UiT Norges arktiske universitet

Fakultet for naturvitenskap og teknologi - Institutt for geovitenskap

PhD Candidate in Precambrian Tectonics/Geochemistry/Ore Geology

UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a PhD position vacant for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD).


The position is attached to the Department of Geosciences.


The appointment is for a period of four years.


The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address: NT-Faculty.


Further information about the position and the research project is available by contacting:

-          Professor Steffen G. Bergh, steffen.bergh@uit.no, +47 77644464

-          Head of department Matthias Forwick, matthias.forwick@uit.no, +47 77644453


The position’s affiliation

The position is affiliated with the research group in the Solid Earth Research Group at the Department of Geosciences.


The position’s field of research/research project and other duties

The research project covers multidisciplinary fields of Precambrian tectonics, geochemistry, geochronology and ore geology. The main goal of the project is to provide better knowledge of the formation of Precambrian basement rocks and ore and mineral resources in Western Troms and Finnmark, northern Norway, and their potential correlation with the Fennoscandian (Kola, Finland, Sweden) and Laurentian basins, tested in light of geodynamic models. A favored research approach will be to compare Paleoproterozoic (2.4-2.0 Ga) clastic sedimentary and carbonate rocks, mafic volcanic rocks, and associated mineral resources from different tectonic settings in northern Norway. Preferable correlation methods may include: 1) tectonic-structural, chemostratigraphical and sedimentary (facies, provenance) studies of clastic sedimentary and volcanic rocks, 2) C-isotope geochemical signatures of carbonate rocks, 3) geochemistry of mafic volcanic rocks and 4) presence of Cu- and Mn-bearing ore deposits. The project represents a novel approach that combines field and laboratory studies of Precambrian volcano-sedimentary sequences and associated ore deposits in continental areas that have undergone deformation, fluid-flow, petrological remobilization and ore enrichment. 


The project includes extensive fieldwork in northern Norway and laboratory work in Norway and abroad. The research fellow should also sample and analyze clastic sedimentary rocks, carbonates, mafic volcanic rocks and mineralized rocks for further analysis by using a wide spectrum of analytical methods (XRD, SEM/EBSD, SEM/EDS+WDS, LA-ICP-MS), and radiometric dating (zircons, baddeleyite).


The successful candidate will dedicate 25% of her/his working time to duty work for the department. This may include teaching (e.g. supervision and evaluation of student exercises) at various levels.


Qualification requirements

Applicants must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD program cf. Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. In addition, he/she must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT. The successful candidate must have a Master degree or equivalent in hard rock geology with a strong background in tectonics, geochemistry, geochronology and/or petrology, and must have documented field and laboratory work experience associated with his/her master project.


The research work will be performed in collaboration with national and international partners with a long-term expertize in studies of Precambrian continental shield areas and with access to necessary analytical equipment to achieve the geochemical and dating objectives. Progress and results are expected to be presented at international conferences/workshops, as well as published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Therefore, a good command in English, both written and oral is required. Applicants not able to communicate in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language are required to learn Norwegian within a reasonable amount of time.


The project involves extensive fieldwork in northern Norway. It is expected that the successful candidate is able and willing to participate in physically demanding field and teaching campaigns of up to several weeks each year.


Willingness to do longer visits to international and national partner institutions is expected. The project is carried out in collaboration with researchers in the US, Russia, and Canada, and the successful candidate must be able and willing to spend significant amounts of time for lab analyses, data analysis, and scientific collaboration, including comparable field work abroad. The Faculty of Science and Technology encourages and supports stays abroad for PhD students. Experience with teaching, scientific publication, conference presentations, and grant applications will be regarded as positive.


Emphasis shall also be attached to personal suitability. We value positive attitude, flexibility, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Working conditions

The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university, cf. Guidelines for the research fellow’s duties.


A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the research fellow has already completed parts of his/her research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position (PhD Candidate, research assistant, or the like) in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.


Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.



The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:

  • Letter of application
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • Names and full contact information of three referees
  • Diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent
  • Diploma supplement for completed degrees
  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • List of works and description of these (see below)


The list of works shall contain the following information:

  • author(s), the work’s title
  • for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
  • for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages


An expert committee will assess the applicants. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • Master’s thesis or equivalent
  • any other academic works
  • professional references


In addition, the committee will consider work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experience from popularization and other types of dissemination. Information and material must be submitted by the stipulated deadline to be considered during the assessment.


The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.


Information for applicants for positions at UiT, supplementary regulations for appointment to PhD and regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of PhD is found at the university’s website.



Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. as well as questions about the PhD programme may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.


UiT The Arctic University of Norway is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.


Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication. 

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