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 Research Fellow in Numerical Modelling of Surface Processes in Rift Basins

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Earth Scienceto work on sediment routing systems in rift basins using 3D numerical modelling. 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 research will investigate controls on sediment routing systems in rift basins, such as the Corinth rift, Greece, and is part of a large research effort into understanding rift basin formation and the controls on rift basin stratigraphy between members of the Basin and Reservoir Studies and Geodynamics research groups at UiB. The postdoctoral researcher will work on: i) impact of pre-existing topography and drainage on syn-rift stratigraphy and normal faulting, and ii) evaluate the interaction between source-related sediment supply signals and sink-related base-level changes in controlling syn-rift stratigraphy.

The successful candidate will be expected to take a leading role in developing research in these areas and to publish results in leading peer-reviewed publications. He/she will also be expected to participate in other activities/tasks such as teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels, mentoring masters and PhD students.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within Quantitative Sedimentology/Geodynamics, 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.
  • A suitable background and research interest in quantitative surface processes and/or tectonic modelling, and quantitative earth science is essential.
  • Experience with long term tectonic modelling, and application of finite element methods is considered an advantage.
  • Experience of quantitative analysis of sediment transport and deposition, and using this to understand controls on basin stratigraphy is a considerable advantage.
  • Experience of normal faulting/rift basin formation and its effects on erosion and/or depositional systems is an advantage.
  • Evidence of ability to present and publish the result of research at an international level in English and documented research potential.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.
Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The position of postdoctoral research 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 four years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a work 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) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 486 100,-. Further promotions are made according to length of service.
  • 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 and official confirmation that the doctoral 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.