The Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen ( has a vacancy for a research fellow in the field of climate dynamics/ice modelling for a period of 3 years. The successful candidate will participate in the project EISCLIM (Eurasian Ice Sheet and Climate Interactions) which focuses on reconstructing and modelling the growth and decay of the Eurasian ice sheet during the last glacial-interglacial cycle (115.000-10.000 years before present). Applicants must have achieved a master’s degree or equivalent in physics, mathematics, earth science (including geology, climate, meteorology, oceanography) or similar fields relevant to the PhD topic, or have submitted their master thesis for assessment by the application deadline. It is a prerequisite, however, that the formal admission requirements for the PhD programme are met before appointment can be made.


We seek a highly motivated candidate with the ability to work independently as well as in interdisciplinary research groups. The candidate will work within the fields of climate dynamics/paleoclimate, involving ice modelling and glacial reconstructions. He or she is expected to contribute to the development of a dynamic model of the ice cap which covered large parts of Scandinavia and Eurasia during the last glacial period; to study changes in the ice cap as a response to changing insolation forcing; and to investigate the possible interplay with the large ice caps on the North American continent. Candidates must have a suitable background in earth science and should preferably have practical experience in climate dynamics and modelling (preferably ice modelling). The research fellow must take part in the University's approved PhD programme leading to the degree within a time limit of 3 years. Application for admission to the PhD programme, including a project plan outline for the training module, will be worked out in collaboration with the supervisory committee. The fellowship period may be reduced if the successful applicant has held previous employment as research fellow or similar. The teaching language will normally be Norwegian. However, applicants with documented excellent knowledge of English are also eligible, regardless of knowledge of Norwegian.

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Starting salary on grade 50 (code 1017/pay framework 20.8) in the Civil Service pay grade table; currently NOK 421,100 gross p.a.; following ordinary meriting regulations. For further information about the position please contact Associate Professor Kerim Hestnes Nisancioglu, phone +47 55 58 98 66 / e-mail or Professor John-Inge Svendsen, phone +47 55 58 35 10 / e-mail The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time. State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. The University of Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Persons of different ethnic backgrounds are therefore encouraged to apply for the position. The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to scientific positions. Hence, the evaluation committee’s report will be disclosed (in full detail, and not made anonymous) to all of the applicants. Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not complied with. Application, CV, copies of diplomas (including master diploma or a confirmation statement from your supervisor that you have submitted your thesis), two academic references (at least one of which should be from the awarding master’s university) and support documentation should be sent via the link “Apply for this job” on this page. The application should include a brief statement of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying. Applications sent by e-mail to random individuals at the department will not be considered. Closing date for applications: 10 June 2014 Quote reference number: 14/2972