Two Research Fellowships Available

Date: 
12 September 2017
  1. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    Water Cycle Dynamics and Cryospheric Sciences
    University of Bergen
    Bergen, Norway

  2. PhD Research Fellowship
    Water Cycle Dynamics and Cryospheric Sciences
    University of Oslo
    Oslo, Norway


  1. Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
    Water Cycle Dynamics and Cryospheric Sciences
    University of Bergen
    Bergen, Norway

The Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen invites applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher in Water Cycle Dynamics and Cryospheric Sciences. This full-time, four-year fixed-term position will be located at the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway.

Application deadline: Sunday, 24 September 2017

The successful candidate will work with the SNOWPACE project which aims to identify where moisture sources for the Norwegian winter snow pack are located and how variable they are.

Duties of this position will include a combination of laboratory and field measurements from ship, stations, and surface snow transects and the development and use of advanced isotope-enabled atmospheric models for interpretation. In order to contribute to the larger aim of using stable isotopes to constrain the water cycle in atmospheric models, applicants should have a relevant background in the fields of stable isotope analysis and modeling, meteorology, climate, hydrology, glaciology, physics, or numerics.

Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree in related field, or have submitted their doctoral thesis for assessment, prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.

Qualification for this position include:

  • Knowledge of stable isotope processes on different time scales in theory and practice;
  • Experience in laboratory work and analytical procedures related to stable water isotopes;
  • Ability to participate in field work in challenging natural environments;
  • Experience in working with numerical weather prediction and trajectory models;
  • Technical expertise in scripting (Python, R, bash/shell) and/or programming (C++, FORTRAN);
  • Experience with Linux clusters, handling large datasets, and modeling environments;
  • Evidence of independent research and scientific writing skills;
  • Ability to work independently and willingness to cooperate with others; and
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

Applications must include:

  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests and how they pertain to the advertised position;
  • The names and contact information for two references, with one being the main advisor from the PhD program;
  • A curriculum vitae, including a publication list with any works of a scientific nature; and
  • Transcripts, diplomas, and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.

Applications must be submitted online, with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language. Applications sent by email to individuals will not be considered.

For more information about this position and to apply, go to:
https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/141326/postdoctoral-fello...

For more information about SNOWPACE, go to:
http://www.uib.no/en/rg/meten/109877/snowpace

For questions, contact:
Harald Sodemann
Email: harald.sodemann [at] gfi.uib.no (mailto:)


  1. PhD Research Fellowship
    Water Cycle Dynamics and Cryospheric Sciences
    University of Oslo
    Oslo, Norway

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo invites applications for a PhD Research Fellow in cryospheric sciences and atmospheric water cycle dynamics. This full-time, three-year fixed-term position will be located at the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway.

Application deadline: Sunday, 24 September 2017

Duties of this position will be centered around the collection of snow samples and the analysis of water vapor source regions for the snow pack measurements using different model tools and will include a combination of laboratory and field measurements from ship, stations, and surface transects and the development and use of advanced isotope-enabled atmospheric models for interpretation. Work will be conducted in close coordination with a postdoctoral research position at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen.

This position will be hosted within the Land-ATmosphere Interactions in Cold Environments (LATICE) research group, together with scientists with expertise on permafrost, hydrology, vegetation, and atmospheric modeling. LATICE is a strategic research area by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo dedicated to improving knowledge on cold environment processes and their representation in Earth System Models (ESMs).

The successful candidate must have a M.Sc. or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian Master degree in Geosciences, or a related Physical Sciences discipline (e.g., Physics, Mathematics, or Computer Sciences) with demonstrated knowledge of earth sciences.

Qualifications for this position include:

  • A M.S. or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian Master degree in Geosciences or a related Physical Sciences discipline (e.g., Physics, Mathematics, or Computer Sciences) with demonstrated knowledge of earth sciences;
  • Technical expertise in scripting (e.g. Python, R) or programming (e.g. C, C++);
  • Experience with Linux clusters, handling large datasets, and modeling environments;
  • Good writing and communication skills;
  • Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research; and
  • A good command of English.

Previous experience with any of the following should be highlighted:

  • Knowledge of stable isotope processes on different time scales in theory and practice;
  • Experience in laboratory work and knowledge of analytical procedures, in particular in relation to water isotopes;
  • Creative approach to fieldwork in challenging natural environments;
  • Participation and readiness for fieldwork, including ship and Alpine environments; and
  • Previous experience with numerical weather prediction models, numerical parameterization, numerics, or programming.

Applications must include:

  • A letter of application;
  • A curriculum vitae summarizing education, previous positions, and academic work, including scientific publications;
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records, and letters of recommendation;
  • Documentation of English proficiency;
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee; and
  • Names and contact details of two to three references, including name, relation to candidate, email address, and telephone number.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system.

For more information about this position and to apply, go to:
https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/141509/phd-research-fello...

For questions, contact:
John Burkhart
Email: john.burkhart [at] geo.uio.no