The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.
PhD fellowship on climate adaptation
There is a vacancy for a PhD fellowship on the social and human aspects of climate adaptation at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT), University of Bergen. The position is associated with two research projects; 12 months on the CoCliServ Project (Co-development of place-based climate services for action), and 36 months on the CALENDARS Project (Co-production of Seasonal Representations for Adaptive Institutions).
These projects are at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary work on how communities think about and cope with changes in the climate in the places they live. CoCliServ works with Bergen’s people to co-develop climate science that is concrete and meaningful for their adaptation. It collaborates with European partners on creative approaches like art-science, citizen science and scenario workshops. CALENDARS studies the ideas of seasons steering key institutions in communities in Norway and New Zealand, and asks if our ideas of seasons are in sync with the seasons we actually experience under climate change?
This position will provide valuable experience, expertise and qualifications for people embarking on a career in research, or other careers in local adaptation.
The position is for a fixed-term period of four years, starting 1 January 2019.
The candidate will work as a research assistant on the ERA4CS-funded CoCliServ project (http://www.cocliserv.cearc.fr) for the first 12 months to help implement project tasks in the Bergen study site, under the guidance of Dr. Scott Bremer and Prof. Jeroen van der Sluijs. This gives the candidate hands-on experience with research methods and concepts for tailoring climate science.
The CoCliServ work prepares the candidate for undertaking their PhD as part of the prestigious ERC-funded CALENDARS project, over the following 36 months. The candidate will be expected to develop their own original PhD research project within the overall theme and comparative frames of the CALENDARS project, with a preference for qualitiative methods. Their main PhD supervisor will be Dr. Scott Bremer.
Qualifications and personal qualities:
- The applicant must hold a master’s degree or equivalent from a relevant discipline in the social sciences or humanities. The degree must have been awarded prior to the application deadline. Applicants with an interdisciplinary background and experience are encouraged to apply. Those who already hold a PhD degree should not apply. Applicants who do not have a Norwegian master’s degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). The Centre can send documentation of foreign education to NOKUT to evaluate if this degree is equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree.
- Experience with qualitative research methods, including ethnography, interviews and discourse analysis, is an advantage, as is experience with climate-related topics.
- Applicants should show they can work independently in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with a team from different disciplines and cultures.
- Applicants should be proficient in written and oral English, and have a good command of a Scandinavian language.
About the fellowship:
The fellowship position is for a fixed term of four years, and is 100% research-based. There are no teaching or administrative duties beyond the research projects themselves.
Most of the candidate’s work will be based in Bergen, Norway, and it is expected that he/she will have their main residence in Bergen to participate in the daily activities at SVT and the CALENDARS research team. The candidate will also need to spend approximately one month each year visiting the study site in New Zealand.
About the research training:
As a PhD Candidate, applicants 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 three months after the candidate has commenced in the position. It is a condition that the candidate 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 51 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 9) in the state salary scale, currently NOK 449 000 gross p.a.
- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
- A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
- Good welfare benefits.
How to apply for the job:
Please apply electronically in the online system Jobbnorge via the link “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”.
Your application must include:
- A comprehensive 4 – 5 page cover letter outlining: (i) your motivations for applying; (ii) what contributions you bring to the CoCliServ and CALENDARS projects; and (iii) your research interests, and the specific ways they can fit into the CALENDARS project frame. Contact Dr. Scott Bremer for more information on CALENDARS.
- The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis.
- Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
- Relevant certificates/references.
- One or more scientific writing samples, in English or a Scandinavian language.
The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.
Detailed information about the CALENDARS project and more information about the position can be obtained by contacting Dr. Scott Bremer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.
Any queries or problems concerning the electronic application procedure should be directed to the Faculty of Humanities e-mail: email@example.com.
Reference number: 2018/11569
Application deadline: 4 November 2018
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Sunday, November 4, 2018
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Post expires on Sunday November 4th, 2018