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PhD position in clumped isotope paleoceanography

PhD position

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in clumped isotope paleoceanography 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 at the Department). Preferred start date is March 1, 2020.

About the project/work tasks:

About the project

Clumped isotope thermometry is a novel geochemical tool to reconstruct past temperatures. It has the unique advantage that it the temperature estimates are independent of the composition of seawater and are not affected by biological effects. Therefore the clumped isotope method allows new insights into past climates through the Cenozoic and beyond, where other methods become more uncertain. In our group, we are applying this technique to marine microfossils (foraminifera), with the aim to reconstruct ocean temperature changes in various time intervals across the Cenozoic characterized by greenhouse climate and/or major climate transitions.

Our group is part of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and PhD students typically enroll in the Norwegian graduate research school CHESS, offering career development courses and many networking opportunities.

Work tasks

  • Preparing foraminifera samples for analysis (including wet-sieving sediment samples, picking foraminifera under a microscope, cleaning, and weighing)
  • Clumped isotope mass spectrometry and data processing
  • Contribution to day-to-day maintenance in the clumped isotope laboratory, which is done by the group with help of engineers and technicians
  • Data interpretation in collaboration with climate modelers. This component could be made a major part of the work, depending on interest of the candidate.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in Earth Science or a related discipline, 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.
  • Hands-on experience in geochemistry, preferably stable isotope geochemistry is a strong advantage
  • Prior experience with climate modelling or data-model integration is an advantage
  • Good knowledge of data processing software is an advantage
  • 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.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

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 must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within two 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 and motivation for applying for the position
  • the names and contact information for two referees. 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 (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:

For further details about the position, please contact Dr. Nele Meckler, Department of Earth Science, Tel.: +47 55 583530, email

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a 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.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

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posted: 14 January 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.