PhD Research Fellow in Marine Optics – Deadline 26 May 2023

There is a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in Marine Optics at the Department of Physics and Technology. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years including one year compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department).

Are you interested in working with optics and challenges on how light is affected by particles in the water and atmosphere? We seek a motivated and skilled PhD Research Fellow to do research on optical properties in the field, the lab and by using computer models.

About the project/work tasks

The PhD project will comprise one or more of the main activities of the optics group at the Department of Physics and Technology. 1) in situ measurements of inherent optical properties in optically complex waters, 2) Radiative transfer modelling of light in the atmosphere and water, using information acquired from in situ measurements, and 3) Improving remote sensing atmospheric correction and retrieval of aquatic constituents.Work tasks of this PhD position will include in situ optical measurements in optically complex waters, laboratory calibration and testing of advanced optical instruments.There will be annual possibilities of going on scientific cruises, both locally near Bergen and in the arctic. There are also plans for field work in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard.Additionally, work tasks will include computer modelling of radiative transfer of light as well as assessment and development of atmospheric correction for remote sensing purposes.

Qualifications and personal qualities

  • Applicants must hold a master’s degree or equivalent education in physics, oceanography or similar. Master students can apply if they complete their final master’s exam before 30.06.2023. It is a condition of employment that the master’s degree has been awarded.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and have good communication- and collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.

Experience from one or several of the following areas is an advantage:

  • field work at sea
  • optical measurements in situ and in the laboratory
  • remote sensing
  • computer modelling

Special requirements for the position

The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications.

About the PhD position

About the PhD Research Fellow

The duration of the PhD Research Fellow is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year 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 qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training

As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 4 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. 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 stimulating working environment
  • salary as PhD research fellow (code 1017) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 501 200 (equivalent to pay grade 54). Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

Your application must include

  • a brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. If you have not yet completed your master’s degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming that the master’s thesis has been submitted within 30.06.2023
  • relevant certificates/references
  • approved documentation of proficiency in English (if required, cf. English language requirements for PhD admission)
  • 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.

General information

For further details about the position, please contact associate professor Arne Kristoffersen, Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen, state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.For further information about the recruitment process, click here.

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