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[Met-jobs] PhD position in Atmospheric Physics at NTNU, Trondheim Norway

From Patrick Joseph Espy <>
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Date Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:07:03 +0000

We are announcing a PhD position in Atmospheric Physics in Trondheim, Norway

A PhD position within the field of atmospheric physics is available at the 
Department of Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
(NTNU). The appointment has a duration of 3 years with a projected start in 
August 2018. There is the possibility of 1 year extension with 25% teaching 
duties in agreement with the Department.

The PhD program will be hosted by the Atmospheric and Environmental Physics 
group at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, in close collaboration with NORSAR and the 
Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) which both share a campus at 
Kjeller, near Oslo. You will be based at NTNU in Trondheim for half the project 
timespan and then with NORSAR in Kjeller for the other half. 
The research will involve the development of combined interpretation methods 
for atmospheric infrasound and meteor radar datasets. The purpose is to use 
these datasets to derive the winds and temperatures in the middle atmosphere in 
order to constrain high-top atmospheric models; to map the middle atmospheric 
dynamics; and to explore the coupling between atmospheric layers. There will be 
special focus on extreme events such as Sudden Stratospheric Warmings, which 
are known to be able to influence weather patterns. A key ambition is to 
contribute to improved medium-range weather forecasting. The position is funded 
by the Research Council of Norway, is coordinated by NORSAR, and involves both 
national and international institutes. Thus, there will be opportunities for to 
collaborate with other institutes in both the academic and research-institute 

The applicant must have an MSc or equivalent in the physical sciences, and a 
documented background in either atmospheric science, space physics, acoustics 
and wave propagation, or similar fields. We expect the candidates to have 
strong data analysis, statistical, and programming skills. Experience in 
atmospheric characterization and simulation, medium/long range weather 
forecasting / probabilistic forecasting, climate modelling, or data 
assimilation will be an advantage. Knowledge of atmospheric forecast, analysis 
and re-analysis products will count as a merit. The successful candidate should 
be creative, self-motivated and have good problem-solving and writing 
abilities. They should also enjoy interdisciplinary research and take keen 
interest in learning and working in teams. The position requires spoken and 
written fluency in the English language.

Further information can be obtained from: Professor Patrick Espy (PhD 
supervisor from NTNU,, Dr. Sven Peter Näsholm (project 
principal investigator and PhD supervisor, NORSAR,, or Dr. 
Yvan Orsolini (PhD supervisor from NILU,
The complete description of position, including the institutes involved and 
details of the qualifications required, may be found at the 
website, reference number: 149185. There is also a direct link to the position 
at, where the application can be submitted. 
Applications with a letter describing the candidate's motivation, skills and 
personal qualifications for the position, together with a CV and certificates 
from both Bachelor and Master and the contact details for at least two referees 
must be submitted electronically through this website.

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. 

The NTNU reference number of the position is: NV-28/18 Application deadline: 15 
May 2018

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