Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Engineering


Job description

The University of Stavanger invites applicants for a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Engineering at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Energy Resources. 

The objective of the position is to strengthen research, and to give researchers/scholars holding a doctoral degree the opportunity for further qualification toward top academic positions.

The qualifying project will be carried out at the University of Stavanger. It is assumed that the appointee will work full time on the project and that she/he will participate in the academic community.

Postdoctoral Fellow is employed for a period of two years. 

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be affiliated with the following project «Data driven approach to lower CO2 emissions: the NCS case».

More and more hydrocarbon reservoirs are producing at high water cut. With the increasing cost of electricity and with the forthcoming CO2 production limitations, reservoir energy must be utilized optimally. Hereby, we will analyse historical reservoir production data at the Norwegian Continentantal Shelf (NCS) to develop an energy consumption model. The model will be benchmark against historical CO2 emission data from the NCS allowing for optimization of the energy consumption from oil and gas fields both locally (field by field) and regionally (groups of fields). Data driven analyses will be complemented by physical reservoir modelling, with machine learning approaches to extract correlations from data first, and causal analysis after to extract causation.

The position is funded by the NCS2030 centre.

Qualification requirements

You must have a PhD within engineering, physics, applied mathematics, or data science. The PhD thesis must have been submitted for evaluation within the application deadline for the position and approved before accession.

The ideal candidate should have combined knowledge in engineering and data science. Expertise in data analytics and machine learning with geo application is an advantage. Competence in Python language is required.

You must have a good command of both oral and written English.

In the assessment the following criteria will be emphasised:

  • submitted scientific work and your personal skills for completing the project within the time frame
  • international experience and network
  • qualifications within the areas of creativity, innovation and commercialisation of research
  • good teamwork, communication skills and ability to participate in research communities across organisational units
  • ability to work independently in a structured manner
  • motivation, sense of responsibility and accountability, work capacity and enthusiasm for research 


We offer

  • varied duties in a large, exciting and socially important organisation
  • an ambitious work community which is developing rapidly. We strive to include employees at all levels in strategic decisions and promote an informal atmosphere with a flat organisational structure
  • access to Lifekeys, a digital service for the preservation of personal mental health and well-being
  • salary in accordance with the State Salary Scale, 17.510, code 1352, NOK 580.000 - 680.000 gross per year. A higher salary may be considered in special cases. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which provides favourable insurance and retirement benefits
  • favourable membership terms at a gym and at the university sports club, SiS sports club at campus
  • employment with an Inclusive Workplace organisation which is committed to reducing sick leave, increasing the proportion of employees with reduced working capacity, and increasing the number of professionally active seniors
  • Hjem-jobb-hjem, discounted public transport to and from work
  • as an employee in Norway, you will have access to an optimal health service, as well as good pensions, generous maternity/paternity leave, and a competitive salary. Nursery places are guaranteed and reasonably priced.
  • relocation programme


Diversity is a resource in the working and learning environment at UiS. When we have different backgrounds and experiences, we can approach challenges from multiple perspectives and find better solutions.

At UiS, we are committed to showing respect for each other's differences and accommodating employees with disabilities. We take into consideration your needs and your situation in various life phases.

If you find this position interesting, we encourage you to apply, regardless of gender, disability, cultural background, or whether you have been out of the workforce for a period.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, gaps in their CV, or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these groups for an interview. If you fall into any of these categories, feel free to indicate it when applying for the position.

Learn more about the criteria for being considered an applicant in these specific groups here.

The university aims to recruit more women within the subject area. If several applicants are considered to have equal qualifications, female applicants will be given priority.

Contact information

More information on the position can be obtained from Head of Department Alejandro Escalona, e-mail:, Professor Aksel Hiorth,  e-mail: and Associate Professor Enrico Riccardi, e-mail:

Information about the appointment procedure can be obtained from Senior HR advisor Margot A. Treen, tel: +4751831419, e-mail:




To apply for this position please follow the link "Apply for this job". Your application letter, relevant education and work experience as well as language skills must be registered here. In the application letter, you must state your research interests and motivation for the position.

The following documents must be uploaded as attachments to your application:

  • CV with a full summary of your education and experience
  • documentation of approved PhD If you have not completed the PhD, you may enclose a confirmation from the institution on the expected date of obtaining the doctoral degree. 
  • complete list of academic publications with information on where they are published. You may also upload up to 5 publications, including your PhD thesis or published monograph based upon the thesis.
  • transcripts and certificates, and other documentation that you consider relevant

Applications are evaluated based on the information available in Jobbnorge on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

The documentation must be available in either a Scandinavian language or in English. If the total size of the attachments exceeds 30 MB, they must be compressed before upload. 

Please note that information on applicants may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the official list of applicants - see Section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act. If your request is not granted, you will be notified.

UiS only considers applications and attachments registered in Jobbnorge.

General information

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. If your application is considered to be in conflict with the criteria in the latter legislation, it will be rejected without further assessment.

Employment as Postdoctoral Fellow is regulated in "Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow and research fellow, research assistant and resident".

We put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Your qualifications for the position, based on documentation registered in Jobbnorge, will be assessed by an internal expert committee. 

Based on the committee's statement, relevant applicants will be invited to an interview before any recommendations are made. References will also be obtained for relevant candidates. More about the hiring process on our website.

UiS has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

It is a prerequisite that you have a residence which enables you to be present at/available to the academic community during ordinary working hours.

The position has been announced in both Norwegian and English. In the case of differences of meaning between the texts, the Norwegian text takes precedence.

Morten Berentsen 


UiS - challenge the well-known and explore the unknown

The University of Stavanger (UiS) has about 12,000 students and 2,200 employees. The university has high ambitions. We strive to have an innovative and international profile, and be a driving force in knowledge development and in the process of societal change. Our common direction is driven by consideration for green and sustainable change and equitable social development, through new ways of managing natural resources and facilitating better cities and local communities. Energy, health and welfare, learning for life are our focus areas.

In constant collaboration and dialogue with our surroundings, regionally, nationally and internationally, we enjoy an open and creative climate for education, research, innovation, dissemination and museum activities. Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organised into six faculties comprising various departments/schools and National Research Centres, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. We are a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities. The university is located in the most attractive region in the country with more than 300,000 inhabitants. The Stavanger region has a dynamic labour market and exciting cultural and leisure activities.

Together with our staff and students we will challenge the well-known and explore the unknown.

The Faculty of Science and Technology offers study programs at bachelor, master and doctoral level. The faculty has established close cooperation on research with NORCE (Norwegian Research Centre AS) and the regional industry. A number of master's and doctoral theses are made in collaboration with the industry. The faculty has established research collaborations with universities in the US and Europe, and has developed several academic environments that are at the forefront internationally. The faculty has about 2,800 students and approximately 500 employees at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Structural Engineering and Materials Science, Department of Mathematics and Physics, Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Energy Resources and the Department of Safety, Economics and Planning.

The Department of Energy Resources boasts an international environment for staff and students. The research is associated with societal challenges and opportunities stemming from environmentally-friendly energy and climate. This includes production and storage of energy resources and disposal of waste products in the subsurface, geosciences, technology for improved oil recovery (IOR), and decision & data analytical methods and applications. The department offers study programs relevant for exploration, storage and production of natural resources and modeling for improving decision-making and value creation.

We have broad collaboration with other universities, research institutes and industry. The department has an international focus with a large degree of English as teaching language and mobility of students and staff. The Department of Energy Resources has ca. 45 members of staff, including PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.

Questions about the position

Enrico Riccardi


Margot A. Treen

Senior HR-rådgiver


Universitet i Stavanger / University of Stavanger

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Deadline: 2024-08-29
Location: Norway, Stavanger
Categories: Applied Mathematics,, Computer Engineering, Data Science, Engineering, Physics, Postdoc,


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