Senior Research Scientist in Microseismic Monitoring

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NORSAR has extensive experience in array seismology, microseismic monitoring and ray-tracing technology. We are seeking candidates for a permanent position in the research and development project team for Microseismic Monitoring. This team delivers projects funded by clients such as the Research Council of Norway, the EU H2020, the Norwegian Climit Fund, U.S. DOE and industry clients. Embedded in these project activities is the scientific development of software solutions and possible commercialization.

The microseismic team is developing methods and work processes to be used in different applications and industrial segments. A large part of the project portfolio is connected to projects concerning the safe storage of CO2; the design of networks, development of methods, and the monitoring of fluid injection. 

Other major activities are linked to the monitoring of unstable rock slopes and activities related to the offshore oil & gas industry, such as the monitoring of injection wells, production, and depletion effects. Parts of the project portfolio comprises developing methods for enhanced geothermal energy production. 

The work involves cooperation with active customers and external research institutions in Norway and abroad. A primary objective is developing new numerical models and data interpretation workflows that can identify governing mechanisms and responses to microseismic activity in the subsurface. Skills needed include the capacity to investigate the use of seismological methods to characterize, and potentially differentiate, the internal structure of natural and induced fracture networks. The candidate will need to be able to relocate microseismicity, determine source parameters and mechanisms, and thereupon, derive fracture network geometries. 

Required skills and experiences:

  • general seismic waveform processing
  • knowledge of earthquake location methodology
  • knowledge of programming (e.g. matlab, C/C++, python, or others)
  • experience of managing projects and teams
  • proven working-knowledge in numerical modelling is advantageous

Desired additional skills and experiences:

  • 5-10 years of working experience
  • line management experience
  • industrial experience

The right candidate will be a good communicator with great presentation skills, with the ability to both collaborate in a team and independently solve assignments. The candidate needs to be fluent in English, written and spoken, and good Norwegian language skills are an advantage.

We offer:

A very diverse and challenging job within an international team of young and experienced researchers. We encourage women to apply. We offer flexible working conditions and competitive terms.

Candidates may be requested to pass professional selection procedures. Applications with documentation of competence, experience and letter of motivation, including contacts to references, should be sent electronically to as soon as possible and no later than end of May  2018. 

Interested candidates may obtain additional information by contacting Dr. Volker Oye,, or calling: +47 – 9306 5716.


Volker Oye

Hvem er Norsar?

NORSAR is a not-for-profit research foundation located at Kjeller outside of Oslo, Norway, and operates key seismic and infrasound arrays of the global network for monitoring compliance with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty – CTBT. NORSAR conducts research, development and advanced consultancy to the public sector and private customers in the fields of geophysics, seismology, seismic modelling, microseismic- and explosion monitoring, atmospheric infrasound, and earthquake engineering. Read more on