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PhD Candidate in “Global climate change effect and the associated environmental risk assessment”

Deadline: 21.07.2019

The position

The Department of Technology and Safety, has a PhD position vacant for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). The position is attached to the research group Societal security, Safety, Engineering, Environment and Emergency preparedness (S3E3).

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway 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.

Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

The appointment is for a period of four 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:


The position’s affiliation

The Department of Technology and Safety is organised under the Faculty of Science and Technology. Activities at the department take place in the technology building located at Campus Tromsø. The advertised position has its workplace at Campus Tromsø.

The department has about 70 employees and about 500 students in our various programs. The department offers education in the fields of nautical science, aviation, safety-/societal safety and environment. In addition, the department offers a Master's degree in Technology and Safety. The department is working to establish research training within our fields.

The PhD Candidate will work in close collaboration with the S3E3research group. The S3E3 team is involved in doing research in the fields of societal security, safety and emergencies, environmental risk analysis and management, contamination monitoring, waste management and resource recovery. The group has collaboration with the state-of-the-art environmental monitoring and analysis instruments, such as ICP-AES, ICP-MS, IC, XRD, SEM, XPS etc.


Further information about the position is available by contacting:

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

The polar amplification of global warming is the most widely cited feature of the greenhouse climate change projected for the Arctic. As one of the consequences of global warming, the amount of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has declined sharply each decade since the 1980s. The smelting of the sea ice offers an opportunity for new shipping routes. As a result of the increased shipping activity in the Arctic, the emissions from ship are expected to increase.

The candidate will map the Arctic sea ice melting process under continuous global climate change context and the effect this has on the different Northern sea routes by the middle of this century. The candidate will monitor the pollutant emission (CO2, CH4, NOx, SOx, CO, and various species of particulate matter including organic carbon and black carbon) from the ships, and analyze the associated environmental risk from ship emissions if more Arctic shipping routes are open and the ships going through this region increase.

The following techniques will be used during the implementation of the project:

  • ArcGIS;
  • Remote sensing image interpretation;
  • Environmental quality monitoring;
  • Environmental risk analysis;

It is preferable if the candidate has relevant background or experience in one or more of these areas.


The successful applicant must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD programme, cf. Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. In addition, he/she be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT.

This position requires a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Climate Change, Geography, Geology, or similar. The Master’s degree should be recognized as equivalent to a 2-year Norwegian Master’s degree.

Language skills:

  • Good communication skills in both written and spoken English

The applicant are encouraged to write a one-page project description for the PhD project.

Emphasis will be given to grades in master’s degree, the project description submitted by the candidate, relevant research experience, and personal suitability.


The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on www.jobbnorge.no.

The application must include:

  • Letter of application
  • Proposal for project description (not mandatory, but encouraged)
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • copies of:
    • 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
    • testimonials
  • List of 2-3 references with contact information.
  • List of works and description of these (see below)
    • 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
  • The works (published or unpublished) which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process must be submitted

All documentation that is to be evaluated must be certified and translated into English or a Scandinavian language.

Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

Applications submitted via email will not be evaluated.

Welcome as an applicant!


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. 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
  • Documented language skills/test scores, and
  • Project description if there is

All information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

In addition, candidates with relevant background or experience in the fields described in “The position’s field of research/research project and other duties” are preferred.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.

We offer

The normal period of employment is four years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university, cf. Guidelines for the research fellow’s duties.

The position will especially be assigned teaching duties in Safety and Environment or related study programs.

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. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.

Generell informasjon

We make the appointment in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. The university 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. You may request to not be registered on the public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

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