PhD Candidate in Marine geology/Ocean Acidification at the Centre of Excellence CAGE, University of Tromsø, Norway

Application deadline: 31 August 2015!

Ref. 2015/2037 – 3121

The Centre of Excellence CAGE at the Department of Geology, has a PhD position vacant for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). The appointment is for a period of four years.

The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD Candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address: NT-Faculty.

Further information about the position is available by contacting:

Prof. Dr. Tine L. Rasmussen, phone : +47 77 64 44 08, email : tine.rasmussen(at)
Research scientist Katarzyna Zamelczyk, phone: +47 77 64 47 73, e-mail: katarzyna.zamelczyk(at)
Post doc Anna Silyakova, +47 77 64 66 03, e-mail: anna.silyakova(at)

The position’s affiliation

The Faculty of Science and Technology is comprised of the following departments: Department of Physics and Technology, Department of Geology, Department of Computer Science, Department of Chemistry, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and Department of Engineering and Safety.

The Department of Geology currently has 15 permanent scientific staff positions, 20 researcher and post-doctoral fellows, 25 PhD-students and 15 technical/administrative positions.

The Department is organised into three research groups: Crustal Dynamics, Coastal and Terrestrial Geosciences, and Polar Marine Geology and Geophysics and hosts approx. 240 students. The Department of Geology offers courses at all levels, from bachelor to PhD studies. The Institute stimulates research and education within strategic important field- and knowledge areas as for example energy, resources and climate. The position is connected to the Norwegian Research Council Centre of Excellence “CAGE – Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate, and Environment”.

The position’s field of research/research project and other duties

The research field is micropaleontology (planktonic foraminifera) with expertise in geochemistry and chemical oceanography, attached to the CAGE work package 6 (WP6: Pleistocene to Present: Methane Release, Ocean Acidification and CO2) and CAGE work package 4 (WP4: Water Column: Methane Release and Gas Quantification).

Desired research area: Analysis of planktonic foraminiferal species assemblages in relation to changes in surface ocean chemistry due to shifts in concentration of atmospheric CO2 and release of methane from the ocean floor reaching the subsurface waters. The proposed project will be based on application of new proxies for carbonate ion concentration and pH (e.g., δ11B, B/Ca, U/Ca ratios) in planktonic foraminiferal shells and well tested proxies for calcium carbonate preservation that reflect dissolution processes in the water column, the water-sediment interface and in the sediment. In addition, the project will include measurements of water chemistry over methane seep areas and areas unaffected by methane for comparison. Plankton net samples of live planktonic foraminifera, sediment surface samples, sediment trap samples, sediment cores and water samples from seep sites and non-seep at the western Svalbard margin and the Barents Sea, and non-seep sites from East Greenland and the central Nordic seas will be examined. The PhD fellow will cooperate with several on-going projects within and among working groups in the Centre involving the fields of the carbon cycle, geochemistry, chemical oceanography, biology, geology, and Arctic and global climate change.

Qualification requirements

The applicant must fulfil the requirements for admission to the faculty’s PhD programme, cf. Regulation for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. In addition, he/she be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT.

The successful applicant must document knowledge in geochemistry, marine geology and/or paleoceanography at master’s level and show an interest in learning to handle and measure water samples.

The position requires a Master’s degree in marine geology/biology or relevant field. Experience with climate research concerning microfossils (preferably foraminifera) and/or geochemistry (stable isotopes and trace elements) are considered as an advantage. Experience with water chemistry is an advantage, but not a requirement.

The applicant should present a description outlining the academic basis of the PhD project.

Emphasis is attached to personal suitability.

Working conditions

The normal period of employment is four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year, distributed as 25 % of each year, shall be used for teaching or other duties for the university, cf. Guidelines for the research fellow’s duties.

The position will especially be assigned teaching duties in micropaleontology, paleoclimate, geochemistry and marine geology.

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the research fellow has already completed parts of his/her research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position (PhD Candidate, research assistant, or the like) in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

Remuneration for the position of PhD Candidate is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017 (or code 1378) (or both codes depending on qualifications). A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.


The application must be submitted electronically via the application form available on this page (

The application must include:

  • Letter of application
  • Proposal for project description
  • CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
  • Certified* copies of:
    diploma and transcript from your Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    diploma and transcript from your Master’s degree or equivalent
    diploma supplement for completed degrees
    documentation of English language proficiency
    project description
  • List of works and description of these (see below). The list of works shall contain the following information:
    author(s), the work’s title
    for articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year of publication
    for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages
  • The works (published or unpublished) which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the assessment process must be submitted
  • List of references with contact information.

All documentation that is to be evaluated must be certified and translated into English or a Scandinavian language.

Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.


The applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. During this assessment process, emphasis will be attached to the applicant’s potential for research as shown by:

  • Master’s thesis or equivalent
  • any other academic works, and
  • project description

In addition, consideration may be given to work experience or other activities of significance for the implementation of the PhD studies, and to any teaching qualifications. This includes teaching education, teaching experience, experience from popularization and experience/education from other types of dissemination. Information and material to be considered during the assessment must be submitted by the stipulated deadline.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability for the position.

Applicants shall also refer to the supplementary regulations for appointment to postdoktor (postdoctoal Research Fellow), stipendiat (PhD) and vitenskapelige assistent (Research Assistant) positions at the UiT and to the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of postdoktor (Postdoctoral Fellow), stipendiat (PhD), vitenskapelig assistent (Research Assistant) and spesialistkandidat (Resident).

Questions concerning the organisation of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. as well as questions about the PhD programme may be directed to the telephone reference in this announcement.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

UiT is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

Personal data given in an application or CV will be processed in accordance with the Act relating to the processing of personal data (the Personal Data Act). In accordance with Section 25 subsection 2 of the Freedom of Information Act, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. However, the University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

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