UiT Norges arktiske universitet - PhD Candidate in Marine geology at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Geosciences

Fakultet for naturvitenskap og teknologi - Institutt for geovitenskap

PhD Candidate in Marine geology at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Geosciences

Deadline 18.08.2017

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 Centre of Excellence CAGE “Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate” at the Department of Geosciences.

The appointment is for a period of three 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 is available by contacting:

The position’s affiliation

The PhD position is connected to the Norwegian Research Council Centre of Excellence "CAGE - Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate, and Environment" at the Department of Geosciences.

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

The research field is paleoceanography (emphasis geochemistry and micropaleontology (benthic foraminifera)), included in CAGE work package 6 (WP6: Pleistocene to Present: Methane Release, Ocean Acidification and CO2).

Desired research area

Determination of bottom water temperature changes in relation to changes in release of methane from the ocean floor and relation to climate changes. The proposed project will be based on application of several proxies for paleotemperature (e.g., elemental ratios (Mg/Ca, B/Ca and Mg/Li-) and isotopic ratios (clumped isotopes; oxygen isotopes) measured in shells of benthic foraminifera. The study will benefit from the advances in micro-analytical techniques (e.g., the laser-ablation facility, which can be coupled with ICP- mass spectrometers) that are capable of measuring high-resolution and high-precision trace element ratios and isotopic composition, permitting single foraminifer measurements. The project will be based on sediment cores from seep and non-seep sites at transects from shelf to slope over the western and northern Svalbard margin. Selected records will also be investigated for the distribution of benthic foraminiferal species. The PhD fellow will cooperate with several on-going projects within and among working groups in CAGE involving the fields of geochemistry, biology, geology, and Arctic and global climate change. Modern geochemical ratios in surface sediment samples will be included in the study for calibrations.

Qualification requirements

The successful applicant must document knowledge in geochemistry, micropaleontology, and/or paleoceanography at master’s level and show an interest in learning to handle benthic foraminifera. The successful applicant 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 should be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT.

The position requires a Master’s degree in marine geology/biology or relevant field. Experience with climate research concerning geochemistry (stable isotopes and trace elements) and/or microfossils (preferably foraminifera) are considered a great advantage. Experience with paleoceanography/oceanography is an advantage, but not a requirement.

The applicant must present a description outlining the academic basis of the PhD project.

Emphasis shall also be attached to personal suitability.

Working conditions

The normal period of employment is three years.

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 (or code 1378) (or both codes depending on qualifications). 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 addresses of three references
  • 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 applicant must present a description outlining the academic basis of the PhD project.

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.



Apply for position

Søknadsfrist: 18.08.2017
Web: www.uit.no

Kontakt: Prof. Dr. Tine L. Rasmussen
Telefon: +47 77644408
E-post: tine.rasmussen@uit.no

Kontakt 2: Post Doc Mohamed Ezat
Telefon: +47 77649246
E-post: mohamed.ezat@uit.no