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[Met-jobs] 3 Postdoc positions in sea-ice and atmospheric physics at Norwegian Polar Institute

From Gunnar Spreen <>
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Date Fri, 16 May 2014 16:21:24 +0200

3 Postdoc positions at the Norwegian Polar Institute

Study sea-ice and atmospheric processes in the changing Arctic

At the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) there is an opportunity for promising researchers to join an exciting new project that will go to the High Arctic next year to study physical and biological processes in the new Arctic system, dominated by younger, thinner sea ice. If you feel that could be you, you could join the Norwegian Young Ice project (N-ICE2015) in one of three postdoc positions now available.

Job description
The positions are funded for two years and can be extended for up to two additional years, if further funding can be secured. We would like people to start on 1 October 2014.

The work will begin with final preparations in the autumn for the main field activity in the project, which will be a six-month ship-based campaign in the sea ice north of Svalbard. During most of the field work, the ship, R/V Lance, will be frozen into the ice, drifting with it. You will be expected to join for one or two periods of up to six weeks. After the field campaign, we will work on analyzing the data and publishing data and results, with a focus on understanding physical processes important to the Arctic system now and in the future. 

You will be working with an international team of senior and early career scientists studying sea-ice and snow physics, atmospheric science, oceanography, biology and biogeochemistry. Interdisciplinary research is encouraged. It is expected that the three positions announced here will have significant collaboration with each other.

Atmospheric physics position:
A position in atmospheric science will focus primarily on clouds in the Arctic and their impact on the surface energy budget. You will carry out, analyze and publish cloud lidar, eddy covariance, radiosonde and other atmospheric measurements. The primary supervisors are Stephen Hudson at NPI and Von P. Walden at Washington State University.

Sea-ice mass balance position
A position in sea-ice physics will focus primarily on the mass balance of sea ice and snow and their physical properties. You will carry out, analyze and publish sea-ice and snow thickness measurements with traditional methods, surface and airborne electromagnetics, and buoys, along with sampling the physical properties of the snow and ice as it develops. The primary supervisor is Sebastian Gerland at NPI.

Sea-ice dynamics position
A position in sea-ice physics will focus primarily on the dynamics and deformation of sea ice and the connection to the ocean and atmosphere boundary layers. You will carry out, analyze and publish sea-ice dynamics measurements from both buoys and satellite remote sensing, also in connection with sea-ice forecast models. The primary supervisors are Gunnar Spreen at NPI and Nick Hughes at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.


  • You hold a PhD in a field closely related to the position's research focus
  • You have some polar or related field experience and are interested in obtaining more experience
  • You are enthusiastic about the research topics and have a desire to play an important role in this project
  • You have the relevant scientific experience to contribute meaningfully to the work; experience with the methods we will use is an advantage
  • You can demonstrate your ability to publish high quality scientific articles in international journals

See the full announcements via links below for official descriptions of necessary and desired qualifications. 

The Norwegian Polar Institute
NPI is Norway's central governmental institution for scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and Antarctic. As a directorate under The Ministry of Climate and Environment, we are also responsible for advising the Norwegian authorities on matters concerning polar topics. The research department has about 70 scientists and PhD students from around the world studying a very wide variety of topics related to the biological and physical systems in these regions. The N-ICE2015 project is currently a major investment and focus for the department ( NPI is part of the Fram Centre, an interdisciplinary collaboration of 20 government and private research institutions.

NPI and these positions are based in Tromsø. A major regional centre, Tromsø is home to 70,000 people and is growing each year. Surrounded by mountains and sea, it's a paradise for outdoors enthusiasts, but with a university with 10,000 students, a major hospital and many research and development institutions, it is also a very diverse city with a vibrant entertainment and cultural scene. At 70°N, you'll experience the northern lights and midnight sun with a far more pleasant climate than you'd expect.

A workplace you'll enjoy
The Nordic countries lead the way in work-life balance. NPI offers a work environment you'll enjoy at work and at play. 

  • An interdisciplinary, active and international research department
  • Personal development opportunities including the ability to take courses (scientific, field, Norwegian language), attend workshops and conferences, and be active in field work
  • A family-friendly workplace
  • An employees' association that arranges outings, parties and dinners for employees and their families
  • In-house squash court and sauna and the possibility to use two working hours per week for exercise
  • Flex time and good vacation time

The starting salary under the current government contract is 473,400 NOK per year (approximately US $80,000 per year).

Complete and official details about the positions and how to apply are in the links below. The application deadlines are in early June. Relevant contact information for each position is included in the announcements at these links:

Atmospheric physics:

Sea ice mass balance:

Sea ice dynamics:

We look forward to your application. 

Gunnar Spreen, on behalf of
Harald Steen, project leader, and the N-ICE2015 team

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