PhD Candidate in Precambrian Tectonics/Geochemistry/Ore Geology

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    UiT The Arctic University of Norway
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    19/07/2018 21:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Norway › Tromsø

A PhD position is available within the Solid Earth Research Group at the Department of Geosciences. The appointment is for a period of 4 years, and the nominal length of the PhD program is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % of each year, and will consist of teaching or other duties for the department.


The PhD position is for a fixed term, with the objective of completion of research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to a PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position. The PhD candidate shall participate in the faculty’s organized research training, and the PhD project shall be completed during the period of employment. Information about the application process for admission to the PhD programme, application form and regulations for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) are available at the following address: NT-Faculty.


The position’s field of research

The research project covers multidisciplinary fields of Precambrian tectonics, geochemistry and geochronology. The main goal of the project is to provide better knowledge of the formation of Precambrian basement rocks in Western Troms and Finnmark, northern Norway, and their potential correlation with the Fennoscandian (Kola, Finland, Sweden) and Laurentian basins, tested in light of geodynamic models. A favored research approach will be to compare and correlate the high-grade metamorphic volcanic, sedimentary and carbonate-containing rocks of different Precambrian areas, but also to understand the magmatic/intrusive and metamorphic history as well as the structural evolution of the volcano-sedimentary units. Preferable correlation methods may include: 1) tectonic-structural, stratigraphical and sedimentological(facies, provenance) studies of sedimentary and volcanic rocks, 2) geochemical study including a trace element study on whole rock analyses and heavy minerals by laser ablation ICP-MS and C-isotope study on clastic carbonate rocks, 3) radiometric dating of igneous and metamorphic events in the Precambrian rocks.

The project will include extensive fieldwork in northern Norway and laboratory work in Norway and abroad. The research fellow should also sample and analyze sedimentary rocks, carbonates and mafic volcanic rocks for further analysis by using a wide spectrum of analytical methods (XRD, SEM/EBSD, SEM/EDS+WDS, LA-ICP-MS), and radiometric dating (zircons, chromite and magnetite).

Offer Requirements


It is required for the successful candidate to have a Master degree or equivalent in hard rock geology with a strong background in tectonics, geochemistry, geochronology and/or petrology, and must have documented fieldwork and laboratory work experience associated with his/her master project. Hands-on experience with isotope or/and trace elements in heavy minerals and with statistical analysis using software tools (Excel, Matlab or R) will be beneficial.


In addition, he/she must be able to document proficiency in English equivalent to Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification, refer to the website about PhD regulations at UiT.


The project involves extensive fieldwork in northern Norway. It is expected that the successful candidate is able and willing to participate in physically demanding field and teaching campaigns of up to several weeks each year.


Willingness to do longer visits to international and national partner institutions is expected. The project is carried out in collaboration with researchers in the US, Russia, and Canada, and the successful candidate must be able and willing to spend significant amounts of time for lab analyses, data analysis, and scientific collaboration, including comparable field work abroad. The Faculty of Science and Technology encourages and supports stays abroad for PhD students. Experience with teaching, scientific publication, conference presentations, and grant applications will be regarded as positive.


Emphasis shall also be attached to personal suitability. We value positive attitude, flexibility, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.


During the assessment process, emphasis will be put on your potential for research as shown by the Master’s thesis, the project description, and any other academic works. In addition, we may consider work experience, teaching qualifications or other activities of significance for the PhD studies.

Work location(s)
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UiT The Arctic University of Norway
N-9037 Tromsø, Norway

EURAXESS offer ID: 317003