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5th January 2022



The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences have a vacancy for a position as

PhD Research Fellow in Geosciences

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About the position

The Faculty of Technology, Natural Sciences and Maritime Sciences has a vacancy for a 100 % position as PhD Research Fellow in Geosciences from 01.04.2022.

The position is located at the Department of Natural Sciences and Environmental Health and reports to the Head of Department. The place of employment is Bø in Telemark.

The employment period will be three years of full time with no teaching obligations, and there is a premise for employment that the PhD Research Fellow is enrolled in USN’s PhD-program in Ecology within three months of accession in the position.

About the PhD-project

The advent of new close- and near remote sensing techniques are making detailed study of complex terrain features possible, revealing new information about the past. Simultaneously traditional remote sensing data are improving, satellite sensors get higher spatial and temporal resolution, and several countries, including Norway and Finland, now provide public access to high-resolution elevation data from airborne LiDAR scanning. All this new data is opening up new venues for geomorphological research but also necessitates methodological studies testing the strengths and weaknesses of the new data and how they contribute to improved (geomorphologic) mapping and understanding of the past.

In this project we will take advantage of these new remote sensing techniques to study the geomorphology of an area in northern Finland. The area has a wide variety of well-preserved landforms, revealing a complex geological history associated with the rapid melting of the Fennoscandian Ice Sheet ice sheet during Early Holocene, a history that is not yet well understood. Well-developed dune fields in the same area give further information on the climatic and geomorphological developments in the area after the deglaciation.

A better understanding of the processes and subsequent evolution of a landscape associated with a rapidly melting ice sheet will improve our prediction of modern glaciers and ice sheets response to global warming and the accompanying landscape adaptation. In this project we will use a combination of existing and new high resolution digital terrain models, aerial photographs, and sedimentological field studies, to reconstruct the Quaternary geological history of the area.

The supervisors will be Assoc. Prof. Johanna Anjar, Prof. Hans Renssen, Assoc. Prof. Endre Før Gjermundsen (all from USN) and Prof. Helena Alexanderson from Lund University.


Applicants to the PhD position must have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent higher education qualifications with a focus on geoscience or related subjects. The degree must be accomplished before application deadline.

The candidate must have the ability to work independently and at the same time have the motivation to share knowledge and take part in team work. Personal suitability for the post will be emphasised.

It is a requirement that the successful applicant is granted admission to the university’s doctoral programme in Ecology within three months of accession in the position. For admission to the Programme a weighted average grade of B or higher is usually required.

Co-operation between staff members is an integrated part of the working atmosphere at the University of South-Eastern Norway. The candidate must be motivated and demonstrate a proven ability to work effectively within a team and in a collegiate manner to formulate and realise common objectives.

The successful candidate should have:

  • A strong background in Quaternary geology or physical geography
  • Previous experience with GIS
  • Previous experience with glacial geomorphology and/or glacial sedimentology

Experience with geomorphological fieldwork, LiDAR, drone photogrammetry, geostatistics and/or luminescence dating is advantageous, but not required. Excellent writing and communication skills are expected.

We offer

  • A stimulating and growing research environment, with good opportunities to develop your career and your academic skills
  • A good social environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits in the State Pension Plan
  • Opportunity for physical activities within working hours


PhD Research Fellow (code 1017): NOK 491 200 a year. Further promotion will be based on time served in the position. In special cases, employment in code 1378 (NOK 491 200 – 626 100 a year) may be considered.

A statutory contribution to the state pension plan will be deducted from the employee’s salary.

Other information

The Academic Appointments Board for PhD Research Fellowships is responsible for the appointment. An expert assessment of applicants will be carried out. The candidates deemed best qualified will be invited to an interview.

The person appointed must comply with the laws, regulations and agreements that apply at any given time to the post. Please note that approved work permit is a prerequisite for the employment.

According to its human resources policy, the University of South-Eastern Norway targets a balanced gender composition and aims to recruit persons with a background as an immigrant.

The University contributes to the Inkluderingsdugnaden (a voluntary scheme to promote inclusion), and it is our aim that our employees, to the fullest extent possible, shall reflect the diversity of the general population. We therefore encourage qualified applicants with disabilities to apply for the post. The University will facilitate the workplace for employees with disabilities.

Pursuant to section 25, 2nd paragraph of the Freedom of Information Act, information on the applicant may be disclosed even if the applicant has requested not be included on the list of applicants. Applicants will be notified if such requests are not allowed.

Contact information

For more information about the position, please contact:Associate professor Johanna Anjar, +47 35 95 28 48, Johanna.Anjar@usn.no.

For questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact: Head of Department Live Semb Vestgarden, live.S.Vestgarden@usn.no / +4735952797 or HR Officer Cathrine Haugen Fagerli, cathrine.h.fagerli@usn.no.

How to apply

The University of South-Eastern Norway makes use of online application management. Applicants to the post must register their application and CV with enclosures online via the Jobbnorge recruitment portal by clicking on the link on the right-hand side – “” (Apply for the post).

The following documents shall be attached to the online application:

  • Transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor's and Master's Degrees (120 ECTS)
  • Other relevant certificates (if applicable, must be specified)
  • A 1 page motivation letter
  • Any scientific publications and a list of these
  • Three references (contact information)

Please note that all documents must be in a Scandinavian language or in English. Any translations must be certified.

The application will be assessed on the basis of the attached documentation as requested above. Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the required documentation has been uploaded with the application deadline.

The University has been awarded a Charter & Code certificate by the European Commission, and is entitled to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo. The University is also a member of the EURAXESS network, which contributes to good working conditions for mobile researchers.

About USN

The University of South-Eastern Norway, USN, is one of Norway’s largest higher education institutions, with around 18,000 students and 1,900 employees across eight different campuses.

We offer studies, research and knowledge dissemination, all targeting various professions and working life and with a high level of quality internationally. Our goal as a University is to create value both for the individual student and for business and commerce, the public sector and society in general. We achieve this by utilising the best tools we have: education and research.

USN is a University with a strong social commitment where studies and working life are integrated. At USN, we focus on practice-relevant, profession-oriented and applied research and education.

The students shall benefit from innovative educational methods and challenging studies closely associated with society's requirements and needs. They will learn how to adapt to a society and working life that is constantly changing. The University shall meet major social challenges with knowledge and expertise, helping to promote practical solutions, structural changes and new ways of thinking. USN’s academic activities shall be embodied by a clear dedication to the UN’s sustainable development goals. The University aims to realise this main profile in close cooperation with society and working life.

For more information on USN, please go to www.usn.no

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