[ES_JOBS_NET] A PhD student position in palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology

Hanna Lee Hanna.Lee at uni.no
Tue Jun 6 07:44:18 MDT 2017

Research fellow (PhD candidate) in palaeoecology/ palaeoclimatology/ 
ecology/ ecosystem change/ carbon modelling

A vacancy for a PhD position is available within palaeoecology/ 
palaeoclimatology/ ecology/ ecosystem change/ carbon modelling at the 
Department of Biology and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. The 
position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years. Please visit the webpage 
for more information and submitting application and note that 
applications submitted by email will not be evaluated.

About the project:
The main focus of the project is to use the organic soils as a long-term 
‘archives’ providing unique information about how past natural 
succession and deforestation by humans has influenced both biodiversity 
and the C stocks in soil. Palaeoecological records will allow us to 
understand species and ecosystem responses from land use change and 
dynamics to different rates and degrees of change that have occurred 
analogous to projected climate change to determine rates and possible 
directions for the future.

Work tasks that will be included:
- Fieldwork – such as sediment/peat and soil sampling
- Pollen and plant macrofossil analysis
- Sediment analysis
- 14C dates and age modelling
- Data analysis and presentation of results
- Reconstruction of past vegetation and environment
- Modelling of past vegetation and landscapes, including carbon dynamics
- The final design of the PhD project will be based on the candidate’s 

Qualifications and personal qualities:
- The applicant must hold a Master's degree or the equivalent in 
biology, ecology, palaeoecology, palaeoclimatology, physical geography 
or related fields, or must have submitted his/her Master's thesis for 
assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of 
employment that the Master's degree has been awarded.
- Experience from palaeoecological field and lab work and/or studies in 
vegetation ecology, data collection and data analysis is an advantage.
- Ability to work independently and in a structured manner, and to 
cooperate with others simultaneously.
- Proficiency in both written and oral English

About the PhD position:
The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 percent 
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 recruitment position.

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 three 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 50 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 8) in the 
state salary scale. Further promotions are made according to 
qualifications and length of service in the position.
- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
- A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
- Good welfare benefits.

Your application must include:
- A brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying 
for this position.
- The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of 
these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent 
- 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.
- Relevant certificates/references.
- 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 
Applications sent by email to individuals will not be considered.

General information
Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: 
Associate Professor Anne E Bjune (Anne.Bjune at uib.no), Department of 

Dr. Hanna Lee
Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
Senior researcher, Uni Research Climate
Adjunct professor, Department of Biology, University of Bergen
Mailing address: P.O. Box 7810, 5020 Bergen, Norway
Visiting address: Jahnebakken 5, 5007 Bergen, Norway
Email: Hanna.Lee at uni.no
Phone: +47 5558 9869 (office)

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