Research fellow in climate dynamics/paleoclimate, Bergen, Norway



The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Research fellow in climate dynamics/paleoclimate

There is a vacancy for a PhD postion at The Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen ( within the field of climate dynamics/paleoclimate. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years. The successful candidate will be part of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research ( and the ice2ice project (Arctic Sea Ice and Greenland Ice Sheet Sensitivity) which is an ERC-synergy project with Uni Research, the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Meteorological Institute as partners.


About the project/work tasks

The focus of ice2ice is to investigate the cause and future implications of past abrupt changes in Arctic sea ice and climate on the Greenland ice sheet. The candidate will work within the field of climate dynamics/paleoclimate. The research fellow will work on proxy based reconstructions and chronology of oceanographic parameters adjacent to Greenland based on geochemistry and microfossils.


As part of the PhD program the candidate is expected to conduct a research stay at the ice2ice partner institution in Copenhagen ( ) or at one of the other collaborating institutions in the project.


Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The applicant must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in physics, mathematics, earth science (including geology, climate, meteorology, oceanography) or similar relevant fields, 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.
  • Should have a suitable background in paleoclimatology, preferably based on sediment records
  • The ability to work independently as well as in interdisciplinary research groups.
  • Must be highly motivated


About the research training

As a PhD Candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.


A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position.



We can offer

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment
  • salary at pay grade 50 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 8) in the state salary scale. Further promotions are made according to qualifications and length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)
  • good welfare benefits


Your application must include

  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • the names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must 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, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • relevant certificates/references.
  • 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 in Jobbnorge.


General information

For further information about the position please contact Professor Eystein Jansen, phone +47 55 58 34 91 / e-mail


The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.


State employment 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. We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.


The University of Bergen applies the principles of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.


Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not complied with.



Closing date for applications: 4 March 2016