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.

Postdoctoral Fellow in structural geology

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Earth Science (, in structural geology focusing on the geometry, evolution and flow properties of basin bounding fault systems in rift basins. The position is for a period of two years and is affiliated to the project ARCEx Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration financed by the Research Council of Norway, Troms Fylkeskommune and a consortium of oil and gas companies. For more information about ARCEx, see

About the project/work tasks

We wish to attract an active researcher with proven and relevant research experience in field based structural geology who will help lead a team of masters and PhD researchers under the supervision of Professor Atle Rotevatn. The project will focus on faults systems that separate syn-rift clastic hangingwall depocentres from crystalline basement, and will study the geometry, evolution and permeability structure of such faults. It will involve:

  • outcrop studies of basin-bounding faults
  • field-based structural data collection and analysis
  • structural characterization and reconstruction of deformation history and diagenetic history
  • characterization of deformation in crystalline and sedimentary rocks
  • rock sampling and laboratory analysis of petrophysical and geophysical fault rock properties
  • sampling of fault gouge to constrain fault slip history (using K-Ar illite dating)
  • interaction with industry sponsors

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within sedimentology/structural geology or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

Special requirements for the position include:

  • Experience of field-based structural geological work is essential.
  • Experience of deformation in crystalline rocks would be an advantage
  • Experience of deformation in porous clastic rocks would be an advantage
  • Experience from studies of fault zone permeability would be an advantage
  • Experience from structural diagenesis would be an advantage
  • Experience of microstructural characterization and analysis would be an advantage
  • Experience of working in the oil and gas industry would be an advantage.
  • Proven ability to present and publish results from research at an international level is required.
  • The project can start immediately. Therefore, candidates who are able to start immediately will be have an advantage.
  • The fieldwork will involve camping in remote areas and will be physically demanding. Broad experience from fieldwork, the outdoors and from working in the high Arctic will be considered an advantage.

About the position of postdoctoral fellow:

The position of postdoctoral fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 2 years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral fellow at the same institution.

Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work. The project proposal must be prepared in cooperation with the project manager/supervisor and must also include a schedule. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • salary at pay grade 57 (Code 1352/ Pay range 24, alternative 1) in the state salary scale. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position. In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants higher salaries may be considered.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • good welfare benefits.

Your application must include:

  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • the names and contact information for three references. One of these may be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
  • relevant certificates/references.
  • list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.

Closing date for applications: 31 March 2017

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Professor Atle Rotevatn, Department of Earth Science, phone: +47 55 58 33 90, e-mail:

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 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.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Applications sent by e-mail to individuals at the university will not be considered.

posted: 07 March 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.