PhD Position in Arctic Rift Basin Geology at University Centre in Svalbard, Norway 2011

The Department of Arctic Geology of the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) has a vacancy for a PhD position for four years within the bedrock group. UNIS provides education and carries out scientific research based in Svalbard within the high Arctic, and benefits greatly from this geographical location. Approximately half of the staff and students are from abroad, and all teaching is in English. UNIS is located in a new building in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, with very good access to modern laboratories and equipment. UNIS is a state-owned limited company. For more information about Svalbard please see ‘About Svalbard’ We seek a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual with strong academic records that has collaborative ability to work successfully within a project team. The work will focus on the structural and depositional setting of Carboniferous and Triassic extensional rift basins that are developed in the Barents Sea Platform and Svalbard. Studies will include; (i) geological field work describing basin characteristics such as fault growth and sedimentary fill, and (ii) offshore/onshore well and seismic facies studies. The focus is on Carboniferous and Triassic rift basins, with work addressing; 1) identification and nature of depositional sequences, 2) depositional environment reflected in the basin fill, 3) structural style of the rift basins, and 4) the link between basin fills and rift phases. A particular focus will be on the offshore-onshore link in the northern part of Barents Sea, aiming to get a better understanding of the rift development in time and space. Field work will be carried out both in late winter/early spring and during the summer season. Well and seismic studies will be carried out in-house by modern work stations and software (e.g. Petrel). The Ph.D. study will be performed in close collaboration with the supervision committee: Snorre Olaussen (professor, principal supervisor, UNIS), Alvar Braathen (professor, UNIS), Jan Inge Faleide (professor, University of Oslo).

The appointed candidate must have a Master degree or equivalent in sedimentology and/or structural geology, preferably with experience in seismic interpretation. Good oral and written skills in English are important. Documented experience in the use of geological work stations (preferentially Petrel) and geological field work will be emphasised. Note that the field work will require camping in the High Arctic, and strenuous hiking partly in steep terrain. Admission to the doctoral program at one of the Norwegian mainland universities is a condition for employment in the position as PhD student. The final plan for researcher education must be approved and a contract signed with the mainland University at the latest six months after commencement. The application will be prepared by the candidate in close collaboration with the supervisors.

Scholarship Deadline: October 25th, 2011

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