The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.
PhD position in organic geochemistry and paleoclimate
There is a vacancy for a PhD position in organic geochemistry /paleoclimate at the recently established SapienCE centre of excellence (CoE). The position is for a period of 4 years. The successful candidate will be formally employed at the Department of Earth Science.
About the project/work tasks
We are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated climate scientist to participate in the transdisciplinary SapienCE (CoE) project. The selected candidate will work with sediments recovered from offshore South Africa and will primarily use the leaf-wax δ13C and δD on n-alkanes and pollen grains preserved in Pleistocene sediments of the southwest Indian Ocean to reconstruct palaeoclimatic changes on land between 50-100 ka. This will allow for a more robust understanding of wide- scale climate conditions over Southern Africa ~100-50 ka. Furthermore, the candidate will, through collaborations with other researchers at the centre, help elucidate the crucial links between climate reconstructions, archaeological evidence, and early human behaviour.
Homo sapiens were anatomically modern by 300 ka (thousand years ago) in Africa, but there is no evidence indicating that behaviour was modern at the time. Current archaeological evidence, although limited, highlights 100-50 ka as being a watershed for human cognitive, technological, and social development in Africa. More research is needed to understand where, when, and why early humans started to think and behave the way we do today. Improved understanding of the environmental conditions such as climate change under which these developments occurred, is a critical contextual piece of this puzzle.
Qualifications and personal qualities:
International mobility: As part of a highly international and interdisciplinary team, the successful candidate must expect a high degree of travel activity, including research stays outside of Norway.
Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.
About the PhD position
The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises required duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a PhD position.
About the research training
As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.
We can offer:
Your application must include:
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.
Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:
Dr Margit Simon, Uni Research Climate & Bjerknes, Centre for Climate Research, Bergen, Norway,
Office phone: (+47) 55589831, email: email@example.com
The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.
We especially encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.
Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.