Postdoc Fellow, clumped isotope paleoceanography, Bergen, Norway

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in clumped isotope thermometry in marine sediments is being offered at the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen, Norway.


The position is for three years and will be part of the clumped isotope group, focusing on foraminifera-based temperature reconstructions in the Pliocene and some earlier Cenozoic time intervals. Starting date for the position is 1 January 2018.

It is associated with the CLIP project, financed by the Bergen Research Foundation (BFS) and the C4T project, financed by the European Research Council (ERC).


Clumped isotope thermometry is a novel geochemical tool to reconstruct past temperatures. In the lab in Bergen they are specifically applying this method to benthic and planktonic foraminifera in order to reconstruct past surface and deep ocean temperatures. The state-of-the-art laboratory hosts two Thermo Fisher MAT253Plus instruments coupled to Kiel IV carbonate preparation devices. The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a team consisting of 2 PhD students and 2 Postdocs, led by Dr. Nele Meckler. Initial work of the group has focused on ground-truthing aspects including improvement of the calibration for foraminifera, and assessment of the effects of diagenetic alteration. Over the next few years, work will continue on minimizing sample size requirements, while focusing on applying the proxy to marine sediments from various locations and time intervals, including the Pliocene (main focus of the CLIP project) and older Cenozoic intervals (with the C4T project).

The University seeks someone with hands-on experience in isotope geochemistry and foraminifera taxonomy, preferably with a background in Pliocene or earlier Cenozoic paleoclimate.


- Improving clumped isotope thermometry for small carbonate samples
- Sample preparation and clumped isotope mass spectrometry
- Co-supervision of master students
- Data interpretation in collaboration with climate modelers

Qualifications and personal qualities

The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within Earth Science or a related discipline or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.

The applicant should have hands-on experience in isotope geochemistry. Prior experience with clumped isotope thermometry would be an advantage.

The applicant should have good knowledge of foraminifera taxonomy, preferably from Pliocene or older Cenozoic time intervals, should be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others. The applicant should be proficient in both written and oral English.

About the position

The position of postdoctoral research fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is three years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

Upon appointment, applicants must submit a project proposal for the qualifying work including a work schedule. For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work will take place in consultation with the project/centre manager. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.


Application deadline is 31 October 2017. Details can be found here: