PhD student in sea ice on geologic timescales - Bergen, Norway

Bergen, Norway
There is a vacancy for a PhD position funded for three years at the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE) in a research project funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project is a collaboration with researchers from AWI-Bremerhaven, University of Plymouth, University of Glasgow and the University of Tasmania.
The project focuses on the interaction between sea ice and Antarctic ice shelves on geological timescales. We will use different paleoceanographic proxies (microfossil assemblages, biomarkers and ancient DNA) to reconstruct the sea ice and ice shelf history in the Weddell Sea over the last ca. 130,000 years.
The prospective PhD candidate will work with sedimentary ancient DNA for reconstructing the Late Quaternary Antarctic paleoceanography, sea ice and ice shelf environments. Specifically, the work involves extracting environmental and ancient DNA from sediments in our ancient DNA lab in Bergen. This will be followed by metabarcoding of eukaryote communities and quantitative molecular analyses, bioinformatics and statistical analyses. The candidate will interact with the international team members to integrate the different datasets (microfossil assemblages, biomarkers and aDNA) to improve our understanding of sea ice and ice self interaction. International research stays are planned.

Applicants must hold a MSc degree or equivalent education in (marine) biosciences or geology, molecular biology/ecology, microbiology, or relevant field. In case your MSc degree has not been awarded, you must have submitted your master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.

Qualifications and personal skills:

- Experience with molecular ecology and PCR amplification / next-generation sequencing is required.
- Basic skills in bioinformatics and statistics (especially multivariate) as well as prior experience with tools for data processing and analysis (R or python) is a clear advantage.
- Experience with contamination-prone PCR (e.g. using universal primers targeting prokaryotes or eukaryotes) is an advantage, since the project will require meticulous laboratory work.
- Background in microbial ecology, marine biology or geology is an advantage
- Applicants must be able to work independently and in a well-structured manner
- Applicants must have an open mind to work across disciplines (paleoceanography) and demonstrate good cooperative skills
- Proficiency in both written and oral English is required
Applications must include:
- Curriculum vitae
- A cover letter outlining your motivation for applying for this position (max. 1 page)
- A summary/abstract of your MSc thesis (max. 1 page)
- The names and contact information of at least two references. 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. 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.
- Relevant certificates/references

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at the recruitment portal Jobbnorge (see link below).
Application deadline
Further information
If you have any questions about the position, please contact: Dr Stijn De Schepper (+47 56107550, or Dr. Tristan Cordier (+47 56107513, Questions about the application process can be directed to Senior HR Adviser Monika Voit ( For more information about NORCE and BCCR, please refer to and
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