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.
Research fellow in the field of quantitative geomorphology and tectonics
At the Department of Earth Science a 4-year position as research fellow (PhD candidate) is available immediately in the field of quantitative geomorphology and tectonics. The research will combine numerical modelling with field studies of erosion/deposition processes and fault growth in rift settings.
Patterns of faulting in rifts and compressional mountain belts play a key role in determining the routing of rivers through the landscape and control the areas where erosion and sedimentation rates are greatest. The redistribution of mass through erosional "unloading" and depositional "loading" changes the stress state in the crust and thereby introduces a feedback between surface processes and subsequent fault development. The strength of the feedback is not well constrained for real systems, particularly in rift settings where fault segmentation leads to patterns of erosion and deposition that cannot be represented by 2D approximations. This project will address this problem using a combination of numerical modeling and analysis of field data, focusing primarily on well-constrained areas of active extension in the central Italian Apennines and mainland Greece. The project will involve developing an existing 2D coupled tectonic-surface process model and ultimately extending this to apply it to 3D systems, to address the following question: How does fault segmentation influence the feedback between erosion, deposition and tectonic activity in the rifts?
Applicants must have achieved a master's degree or equivalent in earth science that is relevant to the PhD topic, or have submitted their master thesis for assessment by the application deadline. It is a prerequisite, however, that the formal admission requirements for the PhD programme are met before appointment can be made.
Candidates must have a suitable background in earth science, physics, or an equivalent and relevant quantitative background. Experience in computational fluid/solid dynamics, extensional tectonics, quantitative geomorphology, analysis of digital elevation models is desirable.
Applicants should submit a brief (1 page) statement of their research experience and intended research goals within the scope of this PhD study.
The research fellow must take part in the University's approved PhD programme leading to the degree within a time limit of 3 years. Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline for the training module, will be worked out in collaboration with the supervisory committee.
In total, the fellowship period is 4 years. For positions with 4-year duration 25 % of the period will be designated to teaching and/or administrative duties. The fellowship period may be reduced if the successful applicant has held previous employment as research fellow.
The teaching language will normally be Norwegian. However, applicants with documented excellent knowledge of English are also eligible, regardless of knowledge of Norwegian.
Starting salary on grade 48 (code 1017/pay framework 20.8) in the Civil Service pay grade table scale; currently NOK 391,300 gross p.a.; following ordinary meriting regulations.
Additional information on the position is available from Professor Patience Cowie,
phone: +47 55 58 35 16 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.
Women in particular are invited to apply. If, in the opinion of the evaluation committee, several applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules on equal opportunities laid down in the Personnel Regulations for Academic Positions will be applied.
State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. The University of Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Persons of different ethnic backgrounds are therefore encouraged to apply for the position.
The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to scientific positions. Hence, the evaluation committee's report will be disclosed (in full detail, and not made anonymous) to all of the applicants.
Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.
Send electronic application, CV, copies of diplomas (including master diploma or supervisor confirmation of submitted thesis), two academic references (at least one of which should be from the awarding master's university) research statement (1 page) and support documentation by clicking on the button marked "APPLY FOR THIS JOB" on this page.
Incomplete applications and applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 15 June 2012
Quote reference number: 2011/7474