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 sedimentology and basin analysis

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Earth Scienceto work on syn-rift sedimentation and tectonics. The position is for a fixed-term period of four years and is funded by UiB as part of Professor Rob Gawthorpe's appointment as VISTA Professor.

About the project/work tasks:

The PhD research will focus on rift basin sedimentology and stratigraphy focusing on the Corinth Rift, Greece and will involve analysis of core material from the Gulf of Corinth collected as part of the IODP Expedition 381 and fieldwork on the onshore part of the rift.

The objective of this project is to understand how the basin infill of the Corinth Rift responds to different forcing factors in the hinterland areas of the rift, to those in the basin sink, and to factors inherent to the depositional system. This will be achieved through careful field work on basin margin depositional systems and associated structures, and through sedimentologial and palaeoenvironmental analysis core collected as part of the IODP Expedition 381.

Specific tasks for the study include:
  • Mapping of basin margin successions and associated structures along the southern border fault of the Corinth rift.
  • Sedimentological and stratigraphic analysis of core and outcrop.
  • Palaeoenvironmental analysis of core and outcrop.
  • Integration of structural, sedimentological and palaeoenvironmental data to reconstruct the main controls on rift margin and rift axis sedimentation.
Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • The applicant must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in earth science that is relevant to the project, or must have submitted his/her master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Experience of process sedimentology is essential, preferably deltaic and turbidite depositional systems.
  • High level of fieldwork experience is essential, preferably involving syn-tectonic sedimentary studies linked to structural mapping.
  • Experience of basin analysis and integrating sedimentary and structural data is essential, preferably in rift basins.
  • Experience of working on core material, particularly involving high-resolution sampling and multi-proxy studies would be and advantage.
  • Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Evidence of the ability to give high-quality oral presentations and write research reports at a high standard in English is essential.
  • Experience of demonstrating or assisting in laboratory

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 isa condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 50 (code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 8) in the state salary scale. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position.
  • 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 two reference persons. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • A 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.

General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Rob Gawthorpe, Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, 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 thereforea goal. It is alsoa 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.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.

posted: 09 November 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.