University of Bergen

Department of Biological Sciences

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 within palaeoecology/palaeoclimatology/ecosystem change

There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Department of Biological Sciences within palaeoecology/palaeoclimatology/ecosystem change. The position is part of the research project «Effects and responses to changing environments in the sub-Antarctic» and the research group Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department).

About the project
Only fragmented and small amounts of high-resolution data exists on the past vegetation, climate, and environment on the islands on the southern hemisphere. Through this project more data will be produced by analysing biological proxies from lakes on the islands South Georgia and Kerguelen. Palaeoecological archives will provide data on species and ecosystem response rates linked to climate change similar to what is predicted for the future. Lake sediments covering the Holocene time period is available to the project and some of the research questions to be covered are; how did vegetation, species distributions and biodiversity change during the last 10 000 years, can biological proxy data be used to reconstruct past climate, and can we interpret changes in the westerly winds on the southern hemisphere and the effects of natural climate change on the selected localities.

Work tasks that can be included are:

  • Pollen and plant macrofossil analysis from lake sediments
  • Sediment analysis
  • Analysis of sedimentary DNA
  • 14C dates and constructions of age-depth models
  • Data analysis and presentation of results
  • Reconstruction of past vegetation, climate, and environment
  • Modelling of past vegetation and landscapes 

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in biology, ecology, palaeoecology, palaeoclimatology, physical geography or related fields, 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 palaeoecological field and lab work and/or studies in vegetation ecology, data collection and data analysis is an advantage.
  • Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English

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.

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:

  • An exciting and professionally challenging work 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 at Jobbnorge.

General information
Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Associate Professor Anne E. Bjune, Department of Biological Sciences, e-mail:

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.

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.

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  • Deadline
    Friday, January 4, 2019
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