Postdoc Position in Meteorology/ Climate (Norway) Deadline: April 20, 2019

University of Oslo

Application Deadline

April 20, 2019

Program Commencement

July 01, 2019

Duration of the Program

Up to 4 Years

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Program Details

The University of Oslo is the oldest university in Norway, located in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The university has approximately 27,700 students and employs around 6,000 people.

The Department of Geosciences, Meteorology Oceanography Section, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University invites applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Meteorology/ Climate. The Department of Geosciences is Norway’s widest ranging academic geoscience research environment, encompassing four sections (Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes) and one Centre of Excellence (Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics). The appointment is a full-time position and is made for a period of up to four years, 25 % of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities.

The Postdoc position will be carried out within the Research Council of Norway Toppforsk project “VIKINGS: Volcanic Eruptions and their Impacts on Climate, Environment, and Viking Society in 500-1250 CE”. This multi-disciplinary project aims to understand the role of volcanic eruptions and climate change in shaping the early history of Europe. The VIKINGS project seeks to reveal the climate of the early historic period and resolve how volcanic eruptions and their environmental impacts facilitated societal changes during the Viking era.

The Postdoc will investigate climate and environmental changes of large volcanic eruptions during 500-1250 CE using a complex Earth System Climate Model. The candidate will investigate the effects of a revised volcanic forcing for this period comparing model data with new and available climate proxies such as tree ring, lake sediments, petrology and ice core proxies as well as archaeology records to gain new insights of the climate and variability during this era. S/he will have a strong focus on Earth System Climate Modelling. 

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Eligibility/ Requirements

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Meteorology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Physics, Paleo Climate, and or in related fields.
  • Candidates with research experience and knowledge in volcanic eruptions effects on climate, atmospheric dynamics, and/or atmosphere-ocean-sea ice interactions will be given priority.
  • Technical skills in running General Circulation Models and programming as well as in graphical and statistical tools (e.g. Fortran, python, Matlab, R) are mandatory for this position.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

Additional qualifications:

  • Experiences in earth system or climate modelling, analyses of those model data or paleo climate proxies will be advantageous for the Post-doc position.
  • Experience in teaching and in a Scandinavian language will be advantageous.
  • The Postdoc should be highly motivated to work in a multi-disciplinary research field and team and be willing to exchange with national and international project collaborators including potential research stays abroad.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

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Application Process

Read the guidelines carefully before applying.

The application must include:

  • Cover letter with a statement of the motivation related to the project, summarizing scientific work and research interest.
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity).
  • Copies of educational certificates, academic transcript of records and letters of recommendation.
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English.

For further information please contact Professor Kirstin Krüger, kirstin.krueger@geo.uio.no, Phone: +47 228 55811.

For technical question regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer; Ørjan Pretorius, orjan.pretorius@mn.uio.no

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