Faculty position in Geology at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
Post Doc: Sequence stratigraphy of the Lower Cretaceous Basin Fill in the High ArcticAvailable from June 1. 2012 The Department of Arctic Geology of the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) has a vacancy for a Post Doc position for three years. The position is sponsored by Lundin Norway AS.
UNIS provides education and carries out scientific research based in Svalbard within the high Arctic, and benefits greatly from this geographical location. Approximately half of the staff and students are from abroad, and all teaching is in English. UNIS is located in a new building in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, with very good access to modern laboratories and equipment. UNIS is a state-owned limited company. For more information about Svalbard please see 'About Svalbard' at www.svalbard.net.
The Department for Arctic Geology (UNIS) presently consists of 4 professors, 3 associate professors, 8 adjunct professors, 2 Post Doc and 7 PhD students. Additional information about the Arctic Geology department can be found at www.unis.no.
Description of the vacant position
We are seeking creative and highly motivated persons to fill one Postdoc. The Postdoc research will address sediementological and sequence stratigraphic analysis of lower Cretaceous units in the onshore offshore High Arctic (Northernmost Atlantic, North East Greenland, Barents Sea and Svalbard).
Planned research will utilize datasets from outcrop studies, and subsurface data from electric logs, seismic, and supplementary compiled data from other sources. The project will focus on source to sink of the Lower Cretaceous in Northernmost Atlantic, North East Greenland, Barents Sea and Svalbard. Key research topics to be addressed include (1) sedimentary architecture of the lower Cretaceous clastic wedges form fluvial to basin floor fan (2) improve basin configuration and drainage pattern (3) construct sequence stratigraphic hierarchy within the basin and across basins 4) establish and onshore offshore link of the strata. The chosen candidates will be involved in research tasks including field work in the wilderness of High Arctic.
Required knowledge and skills
For the positions, the applicant should: (i) have strong problem-solving and communication skills, including excellent English, (ii) be willing to travel and spend periods in the field and at other institutions, (iii) have physical fitness for fieldwork, and (iv) hold a valid driving license. For the Postdoc position (at UNIS) applicants should have a PhD degree or equivalent in sedimentology sequence stratigraphy. Experience with outcrop studies and field camps are a requisite and experience with use of geological work stations are an advantages.
Employment Conditions for the Post Doc position
The employment contract is of 3 years and potentially includes some supervision and teaching duties.
The successful candidate must live in Longyearbyen. He/she is expected to contribute actively to ongoing scientific activities in the department. It is also expected that the Post Doc takes an active part in the advancement of his/her field of research, and he/she must also be willing to contribute to the development of UNIS in a more general sense.
All salaries are set in accordance with the Norwegian government's University salary scale. Post Docs are paid within salary steps 58-65, which currently starts at a gross salary of NOK 464.100.-. As a resident in Svalbard an annual allowance of NOK 29 600.- (Svalbardtillegg) will be added to the salary. A Social Security contribution of 2 per cent, to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, will be deducted from the salary. Income tax on Svalbard is 8 per cent, plus 7.8 per cent toward National Insurance coverage.
Selection and appointment
An expert Committee appointed by the Managing director of UNIS will evaluate the qualifications of the applicants. The Committee will review the applications in detail and summarize their assessments in a written report. This report and the derived recommendations form the basis for interviews, which will be summarized by the expert committee. They report to the Appointment Committee and Director of UNIS, which makes the final appointment.
Application and further information
A more complete description of the project and other inquiries about this position may be directed to or Snorre Olaussen, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or on telephone: +47 79 02 33 49 or Alvar Braathen: Email: email@example.com, or on telephone: +47 79 02 33 19.
You can request to have your application kept from public access cf. the open files act § 25. The request must be explained. UNIS will determine if the application will be kept from public access or not, based on the explanation and the regulations from the open files act. If the application will not be accepted, the candidate will be contacted.
Applicant should submit a signed application backed by documentation such as an extensive CV, scanned copies of diplomas and transcripts, driving license, publications and other relevant work, as well as 2-3 references.
Deadline for applications is May 28th, 2012
Please apply online on www.unis.no - vacant positions