Doctoral research fellow in marine geology/geophysics

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The University of Tromsø, Department of Geology has a position vacant as doctoral research fellow in marine geology and geophysics. The appointment period is 3 years.

For further information, please contact: Professor Jurgen Mienert, phone: + 47 776 44 446,, or Assoc. Prof. Stefan Bünz, tlf. 77646266, email:

The position is funded by industry partners and is associated with the research group in Marine Geology and Geophysicsat the Department of Geology. The Department of Geology has research activities in Arctic marine geology and geophysics, coastal and terrestrial geology and the earth’s crustal dynamics (bedrock / structural geology). A significant part of the research is going on in northern Norway and the Arctic.

The department is accommodated in the Natural Sciences Building, which is well equipped for full research and teaching in the fields where the department has activities. The Department of Geology is also a user of the University of Tromsø’s research vessels equipped for marine geological sampling and 3D marine geophysical data acquisition.

The research position focuses on developing a 4D acoustic characterization of gas hydrates and fluids in sedimentary formations of the polar margins. The suggested position is directly linked to improve our understanding of the dynamics of unconventional hydrocarbons in Arctic continental margins and of the amount of stored gas hydrates (solid form) and fluids. Little is known about the extent of gas hydrate on the continental slope and the documented episodic gas release activities, and whether or not the gas stems from dissociating gas hydrates. A thorough geophysical study of the inferred gas hydrate distribution and active seeps based on high resolution time lapse 3D seismic and ocean-bottom seismic studies aims to improve the understanding of fluid migration processes in glacigenic sediments and sedimentary basins.

The successful candidate will be associated with the PhD school in Arctic Marine Geology and Geophysics, which is an inter-institutional trainee-program initiative of the Department of Geology, the Geological Survey of Norway, the Norwegian Polar Institute and the University Centre of Svalbard. This joint initiative of specialists within arctic marine geology and geophysics will provide excellent training opportunities and facilities in conducting research on the development of Arctic continental margins, including sedimentary processes, fluid flow and petroleum geology. The successful candidate is encouraged to make full use of the department’s processing and interpretation facilities including a seismic lab with several top-level workstations, a 3-D visualization facility and a full suite of industry-standard software packages for processing, interpretation and modelling of seismic data.

The department offers courses in geology at the bachelor, master and doctoral level. The department contributes to the teaching of environmental science and education associated with the University Courses on Svalbard.

A master degree in marine geophysics or marine geology is a prerequisite for appointment in the position of Research fellow. The candidate may have experience with one or more of the following: acquisition, processing and interpretation of a range of seismic data (reflection, refraction, ocean-bottom seismics), time-lapse seismic studies, forward seismic modeling,fluid flow and gas hydrate systems, and rock physics modeling.The candidate should preferably have good computer skills in Windows as well as Unix and Linux operating systems.

The applicationcan be submitted electronically to: Prof. Jürgen Mienert (, and/or Assoc. Prof. Stefan Bünz (

In addition, the application, including CV, certified copies of diplomas and references, and the list of scientific work are to be sent in three copies, by the deadline for applications, directly to:

Prof. Jürgen Mienert
Department of Geology
University of Tromsø
Dramsveien 201
N-9037 Tromsø
THE SCIENTIFIC WORK – published or unpublished – which the applicant wishes to be taken into consideration during the evaluation process must be submitted in three copies arranged as three complete sets. The scientific work is to be sent to the above-mentioned address by the deadline for applications.

All documentation that is to be evaluated must be certified and translated into English or a Scandinavian language.

Applicants are to refer to Supplementary regulations for appointment to teaching and research positions at the University of Tromsø and Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of postdoctor (post-doctoral research fellow) stipendiat ( research fellow), vitenskapeligassistent (research assistant) and spesialtistkadidat (resident),

Questions concerning the organization of the working environment, such as the physical state of the place of employment, health service, possibility for flexible working hours, part time, etc. may be directed to the telephone reference. According to personnel policy objectives that the staff is to reflect the composition of the population in general, both with respect to gender and cultural multiplicity, women and people with a minority ethnic background in particular are encouraged to apply. The University of Tromsø is an Inclusive Workplace enterprise, and will try to adapt the working conditions for employees with impaired capacity.

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 the Freedom of Information Act, section 25, 2nd paragraph, the applicant may request not to be registered on the public list of applicants. The University may nevertheless decide that the name of the applicant will be made public. The applicant will be notified beforehand in the event of such publication. Application deadline: 31.10.11

University of TROMSØ
N-9037 Tromsø

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