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PhD fellow in palaeo-glaciology and marine geology

Deadline: 04.10.2020

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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Faculty of Science and Technology

The position

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 affiliated to the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrates, Environment and Climate (CAGE), hosted by the Department of Geosciences, UiT. The primary research focus of CAGE is to investigate the environmental and climatic impacts of Arctic gas hydrates. This PhD position is connected to work package 2 of CAGE "The role of ice ages" which studies the role of ice sheets in long-term carbon storage and release.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time, within 6 months after receiving the offer.

The appointment is for a period of 4 years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % of each year, and will consist of teaching or other duties for the department. This may include teaching (e.g. supervision and evaluation of student exercises) at various levels, as well as performance of other duties relevant for the department. UiT The Arctic University of Norway funds the position.

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.

The project/ The position's field of research

Quaternary Arctic ice sheets covered vast geological carbon reservoirs, and the aim of this PhD project is to investigate how past periods of retreat and advance of these ice sheets influenced carbon storage and release, and the key factors that have driven the timing and magnitude of this. The primary focus will be on the northeast Greenland continental margin where post-Last Glacial Maximum retreat has revealed a broad continental shelf and potential post-glacial fluid flow and gas seepage.

The successful candidate will use various marine geophysical/geological datasets to reconstruct Late Quaternary ice sheet change on the northeast Greenland continental shelf, and how this has interacted with deeper geological carbon reservoirs. Study of the adjacent Svalbard-Barents Sea margin may also be included if time/data permits.

The primary datasets to be used in this project are 2D seismic, and other marine geological and geophysical datasets depending on the interest/expertise of the candidate (for example multibeam swath bathymetry, sediment cores).

It is expected that the appointed candidate participates in different activities related to the project, including: geoscientific expeditions (on board R/V Helmer Hanssen and/or R/V Kronprins Haakon) to collect cross-disciplinary data; workshops with team members and external collaborators; seminar series at the department and the University; and presentation of results in national and international conferences. A research stay at The Geological Survey of Denmark is planned during the first year of the project.

Affiliation and collaboration

The work place will be the Department of Geosciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. The appointed PhD candidate will benefit from cooperation with cross-disciplinary groups within CAGE, as well as with other groups at the Department of Geosciences. In addition, the project will benefit from established collaborations with the Geological Survey of Denmark (GEUS), the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), and Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research (VBPR).


Further information about the position is available by contacting:

We offer

  • A cross-disciplinary, supportive and stimulating working environment with a dynamic group of PhD candidates and early career researchers.
  • UiT has good welfare arrangements for employees including beneficial arrangements for pension and insurances.
  • National and international mobility to work closely with the project partners and to present the work in conferences/workshops.
  • Opportunities to join Arctic research cruises.
  • A unique hometown Tromsø combining a multicultural urban scene with nearby Arctic wilderness.

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: Welcome to UiT!


The successful candidate will have an MSc in Quaternary Science, geology, geophysics, glaciology, or similar. Experience with the reconstruction of glacial environments and the interpretation of marine geological/geophysical datasets from glaciated continental margins is a clear advantage, as is familiarity with software such as Petrel and ArcGIS.

The results will be presented at national and international conferences/workshops, as well as published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The candidate must have a documented good command of English (both written and oral). Applicants not being able to communicate in Norwegian will be encouraged to learn the language within a reasonable time.

The assessment will emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position. You must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of your discipline and the university as a whole. During this assessment process, emphasis will be put on your potential for research as shown by the Master’s thesis, the project description and any other academic works. In addition, we may consider work experience, teaching qualifications or other activities of significance for the PhD studies.

The position requires admission to the Faculty's PhD programme. Information about requirements is available here.


The application must be submitted electronically via www.jobbnorge.no and shall include:

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diplomas, diploma supplements and transcripts (all degrees)
  • Documentation on English proficiency. This website states how English profiency shall be documented.
  • Contact information to 1-3 references
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works
  • Project description outlining your academic basis and interests and how these will contribute to the PhD project (max. 1 A4 page)

The documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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.

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 abilitWe 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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