Department of Earth Science,  University of Bergen, Norway. 

The University of Bergen Department of Earth Science has a vacancy for a PhD Research Fellow in Remote Sensing and Glaciology. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years with the possibility of a 4th year with compulsory other work (e.g. teaching duties at the Department). The position is funded by University of Bergen although the successful candidate will also contribute to ongoing projects at the Department of Earth Science. 

Application deadline 25 August 2021.

About the project/work tasks

The Quaternary geology and Paleoclimate research group has numerous projects connected to studying past glaciological and environmental conditions. The group has recently began to compliment their analyses by utilising remote sensing and geomatics techniques, including the intercomparison of DEMs to derive glacier geodetic mass balances and volume changes, artificial intelligence to characterise landforms and landscapes, and time series analysis to better understand short-term landscape dynamics. The group’s primary focus is on the Polar regions, although several researchers are also active to some degree in the Himalayas, Iceland, and the Chilean Andes. This PhD position will serve to connect state of the art remote sensing methodologies with ongoing research areas. In particular, the PhD position could involve the use of remote sensing to not only investigate short-term glacial changes (such as volume changes and stagnation) but to also use techniques such as machine learning or Object-Based Image Analysis (OBIA) for mapping glaciological signatures left in the landscape from previous glacier extents. Through discussion with the lead supervisor, the student will be able to help to develop the research objectives and choose the study locations. This work will also be actively supported by a broad network of collaborators working in various glaciological regions.


Qualifications and personal qualities

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent education in Earth Science, Physical Geography or Geomatics, or must have submitted his/her master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Experience working with remote sensing data and GIS is required.
  • Experience related to specific remote sensing methods such as photogrammetry and topographic analysis, machine learning, or programming (such as python) is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and demonstrate good collaborative skills.
  • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the PhD position

About the PhD Research Fellow
The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with the possibility for a 4th year, consisting of 25 % compulsory work (e.g. teaching responsibilities at the department) distributed over the employment period. The 4th year is contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the department and will be decided by the head of department upon appointment.
The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a qualifying post (e.g. research fellow, research assistant).

About the research training
As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your position or after the start of the research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.

Application deadline 25 August 2021.

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