Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED)

PhD Research Fellowship in Magnetotellurics and
Mantle Dynamics of Greenland

The position is available as a part of a cooperation agreement between Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) at the University of Oslo Norway (UiO) and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). The fellowship requires admission both to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at UiO, and the PhD programme at Macquarie University.

The successful candidate will pursue his/her PhD studies for a total period of 36 months, with an expected start date in early 2019. The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree; We are looking for self-motivated, highly qualified candidate with solid theoretical background and in the upper segment of his/her class. The successful candidate will work in international teams, and good written and oral communication skills in English are required.

Project and job description:

Constraining uplift processes in Greenland is important for quantifying present- day rates of melting there. Some of the modern uplift is caused by the viscous response of the mantle to past deglaciation. This glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) is sensitive to mantle viscosity, which is poorly constrained for Greenland. This project will utilize existing data from magnetotellurics, geochemistry, and tectonic reconstructions to place constraints on spatial variations in the mantle viscosity structure beneath Greenland.

These constraints will then be incorporated into a mantle flow model in order to constrain the importance of viscosity variations to GIA patterns in Greenland. These constraints will then be evaluated within the context of present-day observations of uplift and melting.


Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent in Geophysics or a related field with marks at Distinction level.

Programming experience and experience working with geophysical data are requirements for this position. Experience with magnetotelluric data is desired.

An agreement for cooperation enables students to carry out their doctoral theses under a system of joint supervision at UiO and Macquarie University. Doctoral candidates must be deemed admissible by both institutions to be eligible for joint supervision under this agreement.

Procedures at the University of Oslo Norway:

The candidate and must satisfy the UiO PhD requirements, see:
http://www.uio.no/english/research/phd/ http://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/doctoral-degree-and-career/phd-programme/index.html

Procedures at Macquarie University Australia:

The Macquarie combined PhD ('cotutelle') program is described at:

Entry requirements for Macquarie University and details on how to apply can be found at:

We offer:

  • The first 1 ½ years of the position the PhD fellow will stay at UiO and receive a Norwegian salary NOK 449 400 - 505 800 per year. Position code 1017.
  • The second 1 ½ years of the PhD position will be funded at Macquarie University. Macquarie University will offer the PhD fellow a scholarship that covers their tuition fees (AUD $40,277 per year) and a tax-free scholarship of AUD $27,082 per year.
  • In addition, one economy return airfare is provided for travel between the partner universities.
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo's family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

For more information and how to apply, see here:

posted: 03 October 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.