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PhD position in Physical oceanography/hydro-acoustic

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The deadline for the PhD position in Physical Oceanography/hydro-acoustic at the University of Tromsø (Norway), Centre of excellence CAGE, has been extended to February 20th 2017. Please forward this announcement to any potentially interested students.

Application deadline : February 20th 2017

The position’s affiliation

The PhD position is connected to the Norwegian Research Council Centre of Excellence "CAGE" - Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate, and Environment at the Department of Geosciences.

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

Research in the Centre of excellence CAGE focuses on the role of Arctic Ocean methane hydrate and methane release related to ocean environments and climate change. The successful PhD candidate will study short and long-term natural evolution of gas releases of gas-hydrated seabed environments by investigating the interactions between ocean and seabed environments. Observations will include 3D numerical modeling of the oceanographic and thermogenic and biogenic gas expulsion system. Model predictions of long-term evolution of the environmental changes will be cross-checked against existing time records. Oceanographic, geochemical and acoustic data sets from long-term (>2 years) seafloor observatory stations have been already collected along the western Svalbard margin and northwestern Barents Sea. This PhD project will start on a combination of geochemistry and physical oceanography data with further data collection on research cruises. The successful candidate will analyze and compare time series of hydro-acoustic (echosounder, multibeam and hydrophone) and ocean chemistry data to estimate the variability and quantity of biogenic and thermogenic methane releases from the seabed and identify earlier signs of these release and impacts.

Qualification requirements

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

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with a Master’s degree in physical oceanography or relevant field. Experience in numerical modeling and use of hydro-acoustic, time series analyses, computing skills, and knowledge of Matlab programming will be an asset. This position will involve multiple research cruises to the Arctic Ocean and Barents Sea, where the candidate is expected to learn a variety of field sampling techniques and novel oceanographic underwater technologies. The candidate is expected to interpret the gathered data by interacting with geophysicists, biogeochemists, biologists and paleoceanographers within and among working groups in CAGE and national and international recognized experts.

The applicant may 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 physical oceanography or 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. 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 here : and shall include :

Letter of application
CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)
Names and addresses of three referees
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
List of works and description of these (see below)
The applicant may present a description outlining the academic basis of the PhD project.
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 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
professional references

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.

Information for applicants for positions at UiT, supplementary regulations for appointment to PhD and regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for posts of PhD is found at the university’s website.

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 therefore encourages qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and will therefore 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.

Further information about the position is available by contacting :

Dr. Bénédicte Ferré, phone : +4777646607, email :

Director of CAGE Professor Jurgen Mienert, email :, tlf. +47 77 64 44 46 ;

Best regards

Benedicte Ferré

Researcher (PhD)

Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate, WP4 leader

UiT – The Arctic University of Norway

Department for Geology

N-9037, Tromsø, Norway

Office : +47 776 46607

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