There is a vacancy for a PhD position in the topic of hydrothermal organic geochemistry at the Department of Earth Science. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years.The position is financed by the Research Council of Norway’s FRINATEK project "HyPOD" (2019−2023; Project Manager: E. Reeves).
About the project/work tasks:
This PhD position aims to experimentally determine the types of organic molecules generated by pyrolysis of microbial or biological organic matter under hydrothermal conditions, and couple these data with novel measurements of low-molecular-weight organic molecules in collected hydrothermal fluid samples. The central objective of project HyPOD is to provide a fundamental framework for understanding diverse organics formed in hydrothermal fluids from diverse geologic settings, and enhance our understanding of the sub-seafloor processes that lead to the formation of molecules relevant for a putative hydrothermal origin of life. The successful candidate will have to assist in cultivation of hydrothermal microorganisms, perform hydrothermal experiments in the laboratory - measuring dissolved gases and their stable isotopes using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, and investigate remnant biomarkers after the experiments. The research fellow will also integrate the experimental results with analogous measurements from fluid samples collected during cruises to the Mid-Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific Mid-Ocean Ridges as part of the HyPOD team. Short research stays (for specialist analyses) with project partners in Germany (University of Oldenburg/Bremen) will also be expected.
The PhD will be hosted within the K.G. Jebsen Centre for Deep Sea Research, which focuses on multidisciplinary research in Arctic deep-sea environments. The centre organizes yearly deep-sea expeditions to study Arctic mid-ocean ridges and hydrothermal vent fields. Additional international cruise opportunities will also be available. During these scientific cruises, data acquisition and sampling are carried out using modern undersea vehicles.
About the PhD position:
The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years.
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 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 two 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 54 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 10) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 479,600 (EUR ca. 49,000). Further promotions 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
Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
Any publications (or published conference proceedings) in your name
For further details about the position, please contact Associate Professor Eoghan P. Reeves, Dept. of Earth Science, UiB (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 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.
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Applicants must hold a master's degree or the equivalent specializing in geochemistry or geomicrobiology, 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.
Demonstrated knowledge (e.g. coursework and/or thesis research) in either organic geochemistry or geomicrobiology is a requirement (both is preferable)
Demonstrated practical experience (e.g. thesis research) with analysing organics (e.g. hydrocarbons) and/or gases in geologic environments is preferred
Demonstrated knowledge (e.g. coursework, research) of hydrothermal processes is an advantage
Experience with sea-going geochemical research is an advantage
Applicants must be able to work both independently and as part of the larger project team, in a structured manner, and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.
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