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Forwarded from CLIMLIST... Position as postdoctoral research fellow (SKO 1352) is available at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo <http://www.geo.uio.no>. 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: <http://mn.uio.no/latice/> 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 optional). 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. Qualifications: 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 environments. 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 cycles. The successful candidate should further demonstrate: -Technical expertise in scripting (e.g. Python, R) or programming (e.g. C, FORTRAN) -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: <http://www.uio.no/english/about/regulations/personnel/academic/regulations-employment-conditions-postdoc.html> A good command of oral and written English is required: <http://www.mn.uio.no/english/research/doctoral-degree-and-career/regulations/proficiency-requirements.html> Salary: 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 date -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 language. In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity. 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: <http://www.geo.uio.no> -Contacts: 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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