PhD position in climate dynamics

PhD position in climate dynamics

There is a vacancy for a PhD position in physical oceanography/climate dynamics at the Geophysical Institute and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years with 25% compulsory work (e.g. teaching duties), and is connected to the project Nansen Legacy funded by the Research Council of Norway. 

About the project/work tasks:

The PhD candidate will assess Arctic climate variability and change for current and future climate states, with a particular focus on the Barents Sea. The general scope of the PhD project will be regionally to compare and contrast climate change and its drivers, e.g., how future sea ice retreat will be manifested in the Atlantic and Pacific sectors of the Arctic. The PhD will furthermore explore Arctic climate predictability on interannual to decadal time scales.

The PhD project will rely on available observations (e.g., sea ice, hydrography) and the analysis of climate model simulations. PhD supervisors will include Dr. Marius Årthun and Professor Tor Eldevik.

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. Master students can apply provided they complete their final master exam before 15.08.2019. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded.
  • Applicants must have in-depth knowledge of ocean and climate dynamics.
  • It is strongly desired that applicants are experienced in one or more of the following: mechanisms for ocean and climate variability, ocean circulation and air-sea interaction in the Atlantic-Arctic region, with focus on interannual-to-decadal time scales.
  • Experience in the analysis of climate model simulations is an advantage.
  • Skill in handling and use of climate model data, and the acquirement and statistical analysis of climate-related data, are an advantage.
  • Experience in scientific programming (e.g., Matlab, Python, Fortran) 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.

About the PhD position:

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises required duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results.

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 at pay grade 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 479 600. Further promotions 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:

  • 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, or official confirmation that the master’s thesis has been submitted. 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 15.08.2019.
  • 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 ( or Prof. Tor Eldevik (

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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About The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

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15th August 2019

Post expires on Thursday August 15th, 2019