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PhD Position – Quarternary Geology and Paleoclimate Group, UiB, Norway, Feb 2022

Norway, University of Bergen (UiB)

University of Bergen (UiB) invites applications for a Ph.D. fellowship in the Quaternary geology and Paleoclimate group at the Department of Earth Science (GEO), Norway – Feb 2022

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General Info

Position: PhD Position
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491,200 NOK/Year

Quaternary geology and Paleoclimate group
Department of Earth Science (GEO)
University of Bergen (UiB)
Bergen, Norway

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Qualification Details

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a MSc degree in Earth Science, Physical Geography, or environmental sciences with a focus on Quaternary change, or have submitted their MSc thesis in one of these topics for assessment before the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the degree is awarded.
  • Affinity with paleoclimate research on Holocene high-latitude sediment archives is considered highly advantageous.
  • Demonstrated experience with generating paleoenvironmental data - notably using relevant lake sediment proxy approaches like the extraction and analysis of lipid biomarkers (especially δD and U K 37 (alkenones)), but also XRF core scanning and tephra analysis – is required.
  • Experience with commonly used statistical, geomatics and visualization software like Excel, Stata, ArcGIS, Illustrator, Grapher or R are required.
  • Programming skills are considered an advantage.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English, able to work independently and in a structured way, and capable to communicate and cooperate within a larger group. We seek an ambitious team player.
  • The applicants must be willing to work in an international group, can partake in Arctic field expeditions, and will spend month-long research stays at collaborating institutes.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions, potential and team spirit will count when evaluating the candidates.

Responsibilities/Job Description

There is a vacancy for a PhD fellowship in the Quaternary geology and Paleoclimate group at the Department of Earth Science (GEO) of the University of Bergen (UiB). 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 funded by the Starting Grant program of the Trond Mohn Foundation as part of the PASTFACT project.

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 (for example teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over 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 by the head of department upon appointment. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (for example as a research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training

As a PhD candidate at the department of Earth Science of the University of Bergen, you enroll in a 30 ECTS educational program 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 two months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD program at the University of Bergen.

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Documents Required

Your application must include:

  • A max. 2-page account of the applicant's research interests, motivation for applying for this post, description of how the applicant`s background matches the position, and a vision for the project
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the MSc thesis (or equivalent)
  • A max. 4-page Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of BSc and MSc degrees, or official confirmation that the MSc thesis has been submitted
  • Any (co)-authored publications including a copy of your MSc thesis
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  •  a list of any works of a scientific nature (a publication list)

any other publications in your name The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at

About the Project

PASTFACT investigates the highly uncertain and counteracting impacts of on-going warming and wetting on glaciers and ice caps in the Arctic. Using lake sediment archives from strategically located field sites in Svalbard and possibly Greenland, the project aims to reconstruct paleoclimate conditions from the Early Holocene – a time interval when the Arctic was likely warmer than today. To do so, PASTFACT will use a set of emerging sedimentological and geochemical methods including hydrogen isotopes in sedimentary leaf waxes to assess the seasonality and temperature sensitivity of hydrological intensification under warmer-than-present conditions to determine whether increases in snowfall may counter-balance melt-driven ice melt.

Work tasks:

The advertised PhD will investigate Arctic temperature and precipitation change during the Early Holocene to better understand how much wetter and warmer the region may become in the future. To this end, the candidate will be using lacustrine sedimentary leaf wax isotopes (δD) and alkenones (U K 37) in combination with a range sedimentological proxies in the labs of collaborators and the host institute`s FARLAB and EARTHLAB facilities. Other possible directions for the project (depending on the candidate’s interests and skills) include proxy system modelling. The successful candidate will collaborate and be co-supervised by local and international partners from leading international institutes like the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and GFZ Potsdam. Also, at host GEO, you will be affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, and the national CHESS research school on changing climates.

About the Employer: University of Bergen (UiB)


  • An international research environment
  • Cutting-edge analytical facilities
  • Salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale (a gross annual salary of NOK 491 200 ). Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

General information

Employment is subject to approval with respect to the Norwegian export control legislation.

The public labor force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society, and age or gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. We particularly encourage candidates from underrepresented minorities.

  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.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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Contact details

For more details or questions about the position, please contact Dr. Willem G.M. van der Bilt, University of Bergen -

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