Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway.

Positions as Researcher and PhD Research Fellow in glaciology are available at the University of Oslo's Department of Geosciences. Both are part of the project “Global glacier modelling: Do non-linear feedbacks matter for century-scale projections?” funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Application deadline 1 September 2021.


Researcher in glaciology

The appointment is a fulltime position for a period of 3 years with possible extension for up to another 6 months, depending on the final contracting with the funding agency. Targeted starting date is January 1, 2022 but the exact date can be negotiated.

The position, which requires a doctoral degree, is part of the project “Global glacier modelling: Do non-linear feedback matter for century-scale projections?” funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The successful applicant will – together with two PhD students - contribute to global-scale modeling of glaciers (outside the ice sheets) using the global model PyGEM with the ultimate goal to make global-scale glacier mass change projections based on an ensemble of climate projections. The successful candidate will have a great deal of freedom to shape the exact methodology, modeling experiments and research questions of the project within the overarching topic of global glacier modeling. Topics may include but are not limited to improving the model physics, for example, with respect to calving or dynamic adjustments, investigating the effects of climate feedbacks and dynamic instabilities (surges) on large-scale projections, exploring innovative methods to assimilate available in-situ and remote sensing data products including GRACE for model input and validation, possibly including machine-learning, and assessing the sensitivity of projections to climate forcing. Results may be analyzed with respect to the contribution of glaciers to sea-level rise and/or runoff. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to the supervision of the two PhD students in the project.

The researcher will be involved in the international Glacier Model Intercomparison Project GlacierMIP, and thus have ample opportunities for national and international collaboration, including in particular collaboration with PYGEM developer, Dr. David Rounce at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

No fieldwork is anticipated directly for this project, but possibilities to gain field experience may well arise within other projects in the group. Funding is available for conference attendances and research visits with external collaborators.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition is to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for this position will be selected in accordance with this.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in geosciences, physics, computer science, environmental sciences, engineering, mathematics or any other relevant field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • The candidate must have a strong quantitative background and extensive experience in programing (Python/Matlab or similar), experience with handling large data set as well as a strong interest in glaciology.
  • Previous experience in glaciology and numerical modeling are highly desirable.
  • Postdoctoral experience and experience in remote sensing are an advantage.
  • The candidate must have proof of excellence in research as demonstrated through publication of manuscripts in high-impact refereed journals and presentations at scholarly conferences. The candidate’s publication record must show evidence of creativity and capability of independent research.
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English is required.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently while having the ability to actively communicate and co-operate within the larger research team.

Application deadline 1 September 2021.

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PhD Research Fellow in glaciology

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years for research towards a PhD degree. Pending on a separate application for those accepted into the PhD program, the contract period may be extended by the equivalent of maximum 1 year to include teaching obligations (25% per year). Candidates should indicate their interest in and experience with teaching in their applications for this fellowship. 

Starting date can be earlier but no later than January 15, 2022.

 The PhD position is part of the project “Global glacier modelling: Do non-linear feedbacks matter for century-scale projections” funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The successful applicant will – together with another PhD student and a postdoctoral researcher - contribute to global-scale modeling of glaciers (outside the ice sheets) using the global model PyGEM with the ultimate goal to make global-scale glacier mass change projections based on an ensemble of climate projections.

The PhD student will have a great deal of freedom in shaping the exact methodology, modeling experiments and research questions of the project within the overarching topic of global glacier modeling. Topics may include but are not limited to improving the model physics, for example, with respect to calving or dynamic adjustments, investigating the effects of climate feedbacks and dynamic instabilities (surges) on large-scale projections, exploring innovative methods to assimilate available in-situ and remote sensing data products including GRACE for model input and validation, possibly including machine-learning, and assessing the sensitivity of projections to climate forcing.

Results may be analyzed with respect to the contribution of glaciers to sea-level rise and/or runoff. The student will be involved in the international Glacier Model Intercomparison Project GlacierMIP, and thus have ample opportunities for national and international collaboration, including in particular collaboration with PYGEM developer, Dr. David Rounce at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

No fieldwork is anticipated directly for this project, but possibilities to gain field experience may well arise within other projects in the group. Funding is available for conference attendance, research visits with external collaborators as well as participation in summer schools or suitable classes elsewhere.

The PhD student will join a growing, lively, international research group focused on cryospheric sciences, hydrology, remote sensing, geohazards and geomatics (https://www.mn.uio.no/geo/english/about/organisation/geohyd/).

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in geosciences, physics, computer science, mathematics, environmental sciences, engineering, or any related field. Candidates without a Master’s degree must complete their degree requirements prior to the start of the position.
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • The candidate should have a strong quantitative background and experience in programing (Python/Matlab or similar) as well as a strong interest in geoscience, in particular glaciology. Previous experience in glaciology, numerical modeling and handling of large data set are desirable.

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • English requirements for applicants from outside of EU/ EEA countries

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. 

Application deadline 1 September 2021.
 

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