PhD Research Fellow in physical oceanography

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 17 Oct 2023 - 23:59 (Europe/Berlin)

6 Sep 2023
Job Information

Geophysical Institute

Geophysical Institute
Research Field

Physics » Metrology
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

17 Oct 2023 - 23:59 (Europe/Berlin)
Type of Contract

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Offer Description

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in physical oceanography at the Geophysical Institute , University of Bergen. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4 th year with compulsory other work (e.g., teaching duties at the department). The position is also associated with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research .

The PhD project will focus on water mass transformation near the marginal ice zone in the Nordic Seas, with particular focus on the East Greenland Current. Recent sea-ice loss has rendered the East Greenland Current increasingly ice-free in winter, resulting in substantial heat loss from the ocean to the atmosphere. We hypothesize that dense-water formation in this region will be of increasing importance for the overturning in the Nordic Seas and may even impart resilience to the Atlantic Ocean’s overturning circulation in a warming climate.

The PhD candidate will focus on the conditions conducive for water mass transformation in or near the East Greenland Current, identify when and where these are met, and place the present state of water mass transformation in the East Greenland Current into historical and future contexts. These objectives will be achieved primarily through analysis of available and new observations as well as idealized numerical simulations. The observations include moored and shipboard measurements of velocity and hydrography as well as hydrographic profiles from autonomous gliders and floats. The processes of interest include open-ocean convection, boundary current dynamics, air-sea-ice interactions, and oceanic response to atmospheric forcing.

The candidate is expected to take part in research cruises to the Iceland and Greenland Seas of 3–4-week duration in summers 2024 and 2026 and winter 2025. The candidate will also spend approximately 6 months visiting international collaborators at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the USA and/or the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany.

We seek a motivated and highly qualified PhD candidate to join our team. The position is funded by the project ROVER (Resilient northern overturning in a warming climate, financed under ERC-Consolidator Grant, ). As a PhD-candidate at the Geophysical Institute at University of Bergen, you will also be affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR). BCCR is the largest climate research centre in the Nordic countries and among the leading centres in Europe. The working environment is highly international with around 200 scientists from 37 countries.

Research Field
Physics » Metrology
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Research Field
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Qualifications and personal qualities
  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in physical oceanography, meteorology, climate dynamics, physics, applied mathematics, or related and relevant fields. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 15.12.2023. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • A deep understanding of oceanic physical processes at high latitudes as well as good skills in mathematics and scientific programming (ideally Matlab or Python) are required.
  • Experience in data processing and analysis, oceanographic field work, and idealized numerical modelling are substantial advantages.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
  • Communication skills in a Scandinavian language is an advantage.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

Specific Requirements

Special requirements for the position

The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.


Additional Information
We can offer
  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment
  • salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 532 200 (equivalent to pay grade 54). Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

Eligibility criteria
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 referees. One of these should 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. If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming the expected date of award of your master's degree. Your master's degree must be documented with transcripts and/or diploma, alternatively a confirmation from your institution on completed degree and your grade, by 15.12.2023.
  • the abstract of the applicant’s MSc thesis
  • relevant certificates/references
  •  approved documentation of proficiency in English
  • 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 at Jobbnorge.

Selection process
General information

For further details about the position, please contact Professor Kjetil Våge ( ).

For HR related questions contact Maria Svåsand ( ).

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.

For further information about the recruitment process, click here .

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Geophysical Institute
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Allegaten 70

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