SEAS postdoctoral research fellow in marine biogeochemical hazards

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Deadline: 31 October 2021

Thematic area and supervisor

This SEAS postdoctoral research fellow position is connected to the thematic area of marine biogeochemical hazards under warming, ocean acidification, and deoxygenation.

The position is open to an incoming candidate, see mobility rules.

The successful candidate will be employed at the Geophysical Institute and included in the research group on biogeochemistry as well as the Research theme ‘Carbon System’ at the Bjerknes Center for Climate research. Information about the supervisor and research possibilities for the fellow is available here.

For further details about the research possibilities please contact Professor Christoph Heinze.

The supervisor: Heinze is a global biogeochemical ocean modeller with 30 years’ experience in the field. His specific research interests are devoted to feedback processes between climate and biogeochemical cycles, the interpretation of the marine sedimentary paleo-climate archive, and the quantification of the global carbon and silicon cycles. Heinze has experience in coordinating large international EU projects (such as the ongoing EU H2020 project COMFORT Heinze has initiated and is leading course GEOF347 at UiB: Seminar on “Earth system science for sustainability studies“.

The research group: The modelling group includes expertise on Earth system modelling, relevant biogeochemical processes and how to implement them in ocean models, numerical computing, mass data analysis, and model experiments with stand-alone ocean models as well as coupled Earth system models. The position is embedded in both the biogeochemistry group at the Geophysical Institute (sub-group on modelling) ( and the Research Theme “Carbon System” at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (

Available infrastructure: Access to national high-performance computing and mass data storage facilities (Sigma2) is available. The group cooperates with the Bergen and Oslo communities on further developing the Norwegian Earth System Model NorESM. The group currently participates in several other projects involving Earth system modelling funded by the RCN and the EU. A data management group helps concerning archiving/disseminating results.

Research possibilities for the fellow – topical frame: The postdoctoral fellow position is connected to the thematic area of marine biogeochemical hazards. The position is in the field of biogeochemical ocean modelling and model data analysis. The oceans are undergoing fast – in part abrupt – changes in physics, biogeochemistry, and ecosystems under human-induced climate forcing. Warming, ocean acidification, and de-oxygenation provide substantial marine environmental hazards. We employ global coupled Earth system models and global ocean models their results for identifying specific dangerous change, its time of emergence, its temporal behaviour (including persistency and irreversibility), respective early warning indicators, and feasible mitigation options to limit the damage.

About the position

The primary objective of the postdoctoral position is to qualify the appointee for work in top academic positions. Teaching and/or other qualifying duties might be included if the appointee lacks such experience. The UiB-contract may, under certain conditions, be extended by up to one year if a fellow acquires sufficient funding from other sources than SEAS.

For all SEAS fellows, a Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP) is to be developed jointly by the fellow, supervisor, and co-supervisor by the end of Month 2 of the fellowship, including a plan for the individual research budget, and information on additional funding where applicable.

If selected, you must be able to take up the position within four months after receiving the offer unless another concrete start date is approved by the SEAS-administration. Before applying we recommend you familiarise yourself with current visa and work permit regulations for Norway (incoming candidates) or other host country (for outgoing candidates). Employment (work permit) is subject to approval under national export control legislation.

How to apply

Before starting the online application process, please familiarise yourself carefully with our application requirements in the Guide for Applicants. It is essential that all required attachments (see next section) are uploaded via our electronic recruiting system JobbNorge. Before uploading any documents in the portal (to minimise repetition of information):

About the SEAS fellowship programme

Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability (SEAS) is a postdoctoral research fellowship programme for 37 fellows launched and managed by the University of Bergen. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034309.

In this first call, open August 1 – October 31 (2021), we invite talented experienced researchers to apply for 18 fellowships. Successful candidates will be employed in fixed-term fulltime postdoctoral research fellow positions at UiB.

The SEAS programme offers

  • high-quality inter- and transdisciplinary research and training opportunities in the area of marine sustainability supported by a supervision and inter-sectoral mentoring scheme
  • opportunity to transfer knowledge and skills between disciplines, organisations and sectors
  • a regional ecosystem of marine actors
  • structured skill-based training
  • high-quality working conditions
  • personal career support
  • academic freedom
  • equal opportunities

For more information see the SEAS webpage or send an email to

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