PhD Fellow in Marine Biogeochemistry

Deadline: 09.12.2020

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus research university and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.

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The Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics (BFE) consists of Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH) and School of Business and Economics. The main task of BFE is to conduct teaching and research dissemination at a high national and international level within all relevant fields. Prioritized research areas are aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, climate, life in the arctic, marine bioprospecting, fish health, seafood products, business and macroeconomics, resources and environment, markets and management of marine resources.The interdisciplinary profile of the faculty provides good opportunity to develop research projects involving several research groups at the faculty according to its strategy.

Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

PhD Fellow in Marine Biogeochemistry: Investigating O2 dynamics and productivity of sea ice ecosystems

The position

A PhD position is vacant in the field of marine biogeochemistry at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics. The position is part of the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) and the research group Arctic Marine System Ecology (AMSE).The position is for a fixed term of four years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching and other duties. The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time.

The objective of the position is to complete 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 fellow shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment.

The position's field of research

This PhD project will combine fieldwork with culture-based experiments to assess the dynamics of nutrient supply and microbial production in sea ice habitats. Using sensor technology that includes O2-based methods of investigation, the applicant will investigate the balance between the processes of respiration and photosynthesis, as well as linkages between algae, bacteria and their physical-chemical environments. Through this work the role of sea ice biological communities in determining sea ice biogeochemical fluxes will be addressed. The anticipated impact of ongoing climate change on these communities will also be investigated by the applicant.


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A Master degree in Biology, Geography, Meteorology, Sea ice, Marine Science or similar is required. Fieldwork experience on sea ice and technical skills working with technical instrumentation (e.g. O2, light, oceanographic sensors) in field or laboratory settings is also needed. A background in data processing and statistical analyses is a benefit. Contribution(s) to peer-reviewed publications is important. Interest in biogeochemistry and willingness to learn methods of microbial production are essential to the position.

Previous experience working as part of a team in field or other settings is beneficial. The student will be expected to work independently in their project while also integrating into the AMSE research team.

The applicant must provide a 1-2-page document in their application that summarizes their scientific interests and motivation for undertaking this PhD program. An example of a PhD project idea should also be included in this document.

The applicant must document fluency in English (written and oral) and should be open to building Norwegian language over the course of their programme.

Selection of an applicant for the position will focus on their research potential, experience with required skills and overall suitability for the position.

The position requires admission to the Faculty’s PhD programme. Information about requirements and the PhD programme is available here: PhD Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics

Applicants with a foreign education will be evaluated on whether the educational background is equivalent to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines. Applicants from some countries will have to document additional higher education in order to fulfil the requirements.


Your application must include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Scientific interests, motivation and PhD project idea (1-2 pages)
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees)
  • Documentation of English language proficiency
  • Contact information to 1-3 references, reference letters

Qualification with a Master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are very near completion of your Master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when you will obtain the degree. You must document completion of your degree before commencement in the position.

The cover letter, CV, and document of scientific interest must be in English, all other documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.

General information

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, 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 Fellow 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.

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: https://uit.no/staffmobility

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. UiT will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.

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