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 clumped isotope paleoceanography

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 in the department). The position is associated with the project C4T, financed by the European Research Council and UiB. Preferred start date is 1.9.2018.

 

About the project

Clumped isotope thermometry is a novel geochemical tool to reconstruct past temperatures. 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. A possible application within this PhD project is reconstruction of Pliocene-Pleistocene sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic.

 

Work tasks

  • Preparing foraminifera samples for analysis (including picking under a microscope, cleaning, and weighing).
  • Clumped isotope mass spectrometry.
  • Data interpretation in collaboration with climate modelers. 

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. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 31.08.2018. 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 knowledge of clumped isotope thermometry is an advantage.
  • Good knowledge of data processing software is highly valuable.
  • 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 of 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 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. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 436 900. Further promotions are made according to 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 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
  • 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: nele.meckler@uib.no.

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.

Further information about the employment process can be found here.

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About this job

  • Deadline
    Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Employer
    University of Bergen
  • Website
  • Municipality
    Bergen
  • Jobbnorge ID
    152835
  • Internal ID
    18/5342
  • Scope
    Fulltime
  • Duration
    Fixed Term

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  • Applications on this job are registered in an electronic form on jobbnorge.no
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