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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Oslo (Norway)

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:32:50 +0000

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Position as postdoctoral research fellow (SKO 1352) is available at the 
Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo <>.

The fellowship will be for a period of 3 years, with 10% compulsory work 
contingent on the qualifications of the candidate and the teaching needs of the 
department. Preferred starting date is before 1 April 2017. No one can be 
appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

The successful candidate will work in the LATICE ("Land-ATmosphere Interactions 
in Cold Environments") research group with scientists with expertise within 
various disciplines related to observing, analyzing and parameterization of the 
land surface. LATICE is recognized as a strategic research area by the Faculty 
of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, dedicated to improving our knowledge on 
cold environment processes and their representation in Earth System Models 
(ESMs). The research focuses on cold-regions exchange processes and 
particularly aims to advance the knowledge base concerning land-atmosphere 
interactions and their role in controlling climate variability and climate 
change at high northern latitudes. LATICE plays a key role in integrating the 
research and field activities of the various disciplines of the department and 
nationally, including the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere and the 
cryosphere. A common approach is to tightly integrate field observations in 
model development. For more information, see the LATICE web site:

The postdoctoral research fellow will be part of a motivated research team with 
a high number of early career scientists working together in a highly 
interdisciplinary environment. The candidate will play an active role in the 
supervision of PhD students and provide integrating activity across the PhD 
topics. She/he will be provided leadership opportunities within LATICE.

Project description:
The strength of the coupling between the land surface and the atmosphere has 
large regional variations, depending on climate and land cover characteristics, 
including their spatial and temporal variability, e.g. in snow cover, 
vegetation or soil wetness. There is also large variability in the simulations 
of water and energy fluxes among land surface models and for different 
configurations. The Postdoctoral candidate will compare the role and strength 
of land-atmosphere coupling for different land surfaces and states, and assess 
the sensitivity in the strength of the coupling to anomalies in meteorological 
(e.g. precipitation and temperature) and hydrological variables. This may 
include running models using different model set-ups, comparing coupled versus 
off-line model runs and testing the overall sensitivity to model 
parametrization vs. changes in surface conditions. The latter include 
evaluating the resultant impact on water and energy fluxes as well as regional 
climate. Focus will be on large-scale (regional) model development/sensitivity 
analyses in the boreal/arctic zone. The work will make use of the information 
gained in other parts of the LATICE project, including the use of observations 
for validation and improved process representations (own field work is 

Details of the research plan will be developed based on the successful 
candidate's own expertise and research ideas in close collaboration with key 
LATICE researchers, who will act as a multidisciplinary advisory team. The work 
is expected to form an integrating base for land surface modeling within the 
LATICE research domain and ongoing activities.

Model platforms used within the group include the Weather Research and 
Forecasting (WRF) model, NorESM, and several other models; models that are used 
to develop and test parameterizations for a variety of processes. The candidate 
will interact with model developers within LATICE and contribute to model 
testing and improvements.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of 
being a leading research faculty. 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. Applications are encouraged 
from dedicated candidates with excellent writing skills and the ability to work 
in a highly team-orientated environment.
Creativity and innovation are valued, as passion for research, and 
self-motivation. The candidate should expect to work in a highly collaborative 
team-oriented environment and participate in a wide array of activities related 
to land-atmosphere processes with an emphasis on land surface processes in cold 
The successful candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education 
equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in Geosciences, or a related 
discipline; e.g., a PhD in Physics or Mathematics with experience in the earth 
sciences. Applications are encouraged from dedicated candidates with strong 
quantitative skills and technical expertise in computer software and 
programming. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in numerical 
modelling and preferably also statistics. Previous experience within climate 
and/or land surface modelling is essential (running and evaluating), in 
particular parametrization of land surface processes and/or biogeophysical 

The successful candidate should further demonstrate:

-Technical expertise in scripting (e.g. Python, R) or programming (e.g. C, 
-Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research
-Knowledge of large data analysis and visualization tools
-Ability and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary research
-Good English writing and communication skills

Applicants who have handed in their PhD thesis for evaluation can apply given 
that a date is set for their final exam (should be within three months of the 
application deadline).

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify 
researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines. Please 
also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for 
post-doctoral fellowship positions:
A good command of oral and written English is required:

Position code 1352, NOK 486 100 – 567 100, per year, depending on 
qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

-Application letter, including a statement of interest and a preferred starting 
-Project proposal for the qualifying work
-CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative 
experience and other qualifying activity)Copies of educational certificates, 
transcript of records and letters of recommendation
-A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant 
wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
-Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, 
e-mail and telephone number)

Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian 

In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we 
invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or 

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research 
results a.o.

-Region: Oslo
-Job type: Fixed Term Contract
-Working days: Day
-Application deadline: 15. January 2017
-Location: Oslo
-Reference number: 2016/14074
-Home page: <>
Professor Frode Stordal
Telephone: +47 22855204
Professor Lena Tallaksen
Telephone: +47 22857214
Questions regarding EasyCruit, Helene B Jansen
Telephone: +47 22857196

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