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Research possibilities for the SEAS postdoctoral research fellow in marine geology

The information on this page is a supplement to the complete advertisement of the position in the recruitment-portal Jobbnorge. The full advertisement of this position in Jobbnorge will be available after august 1, and linked from this webpage. Call deadline is October 31, 2021.



SEAS postdoctoral research fellow at Department of Earth Science

Research area

Marine geology


Professor Haflidi Haflidason and Associate Professor Christian Haug Eide


For an outgoing candidate

Unit of employment

Department of Earth Sciences at University of Bergen

Group affiliation(s)

Research group on Quaternary geology and Paleo Climate/Bergen Offshore Wind Center (BOW)/Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research


Thematic area and supervisors

This position is connected to Marine geology, with a main focus on sustainability, renewable energy, or geohazards relevant to the coast of Norway. The position is open to an outgoing candidate, see mobility rules. The successful candidate will be employed at the Department of Earth Science and included in the research group on Quaternary geology and Paleo Climate. The candidate will also be a part of the Bergen Offshore Wind Center (BOW) and the The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR). Information about the supervisors, research groups and research possibilities for the fellow is available below. For further details about the research possibilities please contact Professor Haflidi Haflidason or Associate Professor Christian Haug Eide

Research possibilities and resources 

Supervisors: Haflidi Haflidason is Professor in Marine Geology at the Dept. of Earth Science, University of Bergen, since 2003. He has been working on a wide range of marine geological sedimentary processes, stratigraphy and paleoceanography since 1980. Since 1990s, the research activities have also focused on slope stability and studies on submarine slides along the N-Western Europe margin within a number of EU projects and in 2000s, also included a cooperation with a number of oil and gas industry partners in the Storegga Slide region. In 2010s, the research focus on slope stability and submarine slide shifted to the West- and Mid Norwegian fjord systems in a close cooperation with the Governmental Road authorities related aiming increase our understanding of subsea slide frequency in Norwegian fjords. The most recent research focus is on an Academia project: “Marine geological site surveys for offshore wind installations”. Haflidason has been principal investigator (PI) on 60 national and international marine geological and geophysical research cruises, supervised or co-supervised 60 MSc and 20 PhD students, and has 145 publications (21 500 citations). Christian Haug Eide is an Associate Professor in sedimentology at the Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, since 2018. He finished his PhD on controls on shallow marine processes in 2014 and has since been conducting broad research in the field of clastic sedimentology. Haug Eide has been working on magma transport through sedimentary basins, the evolution of the Barents Sea, sediment transport in the Arctic, landslides in W Norway, and more recently on geological conditions for offshore wind. He is the leader of several research projects funded by the Norwegian Research Council (ISBAR, FueBAR), industry and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, and is work-package leader in the ERC-funded ITN-project S2S-Future. He is the supervisor of 5 PhDs, 1 postdoc and 5 MScs, and he and his students have won multiple awards for their work (J. Geol. Society’s Early Career Award 2017, 2 MSc’s have been awarded the Schlumberger/Geological society’s Earth Model Award).

Research groups/Centers: The supervisors have an established cooperation with the research groups and centers at the University of Bergen listed below.

  • The candidate will be affiliated to the Quaternary geology and Paleoclimate research group at the Department of Earth Science (https://www.uib.no/en/rg/quaternary).
  • The candidate will be a member of the Bergen Offshore Wind Center (BOW) (https://www.uib.no/en/bow). The BOW is a resource center contributing research and education at a high international level. The center address aspects related to resources, environment and technical solutions, as well as legal, economic and social aspects of offshore wind energy. The BOW center provides professional support and advice to industry, authorities and the society at large, as well as mobilizing and making UiB’s multi-discipline competence more visible.
  • The candidate will also be a member of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research – Understanding climate for the benefit for society (https://www.uib.no/en/bjerknes).

A collaboration with the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) (https://www.uib.no/en/cet) is also under consideration.

The choice of co-supervisor from another department (or national research/company partners) than the postdocs host department will be selected dependent on the submitted project profile.

National co-operation partners: A co-operation with the National Road Authorities is established through ongoing research projects on slope stability (slide size and frequency) related to planning of bridges across a number of fjords in West- and Mid Norway. On the same projects, a co-operation is also with NTNU on modeling and geotechnical aspects on slope stability in fjord basins. Another established co-operation is with Equinor, related to planning of offshore wind farms in the North Sea. In addition, the supervisors are in dialog with Frontica, a company developing innovative installation solutions for installation of offshore wind farms in areas of challenging seabed conditions. A dialog is planned with the electric network companies as Statnett and North Connect related to selection of safe cable routes in both fiords and outer coastal areas.

International co-operation partners: Depending on the focus of the submitted postdoctoral project, the international research and/or university partners hosting the candidate could be at the University of Kiel/GEOMAR, University of Bremen (MARUM), University of Southampton, or University of Durham.

See the full advertisement in Jobbnorge

The full advertisement in Jobbnorge will be available after august 1, 2021. Call deadline is October 31, 2021.