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[Met-jobs] Full/ Associate Professor in Chemical Oceanography at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

From Anna Sjøblom <>
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Date Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:26:05 +0100


*Full/ Associate Professor in Chemical Oceanography at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) *



We are now seeking applicants with a strong background in chemical and physical oceanography to further strengthen and extend the cooperation within the ACSO group and between UNIS and national and international partners. This new scientific position will add the important branch of chemical oceanography to the existing department research by introducing the use of tracers to improve our understanding of ocean mixing (isopycnal and diapycnal mixing), ocean circulation and residence time in the ocean (thermohaline circulation), and the sensitivity of the climate system. There is an urgent need to understand the role of oceans in relation to modulating sources and sinks of anthropogenic CO2, the role of biogeochemical processes, and to gain an understanding of changes in carbon sources and sinks and their interaction with climactic changes. Hence, boundary layer dynamics and air-ice-sea interaction studies are needed to improve this knowledge. The successful candidate will therefore have experience in conduction fieldwork in Arctic conditions and be able to team up with physical oceanographers and meteorologists.


The field of expertise of all applicants will be evaluated in relation to the existing plans and research profiles of the department (see our web pages at The appointed person is expected to take an active role in the advancement of his / her field of research. The appointed person will conduct research within the scope of the Department of Arctic Geophysics at UNIS and is expected to participate in the supervision of master- and PhD students in cooperation with the other universities. The person will also be responsible for one or two undergraduate or post graduate courses. The teaching affiliated with this position includes responsibility for AGF214 “Polar Ocean Climate”, as well as developing a new course in polar chemical oceanography. Please note that UNIS stresses the importance of field studies throughout our teaching programs at all levels. For all positions at the department, experience from Svalbard and other polar areas will be of importance.

UNIS as an academic institution carries significant responsibilities in research and teaching, with a curriculum that includes training of Masters and Doctorate students.



Applicants for the position must be able to document their qualifications as Full or Associate Professor. To be considered for the position of Associate Professor a Ph.D. in an appropriate field, or its equivalent, is the minimum requirement. Professor qualifications must be documented as UNIS does not evaluate applicants for professorships. Furthermore, the applicant’s background from previous work on Svalbard and other Arctic regions will be assessed, as well as their pedagogic qualifications. Applicants are also requested to document their pedagogic qualifications and experience. It is important that the person who is appointed has the ability to work independently, has a positive attitude and is flexible. A well-established international network is desirable in order to strengthen the internationalization of the teaching offered at UNIS.



For further details see




/Anna Sjöblom





Dr. Anna Sjöblom Coulson

Associate Professor, Meteorology

The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

PB 156

N-9171 Longyearbyen



Telephone: +47 7902 3339 / +47 7902 3300

Telefax: +47 7902 3301




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