PhD Research Fellowship in Paleontology at the University of Oslo, Norway

The University of Oslo is delighted to offer a PhD Research Fellowship in Paleontology for those who have master degree in relevant background i.e. biology and geology. The winning fellows will receive salary up to 483 700 per year. To apply, entries must be received by 31 January 2016.

Fellowship Description
Position as PhD Research fellow available at Natural History Museum, University of Oslo. The fellowship is for a period of up to 4 years, with 25 % compulsory work. Starting date no later than 1. August 2016.

Job/ project description
The candidate will study Lower to Middle Triassic ammonoid faunas of the Arctic region, with a focus on Svalbard. The aims of the project are to revise the ammonoid taxonomy and biozonation and to improve our understanding of the paleobiogeography and paleoenvironment of the High Boreal Triassic. The project will involve field and laboratory work, taxonomic description, statistical and ecological analysis, and quantitative biostratigraphy. Integration with geochemistry and other background data will also be important. The project is a cooperation between the University of Oslo, the University of Zürich and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). The candidate will be part of active Triassic research groups in Oslo and Zürich.

Award Value
Successful fellows will receive pay grade (stipendiat SKO 1017): 50 – 57 (NOK 430 500 – 483 700 per year).

Level and Area of Studies
PhD Research in Paleontology.

Place of Study
At the University of Oslo, Norway

Eligibility and Criteria

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in geology or biology, with specialization in invertebrate paleontology. Physical ability for field work in the Arctic is required. Previous experience with some or all of the following subjects is desired: The Triassic system, ammonoids, Arctic geology, taxonomic description and statistical analysis.
  • We seek a highly motivated, hardworking and creative student who is able to think and work independently, but who is also able to work well as part of a team. The candidate has to have good communication skills and will collaborate with researchers across disciplines.
  • The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.
  • The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted no later than two months after taking up the position.
  • A good command of English is required.

Applicants’ Nationality
There is no nationality restriction.

Application Instruction
The application package must be consisting the materials as follow:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Submission Deadline
31 January 2016.