Postdoc fellow: Hydrogeology

Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet (NMBU)
Postdoc fellow: Hydrogeology - 24/00413


About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant four year Postdoctoral–position in hydrogeology.

Hydrogeologists play an important role in strengthening our knowledge on groundwater use in Norway. In Norway, groundwater plays an important role as drinking water, energy supply, for contaminant transport, to sustain ecosystems and in several geotechnical aspects of infrastructure projects, such as slope stability, subsidence, and tunnel leakages. Groundwater also serves as a strategic backup during times of surface water shortage. Hence the competence on hydrogeology is vital in sustaining ecosystems in various settings such as environmental conservation, resource management, and sustainable development. Also globally, the role of a hydrogeologist becomes increasingly critical.

The postdoctoral position consists of approximately 50% research and 50% teaching. The research part is linked to the research-based innovation centre earthresQue [Rescue of earth materials and wastes in the circular economy,].

The postdoc will be part of the Geology research group at the Section of Soil and Water Sciences at MINA-NMBU and contribute to the courses in hydrogeology. There are about 20 permanent faculty employees in the section covering a broad field of earth sciences such as soil science, geology, geochemistry, hydrology and limnology.

The earthresQue research group includes several other scientists, and research fellows.

Our vision is to be the leading research and teaching environment in hydrogeology in Norway, and to maintain high international standards in teaching and research.

We seek a hydrogeologist with focus and interests in flow and solute transport in porous or fractured media (saturated or unsaturated) and in-depth knowledge in one or several of the following: numerical modelling, geostatistics, field methods, such as well tests and/or hydrogeophysics.

Main tasks

Teaching hydrogeology courses to undergraduate and/or graduate students (GEO220, GEO300, GEO320). This involves developing course materials, delivering lectures, supervising laboratory and field experiments, and assessing student performance. As well as advising and mentoring graduate students, including master's and doctoral students, in their research projects.

Data Analysis and Modelling: Use statistical and numerical modelling techniques to analyse data and simulate groundwater flow, transport of contaminants, or other hydrogeological processes. This can involve using software such as MODFLOW, MT3Dms, COMSOL Multiphysics, PHREEQC.

You are expected to publish your research findings in peer-reviewed journals and seek external funding to support your research. Involvement and contribution to the earthresQue centre is part of the job. This includes collaboration with researchers (internal and external), and stakeholders involved in earthresQue (


The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a Postdoc programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year master’s degree and PhD, with a learning outcome corresponding to the descriptions in the Norwegian Qualification Framework, third cycle. The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the postdoctoral fellow-programme description.

The position involves creative and varied work, and the Postdoc will become a member of a dynamic and multifaceted research group. The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications:

  • PhD degree within hydrogeology, preferably obtained within the last 5 years (Applications from persons without a finished PhD degree can be accepted, but the requirement of a PhD degree needs to be fulfilled before the position starts).
  • Experience with field exploration for hydrogeological applications
  • Experience with groundwater modelling
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English, demonstrated by publications, essays or equivalent in English is required

The following experience and knowledge are considered advantageous:

  • Familiar with challenges related to characterization of contaminated or old landfill sites.
  • Methods for characterizing leachate risks from excavated waste and surplus masses
  • Driver’s license

The personal qualities that are sought for include:

  • An inquisitive nature and desire to answer complex questions.
  • Have an inner drive and be devoted and motivated to work within environmental water research.
  • Independent and creative with a broad scientific and societal interest who thrives in a dynamic research environment

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 61-77) (NOK 594 500-796 600), depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

For further information, please contact Professor Helen K. French, E-mail:

Or Associate professor, Gudny Okkenhaug, E-mail:  

Information to applicants


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 09.03.2024

In the application, the candidate must confirm that information and documentation (in the form of attachments) submitted via the job application can also be used by NMBU in a possible admission process.

Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates.

The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page).
  • Complete CV.
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (i.e. Di-ploma, transcript. Diploma supplement for both bachelor and master).
  • Diplomas, transcripts and diploma supplements that are not in Norwegian or English must be uploaded in the original language.
  • English translation of these documents must also be attached.
  • Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a diploma supplement, or a similar document, which describes in detail the study program and grading system.
  • Names and contact details for two references.
  • Additional relevant documentation of professional knowledge (for example, list of scientific works). If it is difficult to judge the applicant’s contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant’s contribution must be included.

Up to ten publications selected by the applicant as most relevant must be attached to the application. If it is difficult to identify the contribution of the applicant in multiple-author publications, a short explanation about the applicant’s part of the work is suggested.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management), P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 09.03.2024 Please quote reference number 24/00413.

Applicants invited for an interview will be asked to present verified copies of diplomas and certificates.

Please note that the report from the expert committee will be sent to all applicants.

About The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management

earthresQue is a Centre for Research-based Innovation (CRI), The centre is hosted by the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

The primary objective of the research in earthresQue is to develop technologies, systems innovation, and a governance framework towards sustainable management and treatment of wastes and earth materials, building on science-based education and information.

The center focuses on two important components:

  • Sustainable management and reuse of excess earth materials and wastes.
  • Sustainable risk reducing solutions for old and future landfills.

The research in the centre benefits from a close collaboration between user partners and researchers to enhance knowledge development that responds to the need of the industry and society.

The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) works with nature and the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, biological and geological processes.

MINA’s employees undertake teaching, research and dissemination within the fields of geology, hydrology and limnology, soil science, environmental chemistry, forestry, ecology, natural resource management, renewable energy, and nature-based tourism.

Our vision is to be a key actor in knowledge production and dissemination, and our goal is to deliver research of high, international quality, and varied and excellent teaching. The faculty’s employees are significant participants within their respective fields of expertise, both nationally and internationally. The faculty is dominated by a vital research culture and high levels of scientific production.

The faculty has about 200 employees, 90 PhD students and 650 students.

Read more about MINA here.

Universitetstunet 3, 1430 Ås
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29. feb. 2024 11:14