PhD Research Fellow in paleoceanography / physical oceanography

University of Bergen


September 23, 2021


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PhD position

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in physical paleoceanography / physical oceanography at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years. The position is offered within the project “FJO2RD: The effect of climate change on the deep-water renewal frequency of Norwegian fjords” which is funded by the Norwegian Research council.

About the project/work tasks:

The main objective of the project is to explore if, how and why the renewal frequency of Norwegian fjords has changed as a result of physical climate change and to determine its link to the deoxygenation of Norwegian fjords and the potential anthropogenic contribution.FJO2RD is an interdisciplinary project, involving experts on physical and chemical oceanography, regional modelling and paleoceanography.

The primary tasks for the successful candidate will be to establish a historical baseline for ongoing changes in the fjord environment by reconstructing the oxygenation history and freshwater influence of two Norwegian fjords over the last ca. 400 years, and to link the reconstructed variability to physical forcing and ocean dynamics. The approach includes the use of benthic foraminifera assemblage analysis and geochemical analysis (Mn/Ca, Ba/Ca, Mg/Ca, carbon and oxygen isotopes). A research stay at the University of Gothenburg (6 months) is planned for the candidate.

Qualifications and personal qualities:
  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in paleoceanography, physical oceanography, paleoclimatology, marine geochemistry, marine sciences or related fields, 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.
  • Experience working with identification of benthic foraminifera and/or geochemical analysis and/or relevant ocean dynamics is a requirement.
  • Experience working with application of foraminifera-based proxies in low oxygen environments, fjord oceanography or multi proxy or cross disciplinary approaches is an advantage.
  • Knowledge of climate dynamics, statistics, mathematics, or scientific programming 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.

    Special requirements for the position

    The candidate must be prepared to spend 6 months at University of Gothenburg to acquire the skills and experience necessary to complete the project.

    It is desirable that the candidate starts the position in the period 01.12.2021 and 01.01.2022, so that (s)he can participate at the cruise where the material to be worked on will be collected.

    About the PhD position:

    The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years. 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 Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. 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 stimulating working environment
  • involvement in a multidisciplinary (physical and chemical oceanography, marine biology and paleoceanography) group within the frame work of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
  • enrolment in CHESS (https: //, a research school for PhD- students studying climate
  • 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 491 200. 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. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming 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 Research Prof. B. Risebrobakken, NORCE ( or Ass. Prof. E. Darelius, Geophysical Institute, UiB (

    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.

    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.

    For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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    About The University of Bergen

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    23rd September 2021


    University of Bergen




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