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Postdoctoral fellow within Environmental Radioactivity/Radioanalytical Chemistry

Published 2024-04-23

About the position

Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA) at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has one to two vacant positions as Post Doctoral research fellows related to Environmental Radioactivity/Radioanalytical Chemistry. The positions are fixed term positions for two years, with possibility for extension of the fixed term for up to three years.

Knowledge on the behaviour of radionuclides in the environment is fundamental for the evaluation of their potential impact on humans and the environment. Such research is applicable to a wide range of challenges in nuclear sciences, including decommissioning and waste management, emergency preparedness, and assessment of new nuclear technologies.

We can offer one to two post-doctoral positions for candidates working in relevant research areas including: modelling of radionuclide transport or transfer; application of mass spectrometry to analysis of radionuclides; or environmental risk assessment of radionuclides. The successful candidate will be linked to the recently established Norwegian Nuclear Research Centre (NNRC), which is a collaboration between UiO, NMBU and IFE (https://www.nnrc.uio.no/english/research-themes/rt-5/)

Main tasks

Candidates are expected to conduct their research within one or more of the following:

  • Development and application of models in emergency preparedness
  • Studies on factors (e.g., source term, speciation, environmental parameters) influencing the environmental transfer of radionuclides
  • Environmental impact assessment of decommissioning and radioactive waste management
  • Development and application of mass spectrometry (ICP-MS, AMS) to study radionuclide behaviour, including difficult to measure radionuclides 
  • Participate in teaching and education.
  • Supervision of PhD and MSc students.

The main purpose of the post-doctoral position is to qualify for work in high-level scientific positions. The candidates to be employed will develop their own career development plan.

MINA CERAD Alpha spectrometer


Required Academic qualifications

  • PhD within chemistry, physics or environmental sciences of relevance.

The following experiences and skills will be emphasized:

  • Background in environmental radioactivity and/or environmental chemistry
  • Technical competence in mass spectrometry (need not have previous experience of applications to radionuclides)  
  • Experience with modelling and/or programming (e.g., geochemical, dispersion, environmental transfer, dose assessment)
  • Application of environmental impact assessment tools
  • Knowledge of challenges linked to decommissioning and/or waste management.
  • Number and quality of scientific publications.

You need to:

  • Have good communication skills, ability to establish new contacts and develop networks.
  • Have high working capacity, as well as interest and ability to work in teams.
  • Have ability to create a welcoming and productive working environment for colleagues and students.
  • Thrive in a multidisciplinary and international campus environment.
  • Have oral and written communication skills in English, and preferably in a Scandinavian language

Personal suitability will be given weight.

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow (salary grade 62-77) (NOK 604.900-796.600), depending on qualifications. The position follows ordinary meriting regulations.

For further information, please contact Professor Deborah H. Oughton

E-mail: Deborah.oughton@nmbu.no; phone +47 99264074.

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: 31.05.2024

Your CV must be entered in JobbNorge's CV form and not just included as an attachment. This is to be able to comply with the regulations of §15 of the Public Administration Act.

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, The Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA), P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 31.05.2024. Please quote reference number 24/02383.

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

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.

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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

NMBU will contribute to securing the future of life through outstanding research, education, communication and innovation. We have the country's most satisfied university students, who receive research-based education in a unique student environment. Our graduates gain a high level of competence in interdisciplinary collaboration and are popular in the labor market. NMBU has internationally leading research environments in several subjects. Together with our partners in society and business, we contribute to solving some of the biggest societal challenges of our time.

We focus on innovation, communication and entrepreneurship because we believe these challenges are best solved with joint efforts. We believe that a good working environment is characterized by diversity.If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no/en