The Geophysical Institute ( has a vacancy for a research fellow in physical oceanography. The position is within the physical oceanography research group.
The fellowship position is for a fixed term of 4 years, of which 25% will comprise mandatory work such as teaching and/or administrative tasks. The fellowship period may be reduced if you have been previously employed as a research fellow/research assistant or the like.

Project/work tasks:

The aim of the project is to better understand baroclinic instability and eddy transport processes in the Arctic Ocean and how these processes impact the large-scale circulation and water mass transformation there. Key objectives will be to:

  • Assess the role of baroclinc instability and eddy-induced advection on the subduction of Atlantic Water underneath the surface freshwater layer as well as on the transport of heat and freshwater across the continental slope onto shelves and into deep basins.
  • Assess the influence of bottom topography and large-scale dynamical flow gradients on these processes.
  • Investigate fundamental balances in simplified dynamical models of the Arctic Ocean circulation that take eddy transport into account.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • You must have completed a master's degree or equivalent in physical oceanography, meteorology, physics or applied mathematics, or have submitted your master's thesis for evaluation before expiry of the application deadline. It is a requirement that the master’s degree has been completed before the decision to appoint can be made.
  • You must have relevant experience in geophysical fluid dynamics. Experience in numerical modelling and statistical analysis of large datasets is also an advantage.
  • You must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and to demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • You must be proficient in both written and oral English

The research training programme
As a research fellow you must take part in an approved study programme leading to a PhD degree to be completed within a time period of 3 years. It is therefore a requirement that you meet the criteria for admission to the PhD study programme at the University of Bergen.

A final plan for completion of the research programme must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have begun working in the position.

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment
  • starting salary at pay grade 50 in the Civil Service pay grade table (code 1017). Further increases will be made according to length of service in the position.
  • a good pension scheme in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • inclusive workplace (IW)
  • good welfare benefits

Further information about the position can be obtained from associate professor Pål Erik Isachsen, e-mail:

The application must include:

  • a brief account of your research interests and some thoughts on how to approach the objectives of this specific project.
  • the names and contact details of at least two referees One of these must be the main supervisor for your master's thesis or equivalent thesis.
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of your bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that your master's thesis has been submitted
  • relevant certificates/written references
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • publications (if any)

If your diploma, grade transcripts and other documentation are in a language other than a Scandinavian language or English, you must upload certified translations of these.

Closing date for applications: 23 February 2015.

General information:
The teaching language will normally be Norwegian, but may also be English.

State employment 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 employees of various immigrant backgrounds as well as persons with disabilities. We encourage persons with an immigrant background and persons with disabilities to apply for the position.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has requested to remain anonymous. The applicant will be notified if the request must be refused.

The successful candidate must comply with the guidelines and regulations that apply to the position.

The University of Bergen adheres to the principle of public access to information when recruiting academic staff.