PhD position in physical geography

PhD Position
Bergen, Norway
Posted 3 years ago
  • Organization: University of Bergen
  • Deadline: 29th October 2021

PhD position (physical geography)

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in physical geography at the Department of Geography. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years, of which 25% will be dedicated to teaching, supervision and administrative tasks at the Department.

The position is linked to the Department of Geography´s focus areas in Physical Geography. We are looking for a candidate with a disciplinary background and interest in either glaciers and climate, sea-level changes, geohazards, caves or ground water/hydrology. With this position the Department wants to strengthen its research and teaching related to these themes in a Norwegian context, but also teaching in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and cartography.

About the project/work tasks:

The successful applicant will be part of the existing Physical Geography research group at the Department working with climate-, landscape- and environmental changes from the last ice age to the present ( Work duties will among other things include teaching in: GIS and cartography, deposits and landforms related to fluvial, glacial and marine processes, as well as climate and meteorology. Knowledge and practical experience in the use of GIS, cartography, and remote sensing from your own master thesis and previous publications will be an advantage. The successful applicant may take part in ordinary teaching, field courses, research and dissemination.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a master’s degree in physical geography, or have an equivalent background. The degree has to be completed by the application deadline.
  • The requirements are generally a grade B or better on the Master thesis and for the Master degree in total.
  • As an applicant, you should be able to work independently, have a considerable work capacity as well as an enthusiasm for research.
  • Can use written and oral Norwegian
  • Can use written and oral English
  • Have experience with teaching

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the Department for an interview.

The teaching language is usually Norwegian, but some of the teaching is given in English.

About the PhD position:

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises obligatory duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a PhD position.

As a PhD research fellow, you will take part in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UiB. The programme corresponds to a period of three years and leads to a PhD degree. To be eligible for admission you must normally have an educational background corresponding to a master’s degree with a scope of 120 ECTS credits, which builds on a bachelor’s degree with a scope of 180 ECTS credits (normally 2 + 3 years), or an integrated master’s degree with a scope of 300 ECTS credits (5 years). Master’s degrees must normally include an independent work of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits. It is expected that the topic of the master’s degree is connected to the academic field to which you are seeking admission.

We can offer:

  • Salary at pay grade 54 upon appointment (Code 1017/Pay range 20) on the government salary scale (equivalent to NOK 491 200 per year). Further promotions are made according to the length of service in the position
  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of them must be the main supervisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis
  • Project proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • A list of academic publications
  • Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master’s thesis or equivalent)
  • If you have a master’s degree from an institution outside of the Nordic countries, or a 2-year discipline-based master’s degree (or the equivalent) in a subject area other than the one associated with the application, you may later in the application process be asked to submit an overview of the syllabus for the degree you have completed

About the project proposal: A research proposal of 5-8 pages must accompany the application. The proposal should present the topic, the research problem(s) and choice of theory and methods. The proposal should also include a progress plan for the different parts of the project. Admittance to the PhD programme will be based on the research proposal. If the project requires fieldwork, laboratory analyses, dating etc., approximate costs must be calculated and presented in a tentative budget.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge following the link on this page marked “Apply for this job”.

Closing date: 29. October, 2021. The application must be marked: 21/13370

Applications submitted without a project description or applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. Only submitted documents will be subjected to an expert assessment.

General information:

Additional information about the position is obtainable by contacting Head of department Peter Andersen

Questions regarding the Physical Geography research group and the project proposal can be directed to Associate Professor Kristian Vasskog

Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to Senior Executive Officer, Pernille Andersen Hole

Appointed research fellows will be admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Questions about the programme may be directed to Adviser-PhD:  [email protected].

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

About The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

There are seven departments and three centres at Faculty of Social Sciences. Read more about the faculty and departments


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