There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Geophysical Institute and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research within physical oceanography/climate dynamics. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years and is connected to the project PATHWAY – Pathways, processes, and impacts of poleward ocean heat transport, funded by the Research Council of Norway.
About the project/work tasks
The objective of PATHWAY is to understand the transport of ocean heat with the Gulf Stream’s extension toward the Arctic, the interaction with the atmosphere above, and eventual influence on continental climate variability. PATHWAY has a particular focus on ocean heat transport through the Nordic Seas and what can be resolved from the instrumental record to elucidate the relative roles of advection, lateral mixing and atmospheric fluxes for the ocean heat budget. PATHWAY will also assess to what extent and by which mechanisms ocean temperature fluctuations are communicated between the subpolar North Atlantic and Nordic Seas-Arctic.
We search for candidates with experience in and interest for ocean circulation, air-sea interaction and climate dynamics, in particular in the Arctic and Subarctic oceans. The successful candidate will be part of an international team, involving scientist from Norway, UK, Germany, and USA.
Qualifications and personal qualities:
- The applicant must hold a master’s degree or the equivalent in physical oceanography, meteorology, physics, applied mathematics or related 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.
- Good knowledge of ocean and climate dynamics, and good skills in the statistical analysis of observations or model-based observations is required.
- Experience in scientific programming (e.g., Matlab, Python, Fortran) is an advantage.
- You should be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
- You should be proficient in both written and oral English.
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. 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. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.
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 your research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
- The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these should be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.
- 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).
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Applications sent by email to individuals will not be considered.
Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting project leader Marius Årthun, Geophysical Institute.
The state labour force 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.
The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.
The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.