University of Bergen

Geophysical Institute

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.

Postdoctoral Fellow position at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow in oceanography at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years, and is associated with the externally funded EU project INTAROS “Integrated Arctic observation system”.


About the project and the work tasks

The overall objective of INTAROS is to develop an integrated Arctic Observation System by extending, improving and unifying existing systems in the different regions of the Arctic. INTAROS is an ambitious EU project undertaken by institutions in Europe, North America and Asia running until 2021. INTAROS has a strong multidisciplinary focus, with tools for integrating data from the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and terrestrial sciences. Further details about the project here:


An integrated Arctic Observation System will enable better-informed decisions and better-documented processes within key sectors like shipping, tourism and fisheries. This will strengthen the societal and economic role of the Arctic region and support the EU strategy for the Arctic and related maritime and environmental policies.


The Geophysical Institute’s contribution in INTAROS requires personnel that both knows how to design a comprehensive monitoring scheme for the Arctic Ocean, are able to deploy and recover instruments, and analyse observations of ongoing changes in the ocean and sea ice domains. Geophysical Institute's main responsibility will be to set up a mooring system that can measure changes in sea ice formation, mixing below the ice, impacts for ocean physics and biogeochemistry, and how these interact. The mooring, properly equipped with novel technology, will stay in the ocean north of Svalbard for one year and provide a prototype and conceptual approach for how to monitor the ocean at high latitudes. If successful, this prototype will contribute to the plans included in the road map for future Arctic Ocean research. Within INTAROS, cooperation with another Post Doc at the GFI in atmospheric science is possible and encouraged.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in physical or/and chemical oceanography or a related field, or have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment, prior to the application deadline. It is a condition for employment that the PhD has been awarded.

  • Proven experience in coordination, working in an Arctic environment, handling large datasets, and successful publications of such are clear advantages.

  • Experience with reporting for national or EU projects is an advantage.

  • The applicant must have ability to work independently and willingness to cooperate with others

  • The applicant must also have proven skills and interest in scientific writing and good oral presentation skills in English.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 3 years. There are no teaching duties, but participation in dissemination of results is expected. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.


After appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a work schedule. The completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work will take place in consultation with the project manager. It is a requirement that the project is completed within the period of employment.


We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging and international working environment.

  • Salary at pay grade 57 (Code 1352/Pay range 24, alternative 1) in the state salary scale. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority.

  • 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 (1 page) statement of your research interests and how they pertain to the advertised position

  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.

  • CV including list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)

  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.

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 Professors Truls Johannessen, Lars H. Smedsrud or Are Olsen.


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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  • Deadline
    Sunday, January 21, 2018
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