University of Bergen

Department of Earth Science

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

PhD position in climate dynamics at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Earth Science within climate dynamics. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years including 25 per cent compulsory work at the department.


About the project/work tasks

The successful candidate will be part of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. The research topic will relate to climate dynamics and the interaction between sea ice, ice sheets and ocean circulation in the Arctic region. The PhD project will be designed based on the candidates background.


As part of the research training it is expected that the candidate carries out a 3-12 month research stay abroad.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in physics, mathematics, or earth science (including geology, climate, meteorology, oceanography). Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 01.09.2017. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded. 

  • Experience within fields related to climate dynamics, ice dynamics and climate modelling is an advantage.

  • The candidate must work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.

  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

  • Good command of the Norwegian language is an advantage.

About the PhD position

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises required duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.


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 three 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 50 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 8) in the state salary scale. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)

  • 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 references. One of these can 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

  • A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Applications sent by email to individuals will not be considered.


General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Kerim Hestnes Nisancioglu.


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.

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About this job

  • Deadline
    Thursday, August 10, 2017
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    University of Bergen
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