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[Met-jobs] Full/Associate Professor in Snow and Ice Physics

From Anna Sjøblom Coulson <>
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Date Thu, 28 Feb 2013 19:37:38 +0100

Faculty position in Arctic Geophysics at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

Full/Associate Professor in Snow and Ice Physics


The department of Arctic Geophysics is now seeking candidates for the position of Professor/Associate Professor in Snow and Ice Physics. Currently the department constitute 2 professors, 4 associate professors, 1 researcher, 1 post doctoral research fellow, 3 PhD students and 6 Adjunct Professors (20% position). The ACSO (Air-Cryosphere-Sea interaction Observation and modeling) group within the department focuses on the Air-Chryosphere-Sea interaction processes through observation and model experiments in close collaboration with the sea ice mechanics group in the department of Arctic Technology.

About UNIS

UNIS is a state-owned limited company with four of Norway’s universities represented on the board. UNIS is located in a modern working environment in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and is well equipped with both technical and scientific equipment and laboratories. The institution has an infrastructure for both marine and terrestrial field, lab and experimental research. The studies at UNIS are marketed internationally and all classes are offered in English. Approximately half of the staff and students are from abroad. In 2011 students from 31 countries were present at UNIS.

Description of the vacant position

We are seeking an applicant with a strong background in snow and ice physics to strengthen the air-cryosphere-sea interaction research within the Arctic Geophysics department and to continue the successful courses offered in snow and ice physics at UNIS. This scientific position will add the important branch of cryosphere with a focus on glaciers, ice sheets, snow cover and sea ice. Glacier mass balance and dynamics are affected by both atmospheric and oceanic processes. It is important to monitor chemical parameters, heat- and mass transfer, thermal regime and the distribution of temperature inside snow, glaciers and ice-sheets in order to understand the snow and ice dynamics of glaciers. Energy balance at the atmospheric-ice boundary has a direct, well-known relationship with glacier melt rates, whereas submarine melting due to the advection and entrainment of warm ocean water may be an equally important, but less well understood, process of mass loss. There is an urgent need to better understand the physical and dynamical processes behind the impact of snow- and ice masses on climate change. Boundary layer dynamics and air-cryosphere-sea interaction studies are needed to improve this knowledge. The successful candidate will therefore have experience in conducting fieldwork in Arctic conditions and be able to team up with physical- and chemical oceanographers and meteorologists.

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 teaching affiliated with this position includes responsibility for AGF212 "Snow and Ice Processes", as well as developing a new graduate course within the cryosphere field suitable for the Arctic Geophysics department. Please note that UNIS stresses the importance of field- and research based studies throughout our teaching programs at all levels. For further description see:

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.

Employment conditions for faculty positions at UNIS

The vacant position is fulltime, permanent within the Arctic Geophysics department.

Sixty per cent of the working time of full-time faculty at UNIS is reserved for research and professional development. In addition, staff is required to be involved in teaching, administration and the social community. Approximately 30 ECTS are linked to each full-time position at UNIS. Full-time staffs have both the professional and the administrative responsibility for one or more subject that are equivalent to 15 ECTS (primary subject). In addition they have a coordinating, administrative responsibility for a further 15 ECTS (secondary subject). External guest-lecturers augment the teaching in most courses to ensure complete and high-level instruction within each field of study.

All scientific staff is responsible for planning the content of their primary subject and must make all necessary arrangements with external guest lecturers, as well as preparing for, and coordinating, the stays of guest-lecturers coming to Svalbard. All faculty members are also responsible for budget compliance and financial follow-up for their primary subject and for providing continuity of contact with the students in their primary course. They must also provide assistance in handling these tasks in secondary courses assigned to them.

The successful candidate is expected to take an active part in the advancement of his/her field of research and must also be willing to contribute to the development of UNIS in a more general sense.

UNIS will offer

 Free arrival passage for you and your family, and relocation expenses associated with initiation of the engagement.

 Annual refund of expenses for trip related to vacation for you and your family.

 Membership in the Norwegian Public Pension Fund.

 Favorable conditions for sabbatical leave.


All salaries are set in accordance with the Norwegian government’s University salary scale. Full Professors are offered a gross salary within the scale of salary step 68 – 75

(NOK 572 400 – 655 100) in the University salary scale. Associate Professors are offered a gross salary within the scale of salary step 57 - 66 (NOK 468 100 – 552 400) in the University salary scale. In special cases a higher salary step can be considered. The salaries are depending on experience/seniority. As resident of Svalbard, an annual allowance of NOK 29 600 (Svalbardtillegg) will be added to staff salaries. A social Security contribution of 2 per cent to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted from the salary. Income tax on Svalbard is 8 per cent, plus 7.8 per cent toward National Insurance coverage.

Selection and appointment

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 A committee will evaluate the qualifications of the applicants. Based on the report, the top ranked person(s) will be invited for a trial lecture and an interview. The appointment will be made by the Board of UNIS, based on the recommendation from the evaluation committee, interview committee and the UNIS appointment committee. As UNIS would like to increase the percentage of females in academic positions, women are especially invited to apply.


Inquiries about this position may be directed to:

Associate Professor Frank Nilsen, phone: + 47 7902 3338, e-mail:

Deadline for applications is 2nd of April 2012

Please apply online on – vacant positions

In the end of the form, please attach:

 a full list of publications & previously held grants

 education, pedagogic or teaching certificates (including a list of previously supervised graduate and PhD students, where applicable)

 5 publications (authored or co-authored by the candidate) that he/she wants to have evaluated for consideration for appointment to this position

The committee may ask for further documentation of the scientific work described by the applicants.

You can request to have your application kept from public access cf. the open files act § 25. The request must be explained. UNIS will determine if the application will be kept from public access or not, based on the explanation and the regulations from the open files act. If the application will not be accepted, the candidate will be contacted


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