PhD Fellow in Arctic Marine Geology

PhD Position
Posted 2 years ago
  • Organization: UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
  • Location: Tromsø, Norway
  • Deadline: 14th November 2021

Position Description (PhD Fellow)

A PhD position in Arctic marine geology is available at the Department of Geosciences (IG), UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

The PhD position is within the project: “Dynamics of polar confined basins – The Eurasia Basin from breakup in greenhouse to present in icehouse conditions (DYPOLE)”. The overall aim of this project is to increase our understanding of the complex interplay between geological processes that have formed the continental margin north of Svalbard/Barents Sea and adjacent areas of the Arctic Ocean. DYPOLE is led by University of Oslo, where UiT The Arctic University of Norway, University of Bergen and NORSAR are scientific partners. The UiT is responsible for Work Package 3: “Greenhouse – Icehouse fluctuations in the Arctic: onset and origin” where this PhD position will have its focus, working in cooperation with the other project partners.

The position is for a period of three years. The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

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

The position’s field of research

The primary focus of Work Package 3 will be to investigate: 1) the role of Arctic ocean basins in triggering climatic changes in the Cenozoic by better constraining the timing and consequences of the opening of the Fram Strait, 2) the initiation and implications of glaciations in this region, and 3) how the expansion and retreat of these ice masses influenced the storage and release of subsurface greenhouse gases (methane) from gas hydrate systems on the continental margin. The scope of the PhD project will be within these objectives.

The methodology for this work is seismic stratigraphic analyses of 2D and 3D seismic data integrated with lithostratigraphy from sediment cores and/or multi-beam bathymetry, some of which are already available at UiT.

The PhD candidate is expected to participate in a cruise planned for autumn 2022 to collect further marine geological and geophysical data. During the project period the candidate can spend up to 6 months at a research institution abroad.


For further information about the position, please contact prof. Jan Sverre Laberg: 


This position requires a Master’s degree in marine geology, marine sedimentology, marine geophysics, glaciology, petroleum geology or similar. Experience in the study of continental margins including seismic stratigraphy, sedimentology, geomorphology, fault geometries, source-to-sink studies and/or paleoenvironmental reconstructions is a requirement. Experience with software for seismic interpretation (Petrel) or other relevant programs is considered advantageous.

The applicants must present a description outlining the academic basis of the PhD project. The project description shall not exceed 2 pages, literature references included. The final project description will be developed in cooperation with the supervisors.

The results shall be presented to the project user partners, at national and international conferences/workshops, as well as published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Therefore, a good communication level in English, both written and oral, is required. A working knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is desirable.

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. For this position, we are looking for a creative candidate with problem solving attitude. The successful candidate should be able to work in a team as well as independently in office as well as in the field.

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant’s potential to complete a research education based on the master’s thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work. The project description will also be considered. In addition, other experience of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.

Applicants must document fluency of in English and be able to work in an international environment. Working knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language is also beneficial.

We will also emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position.

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.

Admission to the PhD programme 

For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Science and Technology  and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.

Admission normally requires:  

  • A bachelor’s degree of 180 ECTS and a master’s degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master’s degree of 300 ECTS. 
  • A master’s thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master’s degree of 120 ECTS. 
  • A master’s thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master’s degree of 300 ECTS. 

In order to gain admission to the programme, the applicant must have a grade point average of C or better for the master’s degree and for relevant subjects of the bachelor’s degree. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found here . 

Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from NOKUT . 

IIf you are employed in the position, you will be provisionally admitted to the PhD programme. Application for final admission must be submitted no later than two months after taking up the position.

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity are a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite at least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

We offer

  • Involvement in an interesting research project 
  • Good career opportunities 
  • A good academic environment with dedicated colleagues  
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement  
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund  
  • More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here:


Your application must include: 

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV
  • Diploma for bachelor’s and master’s degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor’s and master’s degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • References with contact information
  • Master’s thesis, and any other academic works
  • Project description (2 pages)

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are 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 the degree will be obtained. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. We only accept applications and documentation 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 . 

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.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to the Personal Data Act 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.

UiT – Developing the High North

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.


For Latest GIS Jobs: Click Here

Job CategoryGeology, Geophysics

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Ads Blocker Image Powered by Code Help Pro

Ads Blocker Detected!!!

We have detected that you are using extensions to block ads. Please support us by disabling these ads blocker.

Powered By
100% Free SEO Tools - Tool Kits PRO