PhD position in climate dynamics

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Deadline: 17 Oct 2023

PhD position in climate dynamics
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PhD position

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

About the project/work tasks

The overturning circulation in the Nordic Seas and Arctic Ocean involves the transformation of warm Atlantic waters into cold, dense overflows. These overflow waters return to the North Atlantic and form the headwaters to the deep limb of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC). Understanding the changing processes of dense-water formation at the northern extremity of the AMOC is therefore important, as these headwaters to the lower limb of the AMOC affect the variability and potential predictability of the AMOC farther south and may sustain the AMOC even as overturning south of the Greenland-Scotland Ridge weakens in a warming climate.

The appointed PhD candidate will investigate the mechanisms of overturning variability in the Nordic Seas and Arctic Ocean, and especially the relationship between overturning circulation and surface forcing. The project will also assess how overturning changes in the Nordic Seas are manifested in the subpolar North Atlantic. The PhD project will rely on the analysis of available observations and data from ocean models/reanalyses.

The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr. Marius Årthun. The PhD candidate will be connected to the projects “Overturning circulation in the new Arctic (ArMOC)” funded by the Research Council of Norway and “Dynamics of the North Atlantic surface and overturning circulation (DYNASOR)”. 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.

Applications are invited from candidates with experience in, and interest for, ocean circulation, air-sea interaction and climate dynamics, in particular in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans.

Qualifications and personal qualities
  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or the equivalent in climate dynamics, 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.
  • Applicants must have experience in statistical analysis of ocean/climate data (observations or model output).
  • Knowledge of ocean and climate variability and/or ocean circulation and air-sea interaction in the Atlantic-Arctic region is an advantage.
  • Experience in scientific programming (e.g., Matlab, Python) is an advantage.
  • 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.

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

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.

About the PhD position 

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g., teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g., research fellow, research assistant).

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 two 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 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

Your application must include
  • an account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • an account of how the applicant fulfil the requirements for the position and the applicant´s alignment with the listed advantages.
  • 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 that the master's thesis has been submitted.
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission ) 
  • 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.

General information

For further details about the position, please contact Dr. Marius Årthun (

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 3 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 .

Life as a PhD candidate at UiB

Marion Claireaux tells about life and work as a PhD candidate at UiB.


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17th October 2023


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