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.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within evolutionary history and connectivity of fauna associated with deep-sea hydrothermal vents

At the Department of Earth Science there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position within evolutionary history and connectivity of fauna associated with hydrothermal vents and other chemosyntheis-based ecosystems (CBEs) in the Nordic Seas and the Arctic. The position is for a fixed term of 4 years and is associated with the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep-Sea Research.


About the project/work tasks


The K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep-Sea Research is integrating a multidisciplinary research team of geologists, geochemists, microbiologists, molecular biologists and marine biologists. The team carries out frontier research on the deep sea, on geobiological interactions and questions related to the roots of life. This approach has resulted in important discoveries and major advances in the field. The research at the Centre is organized around seven work packages (WPs) that together form an initiative to develop knowledge on the deep sea, on deep sea resources and on the environmental impacts of industrial activity on the ocean floor. The successful candidate will be linked to WP7 – “Deep-Sea ecosystems and environments”. This work package explores the organisms and deep-water ecosystems found along mid-ocean ridges and continental slopes in the northernmost Atlantic and Arctic, with a main focus on poorly known ecosystems and nature types inhabiting these areas (hydrothermal systems, cold seeps, organic falls, sponge grounds and soft-coral gardens).


Investigating the evolutionary history, speciation processes, biogeography and genetic connectivity of (and between) chemosynthetic systems in the NE Atlantic/Arctic is a core theme for our work, and will be the overarching research focus for the post doc.


The activities will entail:

  • data collection and sampling design/field work
  • laboratory work (mainly DNA-work)
  • phylogenetic- and population-level genetic analyses of CBE invertebrate fauna
  • assist the team in biodiversity surveys of CBEs
  • training and co-supervision of MSc and PhD-level students
  • take active part in multidisciplinary teaching activities and seminar series within the field of the centre
  • be responsible for integrating work package seven with the other work packages
  • publication of results in scientific journals 

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within marine biology, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Experience from work on North Atlantic/Arctic invertebrate fauna associated with hydrothermal vents and other CBEs, including cruise experience, is a requirement.

  • Documented experience and understanding of evolutionary history processes and connectivity/population genetics of these CBE faunas is a requirement.

  • Good skills in analyses of genetic data is required.

  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.

  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.

  • Applicants must have good command of the Norwegian language.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.


About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The postdoctoral position is a fixed term position with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. Teaching and other duties will constitute 25 per cent of the position. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.


Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a progress plan.


It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.


We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment

  • Salary at pay grade 59 (code 1352 / pay range 24, alternative 3) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 508 800,- (the salary in the public sector is currently being reviewed). Further promotions are made according to length of service.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IW)

  • 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 from the PhD programme.

  • CV

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

  • Relevant certificates/references

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

  • Publications (as applicable) 

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:

Professor Hans Tore Rapp, Department of Biological Sciences and K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep-Sea Research, University of Bergen,, tel. +47 91367187 or +47 55584413.


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. 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.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.

Apply for this job

About this job

  • Deadline
    Monday, July 2, 2018
  • Employer
    University of Bergen
  • Website
  • Municipality
  • Jobbnorge ID
  • Internal ID
  • Scope
  • Duration
    Fixed Term

About applications

  • Applications on this job are registered in an electronic form on
  • You must complete: Academic CV
  • Please refer to where you first saw this job advertised!

See more

Find more jobs