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 controls on igneous architecture in sedimentary basins

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in sedimentary and igneous geology on igneous architecture 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 at the Department). The position is fully financed by the University of Bergen.


About the project/work tasks

Project title: Controls on the development of mafic intrusions in sedimentary basins


Mafic sill complexes represent solidified subsurface plumbing systems to past mafic volcanoes. Many sill-complexes occur within sedimentary basins, and may have important effect on basin evolution.The role that sedimentary host-rock properties plays in controlling the development of volcanic plumbing systems has until now received little scientific attention, but recent work has shown that the type of host-rock place important controls on igneous architecture. Understanding controls on how volcanic plumbing systems develop is important in order to predict volcanic hazards, and to utilize resources such as geothermal energy and hydrocarbons in volcanic basins.


The goal of this project is to understand how different lithologies (mudstone, sandstone, carbonate), tectonic structures and cementation states influence the architecture of intrusions. The candidate will do this by acquiring field data (including samples, sedimentological logs, and virtual outcrop models acquired by drones) from a range of relevant examples (e.g. Skye, UK and Utah, USA), by using already acquired field data from East Greenland, and investigate the acquired datasets with regards to differences in igneous architecture and host-rock properties. The candidate will also investigate relevant subsurface examples of igneous intrusions such as along the Norwegian Margin using seismic and well data.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in geology 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 from either geological field work in sedimentary rocks or seismic interpretation from sedimentary basins is a requirement, and experience from both is an advantage.
  • Specialization in sedimentology, igneous geology, tectonostratigraphy or petroleum geology is a strong advantage. Experience with outcrop-based sedimentology or igneous intrusions is also 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 be prioritized when evaluating the candidates.


Special requirements for the position: Driver’s licence.


About the PhD position

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for 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.


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 51 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 9) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 449 400,-. 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 to Jobbnorge.


General information

For further details about the position, please contact Associate Professor Christian Haug Eide, Department of Earth Science, +47 55 58 32 34, email:

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    Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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