The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

PhD Candidate in Marine Geophysics (study of near-surface deformation across Arctic passive margins)

This job offer has expired

    UiT The Arctic University of Norway
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    13/01/2019 23:00 - Europe/Athens
    Norway › Tromsø

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a PhD position vacant for applicants who wish to obtain the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD).


The appointment is for a period of 4 years. The nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % of each year, and will consist of teaching or other duties for the department. UiT The Arctic University of Norway funds the position.


The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address: NT-Faculty.


The position’s field of work

The position is affiliated with the research project SEAMSTRESS – Tectonic Stress Effects on Arctic Methane Seepage funded by the Tromsø Research Foundation (https://tfstiftelse.no/?lang=en ) and is closely associated with the Center for Arctic Gas Hydrates, Environment and Climate (CAGE, https://cage.uit.no/ ). The project SEAMSTRESS will investigate the stress field exerted at Arctic passive margins and how these stresses influence near-surface fluid dynamics and seafloor gas release. The project shall significantly advance the current understanding of the mechanisms controlling gas seepage at passive continental margins. In addition, the project’s outcome will be relevant for studies of submarine landslides in the Arctic, neotectonic phenomena at passive margins, methane-dependent seabed ecosystems and gas hydrates dynamics.

The position is related to task 1 in the project: Quantification of regional stresses on near-surface sediments. The main goal of this task is to constrain the present day state of stress with in-situ stress estimations using geomechanical and seismological data. The PhD position is related to this task. Seismological data recorded in Ocean Bottom Seismometers (OBSs) deployed in the study area will be analysed to identify events that allow construction of focal mechanisms. Type and orientation of principal stresses will be derived from focal mechanisms. The main focus will be the west-Svalbard margin. However, if time allows the approach implemented for the west-Svalbard margin can be extended to areas in the western Barents Sea.

The data used for the task consist of P-wave and S-wave seismographs from long-term recording OBSs deployed in the study area for ca. one year. Data from 3 instruments are already available for preliminary analysis of the type of seismic events recorded in the area. The main data for the the PhD project will result from seismological experiments starting in 2019 and 2020. There is a possibility for the PhD candidate to work in a comparison between stress fields derived from seismological information and in-situ stress estimations from the upper 10s of meters of sediments as result of a geomechanical experiment.

It is expected that the appointed candidate participates in different activities related to the project, including: geoscientific expeditions (on board R/V Helmer Hanssen and/or R/V Kronprins Haakon) to collect cross-disciplinary data; workshops with team members and external collaborators; seminar series at the department and the University; and presentation of results in national and international conferences.

Further information about the position is available by contacting Researcher Andreia Plaza-Faverola,


Affiliation and collaboration

The SEAMSTRESS project and related PhD position are closely associated with the Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate Environment and Climate (CAGE) hosted by the Department of Geosciences. The appointed PhD candidate will benefit from cooperation with cross-disciplinary groups within CAGE, as well as with other groups at the department working with relevant problems in Geosciences. In addition, SEAMSTRESS has established collaborations with the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU), Uppsala University, Sweden, the French Institute for Exploration of the Sea (Ifremer), the Center for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED) at the University of Oslo, Norway, and the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Germany.


Work place

The successful candidate will live and work in Tromsø, and is expected to engage herself/himself in the ongoing development of the Department of Geosciences and the University as a whole. The project will be conducted in a cross-disciplinary, interactive and stimulating working environment. The candidate will received guidance and support to identify and apply to relevant research grants.

Work place will be the Department of Geosciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. However, the candidate may also spend periods abroad working at partner institutions.

The appointment is for a period of 4 years, and the nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % of each year, and will consist of duty work for the department. This may include teaching (e.g. supervision and evaluation of student exercises) at various levels, as well as performance of other duties relevant for the department.

Offer Requirements


The successful candidate will have an MSc in seismology, geophysics, geodynamics, or similar. Experience with the use of seismological or seismic software is a requirement. The candidate must have a good understanding of fault’s kinematics and the type of stresses associated with different faults. Good programming skills (e.g., in Matlab, C-shell, Python) is an advantage.

The results shall be presented at national and international conferences/workshops, as well as published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Therefore, a good communication level and documented fluency in English, both written and oral, is required. Applicants not being able to communicate in Norwegian will be encouraged to learn the language within a reasonable time.

To gain admission to the PhD programme, you must have a grade average of C or better. Further information about requirements for admission to PhD studies are available here: https://uit.no/nt/phd

The assessment will emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position. You must be willing to engage in the ongoing development of your discipline and the university as a whole. During this assessment process, emphasis will be put on your potential for research as shown by the Master’s thesis, the project description and any other academic works. In addition, we may consider work experience, teaching qualifications or other activities of significance for the PhD studies

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
N-9037 Tromsø, Norway

EURAXESS offer ID: 361902


The responsibility for the jobs published on this website, including the job description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.


Please contact support@euraxess.org if you wish to download all jobs in XML.