UiT - The Arctic University of Norway invites applications for a

PhD position in ore geology/geochemistry

The appointment is for a period of four years. The position is affiliated with the research group in the Solid Earth Research Group at the Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Science and Technology.

Application deadline: 1 October 2017

The position's field of research/research project and other duties

The research project covers the fields of ore geology, geochemistry and experimental petrology. The main goal of the project is to give a better insight into the origin and evolution of gabbro pegmatites and their role in formation of various types of ore deposits. The research will be focused to effects of the magmatic-hydrothermal transition, the melt viscosity and the cooling rate on the crystal size and on the partition of metals between mafic silicate melts, solid phases and magmatic fluids. The project represents a novel approach that combines the field and laboratory studies of natural-occurring pegmatites and associated ore deposits and experimental petrology studies.

The project includes three fieldwork campaigns in Northern Norway and laboratory work in Norway and abroad. The appointed candidate will work on the determination of forming conditions of three selected gabbro pegmatites using a wide spectrum of analytical methods (phase and textural analyses (XRD, SEM/EBSD), lithogeochemistry and mineral chemistry (XRF, SEM/EDS+WDS, LA-ICP-MS), fluid and melt inclusions studies (microthermometry, Raman spectroscopy, LA-ICP-MS analyses of individual inclusions). Piston-cylinder experiments will be used for testing of established pegmatite-forming processes in the P-T-X space. In addition, they will provide information on the chemical element partition between silicate melts and magmatic fluid and the effect of cooling rate on the crystal size and the chemical element partitioning between silicate melts and solid phases.

The successful candidate will dedicate 25% of her/his working time to duty work for the department. This may include teaching (e.g. supervision and evaluation of student exercises) at various levels.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty's PhD programme. In addition, he/she must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification. The successful candidate must have a Master degree or equivalent in geology with a strong background in geochemistry and petrology, and must have documented laboratory work experience associated with his/her master project. A hands-on experience with fluid and melt inclusion studies, thermodynamic modelling and/or experimental petrology is beneficial.


The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:

  • Letter of application
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • Names and full contact information of three referees
  • Diploma and transcript from your Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Diploma and transcript from your Master's degree or equivalent
  • Diploma supplement for completed degrees
  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • List of publications

Further information about the position and the research project is available by contacting:

posted: 04 September 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.