also an advantage  

We will adapt the work to the skills of the successful candidate.

Personal skills
  • Ability to take initiative and come up with new ideas to solve theoretical and practical problems
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Good personal communication skills

We offer
  • Salary NOK 544 400 - 626 300,- per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • Attractive welfare benefits (https://www.uio.no/english/for-employees/employment/welfare/index.html) and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Postdoctoral development programmes (https://www.uio.no/english/about/regulations/personnel/academic/guidelines-appointment-postdoc-researcher.html)
  • Oslo's family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter (statement of motivation, summarizing scientific work and research interest)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works 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 in our 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 (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description (whenever this is required in the call for applicants), and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability.

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.
It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations (https://www.uio.no/english/about/regulations/personnel/academic/guidelines-appointment-postdoc-researcher.html) for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

If an applicant has applied for and been granted funding for a fulltime research stay abroad while being employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, the employment will be prolonged with the equivalent time as the research stay, but for no longer than of twelve months ( thus extending the employment to a maximum of four years).

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

For question and further information about the project please contact

WP-leader Anja Kohfeldt, e-mail: anja.kohfeldt@ideas.no

Professor Svein-Erik Hamran, e-mail: s.e.hamran@its.uio.no

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system JobbNorge, please contact

HR Adviser Olga Holmlund, e-mail: olga.holmlund@mn.uio.no

Om arbeidsgiveren

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 University of Oslo (UiO) is expanding the activity at Campus Kjeller to strengthen our education, research, and innovation in technology for a sustainable future. UiO is a well-ranked research university where the Department of Technology Systems at Kjeller (ITS) is focused on applied research in sustainable energy, autonomous systems, space, and security. At Kjeller, ITS is co-located with the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI) and the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), which both offer rich opportunities for collaboration. ITS also has a range of interdisciplinary research collaborations that include the UiO Blindern Campus and Oslo Science City, as well as many other national and international institutions and industries.

ITS offers several master level programmes, alone and jointly with other departments: Renewable energy systems, Cybernetics and autonomous systems, Robotics and intelligent systems, and Information security. ITS also hosts the Centre for Space Sensors and Systems (CENSSS), which incorporates operation of an instrument on the NASA Perseverance rover on Mars. A new master program in Space systems is in the planning stage. The department currently has 9 permanent scientific staff, approximately 35 adjunct staff from the research institutes at Kjeller and from industry, as well as about 20 PhD candidates.

This position is part of an ongoing expansion of the UiO activity at Campus Kjeller. Campus Kjeller is located 20 km northeast of Oslo, between the city center and Oslo Airport. It is a 20 minutes commute with public transportation from Oslo city center to the campus.

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