Job opportunity in tectonics – Postdoctoral fellow at Bergen University, Norway

Bergen University currently advertises a post-doc position in tectonics and surface processes, mainly involving modelling surface processes along active faults. It is a joint project with Patience Cowie, Rob Gawthorpe and Ritske Huismans. The deadline is 5th August. Find more information on

Postdoctoral fellow in interactions between tectonics and surface processes in rifts – re-announcement:

The Department of Earth Science has a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow in the field of surface processes under the project MultiRift, financed by the Research Council of Norway and Statoil.

The overall aim of the MultiRift project is to develop a fundamental understanding of how pre-existing structures in both basement and cover influence the evolution of normal faults and associated topographic development and depositional systems. The project is a collaboration between the Universities of Bergen, Oslo, Manchester and Imperial College London. The project will be organized in three themes: 1) analysis of subsurface data from the North Sea Rift system, 2) numerical modelling of pre-existing structural control on normal fault evolution and 3) numerical modelling of fault growth and surface processes.

The research will focus on understanding the nature and distribution of sediment source areas and sediment routing in rift systems where pre-existing structural geometry plays a key role in controlling subsequent structural evolution. The candidate will be part of a research group that will undertake numerical modelling of fault evolution, the feedback between surface processes and deformation, as well as interpretation of seismic reflection data to understand the structural evolution of the northern North Sea rift system at a regional scale.

The postdoctoral position is a fixed-term post, the chief objective being to qualify the selected candidate for work in senior positions in their disciplines. The term of employment for this position is 3 years. It is not possible for any person to work under more than one temporary appointment as postdoctoral fellow for the same institution.

The successful applicant will be responsible for adapting and implementing landscape evolution models to include bedrock incision, sediment reworking/transport and basin sedimentation. The modelling approach will be guided by observational constraints including digital elevation models of active rift systems, field data and seismic reflection interpretations. The main focus will be to understand structural controls on erosion rates and sediment routing during a complex multiphase extensional history and the transition from subaerial to submarine erosional and depositional processes along rift margins. The fellow will be expected to interact with the other members of the group to model the feedback between surface processes and deformation and to unravel the tectonostratigraphic evolution of the study area.

Applicants must have achieved a PhD degree in earth science that is relevant to the postdoctoral research position, or have presented the dissertation for assessment by the closing date for applications. It is a prerequisite that the dissertation has been approved before appointment is granted.

Candidates should have a background and research interests in quantitative geomorphology in active tectonic setting(s), with some experience of surface process modeling and computing programming. Experience with analysis of digital elevation data, and working in erosional-depositional processes in rift systems are considered an advantage. Applicants are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Starting salary on grade 57 (code 1352/LR 24.1) in the Civil Service pay grade table; currently NOK 468,400 gross p.a.; following ordinary meriting regulations (wage range 57-65). In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants a higher salary may be considered.

For further information please contact Professor Patience Cowie, phone +47 55 58 35 16 / e-mail

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

Women in particular are invited to apply. If, in the opinion of the evaluation committee, several applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules on equal opportunities laid down in the Personnel Regulations for Academic Positions will be applied.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. The University of Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Persons of different ethnic backgrounds are therefore encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to scientific positions. Hence, the evaluation committee’s report will be disclosed (in full detail, and not made anonymous) to all of the applicants.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

Send electronic application, CV, certificates, diplomas and scientific works including a list of publications by clicking on the button marked “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” on this page. Letters of reference from three geoscientists who know the candidate and his/her work must be provided.

If your certificates/diplomas are not in English or any of the Scandinavian languages, they must be accompanied by authorised translations.

Closing date for applications: 5 August 2013

Quote reference number: 2012/12116

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Christoph Grützner

Christoph Grützner

works at the Institute of Geological Sciences, Jena University. He likes Central Asia and the Mediterranean and looks for ancient earthquakes.

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