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07 Fully Funded PhD Positions at University of Bergen, Norway

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Are you holding Master’s degree and ready to elevate your academic journey to the highest level? University of Bergen, Norway, has announced a multiple fully funded PhD positions awaiting talented individuals like you. Don’t miss your chance to be part of our vibrant academic community. Explore the exciting PhD positions available and submit your application today!”

Candidates interested in fully funded PhD positions can check the details and may apply as soon as possible. 


(01) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:–Two PhD positions in the project “Contested frontiers of settler states”

There are vacancies for two PhD positions at the Department of Comparative Politics.

Each position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years. Of that period, at least 75% will be devoted to PhD training and research as an integral member of the exciting ERC project “Contested Frontiers: Understanding the constitutional politics of settler-state peripheries” (ConFront). The other 25% may involve teaching, supervision, and administrative tasks at the department.

The project combines political theory, constitutional law, and comparative politics to understand efforts – usually by Indigenous peoples versus settlers/states – to (re)constitute frontier jurisdictions, especially in the North American Arctic, Fennoscandic north, U.S. Pacific, and Australian tropics. ConFront consists of five team members led by the department’s associate professor of Arctic governance, Aaron Spitzer.

The successful candidates will be based in Bergen, ideally beginning autumn 2024. They will actively collaborate with other team members (including co-writing academic articles); will help conduct fieldwork and research dissemination in frontier regions; will assist with administrative responsibilities related to the project (including organization of workshops, writing deliverables, and data management); and will  participate in the department’s Indigenous Peoples and Governance in the Arctic research group.

Candidates are expected to propose and execute a PhD research plan contributing to ConFront’s objectives. A general overview of ConFront can be found here. More specific project details are available from the project leader.

Deadline : 5th August 2024

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(02) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD position at Centre for Complex Conditions and Ageing (CC.AGE)

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of  Global Public Health and Primary Care (IGS), a full-time PhD position is available for a period of four (4) years or max 4 months after completed the PhD degree, if this is achieved within a shorter time than four years. The positions include 25 % required duties such as teaching, exam work or supervision, depending on the demands at the department.

The position is funded by the University of Bergen (UiB) and is a part of the recently established Centre for Complex Conditions and Ageing (CC.AGE), financed by the Trond Mohn Foundation. CC.AGE is a part of the Centre for Elderly and Nursing Home Medicine (SEFAS), led by Professor Bettina S. Husebø. SEFAS has 15 employees and is growing rapidly with several new researcher positions. SEFAS has its offices at the Alrek Health Cluster with high focus on innovation, interprofessional collaboration, user involvement, and collaboration with industry partners. CC.AGE has close collaboration with the Department of Informatics, UiB; Centre for Nutrition, Department of Clinical Medicine, UiB, and Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting in Health (BCEPS), UiB.

CC.AGE started in February 2024 and aims to support older adults to live safely and independently at home by exploring and developing relevant technology. The centre will encompass 7 PhD and postdoctoral research fellows. This PhD position will be dedicated to evaluate if various sensors can provide valid information on health status in older adults with complex chronic conditions at home, in addition to develop and test digital psychological and social interventions for this target group. Moreover, the candidate will contribute with the execution of an RCT exploring if a digital platform will improve resource utilization and quality of life in home dwelling elderly persons with complex chronic conditions. The project is expected to produce results of high clinical relevance that qualify for publications in international renowned peer-reviewed scientific journals. SEFAS facilitates scientific career building with a long-term perspective.

Deadline :3rd June 2024

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(03) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD-position (4 years)

  • Supervise collection of data and samples in indigenous communities in Guatamala in contact with representatives of the local communities
  • First author publications on occupational and environmental risks, and their relation to health outcomes, based on the collected data and measurements from the collected samples
  • Contribute with practical work related to the biobank and measurements in collected samples
  • Provide information from the study process and results to the study participants and the local communities, and provide information from the study that can be used in policy briefs to stakeholders

Deadline : 1st June 2024

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(04) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD position in space physics and atmospheric dynamics

The candidate will work in the research group in space physics focusing on particle precipitation. The group explores how energetic particle precipitation can affect the chemistry and dynamics of the neutral atmosphere in the polar region. Energetic electrons and protons, trapped in the Earth’s magnetic field, can collide with gases in the atmosphere. These collisions initiate several chemical reactions leading to the production of NOx and HOx gases, which in turn can reduce the ozone concentration. Ozone is important in the energy budget at these altitudes. Hence changing the concentration of ozone at 50 km affects temperature, winds, and wave propagation in complex feedback loops. The project seeks to study how the impact of energetic electron precipitation depends on the atmospheric state. The middle atmosphere has cooled and mean meridional circulation has accelerated in recent decades resulting from climate change. The pathways how this can influence the responses related to particle precipitation is still largely unknown. The work will involve use of chemistry-climate model WACCM. This is a unique opportunity to work in a challenging and cross-disciplinary project which will enhance our understanding on how the Earth’s atmosphere is linked to space.

Deadline : 1st June 2024

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(05) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD Research Fellow in microbial ecology.

The PhD project will address different aspects of microbial ecology and evolution. In particular, working with laboratory experiments and computer simulations, the candidate will investigate mechanisms regulating biodiversity and food web functions. Possible research foci include virus-host interaction dynamics and co-evolution under different environmental conditions, as well as analyses of natural microbial communities and change in dominant taxa under varying conditions. RAS (resirculating aquaculture systems) facilities may be used. Central to the research project will be to address the role of life strategy trade-offs in structuring microbial communities. The candidate will be responsible to design and execute a research plan with support from supervisors and technical staff.

Deadline :1st June 2024

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(06) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD position in Language Technology at MediaFutures

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to join our research team in WP5 on Norwegian Language Technologies. As a PhD researcher, you will work at the forefront of responsible media technologies, exploring innovative approaches to generate news content using advanced language technology methods. This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to innovative research and make a meaningful impact in the field. The primary task of this position will be to develop novel techniques for generating Norwegian news articles. This involves creating resources that adapt lexical, grammatical, and stylistic choices based on various parameters, including user profiles, cognitive accessibility, media characteristics (such as screen size), and journalistic formats. We are also interested in exploring how news content can be versioned and adapted dynamically. This includes tailoring news articles to different user preferences and user segments, ensuring readability, and optimizing content delivery across various platforms. We envision the use of generative large language models in solving this task. We expect that the candidate will explore how these models can be fine-tuned for news generation while maintaining ethical and responsible practices. The position also offers the opportunity to collaborate with industry partners and gather domain-specific datasets. This real-world collaboration will enhance the relevance and impact of the produced research.

The PhD candidate will work at MediaFutures in Work Package 5 and will co-operate with researchers and partners in the work package, including the Language Technology Group at the University of Oslo, the National Library of Norway, Schibsted, Amedia, and TV 2. In addition to relevant researchers and partners in other work packages.

Deadline : 25th May 2024

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(07) Fully Funded PhD Position 

PhD position summary/title:– PhD position in structure-based RNA-ligand design

The vast majority of targets for approved drugs are proteins. In recent years, it has been increasingly realized that also RNA molecules constitute promising targets. However, compared to protein targets, RNA targets are vastly underexplored. By targeting RNA, the functions of currently undruggable protein-mediated pathways and the non-coding transcriptome can be modulated and thus the size of the druggable genome can be increased substantially. A major obstacle in RNA-targeting drug discovery is the lack of knowledge on how to obtain drug-like RNA ligands. The main goal of this project is therefore to establish a blueprint on how to design drug-like, potent, selective, and functional RNA ligands based on the 3D structure of the target and to advance our understanding of what drives potency and selectivity of RNA ligands on the molecular level. Focusing on RNA targets that contain druggable binding site will allow us to transfer methods that are at the forefront in structure-based design in the protein field to RNA. For that purpose, we have chosen two emerging targets for antibiotics, the FMN and TPP riboswitches (genetic switches in bacterial mRNA), as model systems. Hit compounds will be advanced through “design-synthesis-test” cycles and extensively characterized in terms of binding affinity and kinetics, functional activity, selectivity, and binding modes. This will deliver detailed knowledge about RNA-ligand interactions which is crucial to advance RNA-targeted drug discovery. In addition, the project will deliver advanced starting points for antibiotic drug discovery. We anticipate that this study will lead to a paradigm shift in the RNA field away from the currently rather unsuccessful “one size fits all” approach to a more target-centred approach where the nature of the binding site is taken into account.

Deadline : 21st May 2024

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About University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway- Official Website

The University of Bergen (Norwegian: Universitetet i Bergen, Urban East Norwegian: [ʉnɪvæʂɪˈtèːtə ɪ ˈbæ̀rɡn̩]) is a research-intensive state university located in Bergen, Norway. The university today has over 4,000 employees and 18,000 students. It was established by an act of parliament in 1946 based on several older scientific institutions dating back to 1825, and is Norway’s second oldest university. It is considered one of Norway’s four “established universities” and has faculties and programmes in all the fields of a classical university including fields that are traditionally reserved by law for established universities, including medicine and law. It is also one of Norway’s leading universities in many natural sciences, including marine research and climate research. It is consistently ranked in the top one percentage among the world’s universities, usually among the best 200 universities[2] and among the best 10 or 50 universities worldwide in some fields such as earth and marine sciences. It is part of the Coimbra Group and of the U5 group of Norway’s oldest and highest ranked universities.



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