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

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in structural geology in the Basin and Reservoir Studies Group at the Department of Earth Science. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties in the department). The position is funded by Aker BP.

About the project/work tasks:

The project will investigate structural and stratigraphic controls on fluid flow in a range of fluvial, shallow marine and aeolian sandstones. Of particular interest are faults and deformation bands, and we investigate the relationship between their structure and flow properties on one hand, and host rock facies/properties on the other. The project will combine the sampling and analysis of core samples from wellbores (from the Ivar Aasen field, Norwegian Continental Shelf) with the analysis and sampling of relevant outcrops (potential field areas in Utah, UK and Portugal). The analyses will focus on the distribution, (micro)structure and poroperm properties of faults and deformation bands as a function of host lithology in the studied rocks.

Qualifications and personal qualities

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in geology, 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.
  • A strong documented background and interest in structural geology is required.
  • Candidates who also possess a good understanding of sedimentology/stratigraphy, and/or with experience from integrated structural/stratigraphic work will be preferred.
  • Experience with independent fieldwork is an advantage.
  • Experience from wellbore core analysis is an advantage.
  • In addition to the above, experience with any of the following is of potential interest to the project: microstructural analysis and various micro-analytical techniques, porosity and permeability analyses, structurally controlled fluid flow and diagenesis, rock deformation experiments, reservoir/aquifer geology, and fluvial, aeolian and/or shallow marine sedimentology/stratigraphy.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • Candidates must be prepared to interact with industry sponsors, although no such previous experience is required.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Your personal motivation to undertake this project is important to us, and will be factored into the evaluation.

Special requirements for the position: A driver's license that allows you to drive a car in Europe and the US is required.

About the PhD position (applies to university PhD positions)

About the PhD position

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed across the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department, and will be decided upon appointment.

The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training

As a PhD candidate, you will be enrolled in the PhD programme at the Department of Earth Science, UiB. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within t 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

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment
  • salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 479 600,-. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

Your application must include

  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests, background and motivation for applying for the position
  • the names and contact information for at least two references. 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
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (e.g. 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

For further details about the position, please contact Professor Atle Rotevatn at the Department of Earth Science (tel.: +47 55583390; e-mail:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

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.

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posted: 12 June 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.