Were you aware that IRIS has an office in Oslo? It is located in the Research Park, between the University of Oslo (UiO) and the Oslo University Hospital, and is led by senior researcher Jan Ludvig Vinningland. He is one of the nine employees at this office, and remarks that there are several advantages to also having an office in the capital.
- One of the most important reasons justifying having an office in Oslo is recruitment. Oslo has the largest labour market in Norway, and the competition for the best candidates is fierce. For those who have already settled down and established themselves in Oslo, in many cases it is not an option to move out of Oslo for employment. Another important reason is the collaboration with the University of Oslo and other research centres, such as Norway’s national research centre for nuclear and energy technology, the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE). We work together with the University of Oslo and IFE in the National IOR Centre of Norway, and the Oslo office also participates in the EU project NanoHeal (Marie Curie ETN) which is led by the University of Oslo.
Although the office has relatively few employees, compared with the headquarters office in Stavanger, the employees keep quite busy.
“Each of us is involved in at least two to three projects, for a total of 20 small and larger projects, so there is plenty to keep oneself busy,” observes Vinningland.
- The Oslo office for IRIS has nine employees. Seven permanent employees, one PhD fellow and one post-doctoral researcher.
- The staff is divided into four different groups. Two at IRIS Social Science “Innovation and Business Development.” One at IRIS Social Science “Work and Safety,” two at IRIS Energy “Bore and Well Modelling” and four at IRIS Energy “Improved Oil Recovery.”