PhD position in Quantifying Past and Future Sea Level Changes in Norway

Trondheim, Norway
May 28, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jun 18, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has a vacancy for a three-year, full-time PhD position with the project Quantifying past and future sea level changes in Norway (QUANTSEA), funded by the Research Council of Norway.

You will report to Head of Department.

Job Description

The PhD candidate will investigate late Holocene relative sea-level (RSL) and coastal environmental change in southwestern and northern Norway. The trend, rate, magnitude, and coastal impact of recent RSL change will be investigated by integrating new proxy data collected from shallow and marginal marine areas with previously reported tide gauge records. The candidate will also work closely with sea-level modelers in Norway and Canada to improve predictions of RSL change along the Norwegian coast over the next century and beyond. Together with partners at the Geological Survey of Norway, shallow marine areas adjacent to selected coastal sites will be surveyed and sampled. Sedimentary analyses will aim to characterize changes in coastal benthic ecology and biogeochemistry over the last 1–2 millennia. Documented trends will be compared with new RSL data and models to explore the impacts of RSL rise on coastal processes.

Duties of the position

  • investigate late Holocene relative sea-level and coastal change in southwestern and northern Norway
  • perform and/or facilitate the required laboratory analyses and fieldwork, some of which may be ship-based
  • publish research results in peer-reviewed, scientific journals and conference proceedings
  • participate in QUANTSEA activities with national and international collaborators

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a strong academic background in physical geography or equivalent education with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale. Academic backgrounds in environmental science, ocean science, geology, and geophysics will also be considered. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must have an equally good academic foundation. If you are unable to meet the grade criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

Strong written and oral English language skills are required for this position.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Preferred selection criteria

  • documented research experience in physical geography, Quaternary geology, or geophysical modeling
  • fieldwork experience
  • specific research experience in one or more of the following areas: palaeo-sea-level change; biogeochemistry; seafloor mapping; coastal processes and geomorphology; geophysical modeling (sea level, solid Earth, ice sheet)
  • clear and creative communication skills with both expert and public audiences

Personal characteristics

  • meticulous, organized, and safety-conscious in the lab and in the field
  • ability to take initiative and work independently
  • positive, patient, and professional attitude
  • enthusiasm for fieldwork
  • solid communication skills for working in a multidisciplinary project and in a multidisciplinary university department

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years.

Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD programme in Social Sciences, specialization in Geography, within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD programme during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

The position is subject to external funding.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • certificates and diplomas
  • list of scientific work if not included on the CV

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Chantel Nixon, telephone 458 39 803, If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Renate Lillian Johansen, e-mail:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-431 when applying.

Application deadline: 18.06.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Geography

We conduct research and teach in subject areas related to the major societal challenges of our time: climate change, migration, urbanization, economic transition and environmental threats. We have a robust fieldwork tradition, and our teaching activities are closely linked to our research. The Department of Geography is one of seven departments at the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 18th June 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Project
Place of service Dragvoll

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