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PhD Research Fellow in Physical Oceanography – FJO2RD Project, UiB, Norway

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University of Bergen invites applications for a PhD Research Fellow the position is offered within the project “FJO2RD: The effect of climate change on the deep water renewal frequency of Norwegian fjords” , Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Physical Oceanography at the Geophysical Institute, Norway – Oct 2021

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General Info

Position: PhD Research Fellow Job
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: , , ,
Deadline to Apply: October 21, 2021(GMT +2)
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 491,200 NOK/Year

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Physical Oceanography at the Geophysical Institute
University of Bergen (UiB)

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Qualification Details

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in physical oceanography, meteorology, physics, applied mathematics or a related field, 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.
  • Good knowledge of ocean physics, mathematics and scientific programming is a requirement
  • Experience from data analysis (observations and / or model output), fjord oceanography, numerical modelling, statistical methods, scientific writing, marine biogeochemistry or oceanographic field work is 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 count when evaluating the candidates.

Special requirements for the position

The candidate is expected to participate in several shorter research cruises to nearby fjords.

While employed at UiB, the candidate is expected to also spend time working at the Institute for Marine Research in Bergen, and to spend one month at University of Concepcion, Chile.

Responsibilities/Job Description

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 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 (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training

As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

The work will focus on two fjords in western Norway (Masfjorden and Lurefjorden) that have different sill depths and therefore are influenced by different coastal water masses.

The candidate will use new and existing observations, oceanic hind cast and regional simulations and atmospheric reanalysis products to investigate e.g. the current state and variability of the conditions in the deep fjord basin (including turbulence levels and mixing), the link to large-scale oceanic and meteorological forcing, and the factors underlying the observed trend in coastal density.

The candidate will work in a newly established multi-disciplinary “fjord-group” within the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, which includes physical and chemical oceanographers, paleo-oceanographers, and marine biologists.

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Documents Required

  • 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. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • 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 (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.

About the Project

The position is offered within the project “FJO2RD: The effect of climate change on the deep water renewal frequency of Norwegian fjords” which is funded by the Norwegian Research council. The project is a collaboration between UiB, the Institute of Marine Research and NORCE and involves colleagues from University of Concepcion, Chile and University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

FJO2RD focuses on the physical factors – variability and trends in the hydrography on the continental shelf, mixing and diffusion within the basin – that determines when and how often the deep-water in a stagnant fjord basin is renewed with oxygen rich coastal water. Data from 6 out of 8 long term hydrographic stations along the Norwegian coast show that the densest water observed at a given depth is getting less dense and more variable. This suggests that the renewal frequency of many Norwegian fjords have decreased during the last 30 years. A lower renewal frequency contributes to decreasing oxygen concentrations and potentially hypoxia, with dire consequences for the ecosystems.

About Department

There are seven departments and several centres at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments.

About the Employer: University of Bergen (UiB)


  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment
  • involvement in a multidisciplinary group within the framework of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
  • enrolment in CHESS (, a research school for PhD-students studying climate
  • salary at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 491 200. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

General information:

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.

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 further details about the position, please contact Ass. Prof. E. Darelius, Geophysical Institute, UiB (

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