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[Met-jobs] Post Doc position in Space Physics, UiT, Norway

From Rune Graversen <>
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Cc Ingrid Mann <>
Date Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:40:17 +0000

Dear met-job list:

At Department of Physics and Technology, University of Tromsø (UiT), Norway, we 
have the following open Post Doc position (3 years):

Best regards,
Prof. Ingrid Mann
Prof. Rune Graversen
Department of Physics and Technology
University of Tromsø


Postdoctoral Research Fellow (3 years) in Space Physics

Application deadline: November 9, 2018

The Department of Physics and Technology announces a vacant position of 
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the area of space physics at UiT
The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology. The 
appointment is for a period of three years with the possibility of up to
one year’s extension.

The position is part of the project “Mesospheric Dust in the Small Size Limit: 
Radar Studies, Model Calculations and Supporting Observations”
granted by the Research Council of Norway. In addition to the announced 
position, this project also involves a PhD fellow, two senior scientists
from the department, and cooperation with the University of Oslo and research 
groups from Japan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

The Department of Physics and Technology consists of five research groups: (1) 
Earth Observation, (2) Energy and Climate, (3) Machine
Learning, (4) Space Physics, and (5) Ultrasound, Microwaves and Optics. The 
department provides education at the Bachelor, Master, and PhD
levels, and comprises 21 permanent scientific employees, and a 
technical/administrative staff of 12 persons.

This position will be associated with the Space Physics group at the Department 
of Physics and Technology. The group has at present 5
permanent staff and 7 PhD students. The group carries out research related to 
the Earth's upper atmosphere, the ionosphere and the
magnetosphere and related plasma physics; small solar system objects, 
mesospheric and cosmic dust and dusty plasma phenomena. The
project has potential links to meteorology, atmospheric and climate science 
research carried out at the same department.

Further information about the position, UiT and project details is available by 
Professor Ingrid Mann by email or telephone +47 776 45198

The position’s field of research:
The ionosphere at 75 to 110 km altitude, the mesosphere, contains nanoparticles 
ranging from dust to a few 100 amu. The polar mesosphere
cools down to 120 K or lower during summer and nanoparticles that contain ice 
lead to the formation of the visible Noctilucent Clouds (NLC)
and to Polar Mesospheric Summer Echoes (PMSE) observed with radar. Size and 
charge of nanoparticles influence chemical processes and
the growth of the ice particles which are linked to long-term temperature 
trends. The charged dust gives rise to dusty plasma phenomena.

The candidate will work within a project to address the fundamental question 
how particles of nanometer size form and interact in the partially
ionized medium of Earth’s upper atmosphere, i.e. the ionosphere. The candidate 
will investigate the formation, growth and charging of
nanoparticles, study the influence of the charged nanoparticles on radar and 
lidar observations, participate in defining a programme for future
radar studies with the new EISCAT_3D and prepare an analysis plan for collected 
mesospheric dust samples. The upper atmosphere modelling
involves working with numerical climate system models.

Qualification requirements:
This position requires a Norwegian doctoral degree within either atmospheric 
sciences or meteorology, oceanography, physics or similar, or a
corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian 
doctoral degree.

The suitable candidate must have a background within space physics, atmospheric 
physics or a related field and should have excellent skills in
programming and English. Knowledge in numerical modelling is an advantage. 
Other required qualification skills include:

Excellence in previous work and good track records
Independence and self-motivation
Creativity and ability to think outside the box
Excellent work ethic and commitment to the job

International experience is an advantage. Emphasis is also given to personal 

Your application must include:
Application and motivation letter (max 1 page)
CV (max 2 pages)
Description of your past research project and its relevance to the advertised 
position (max 1 page)
Description of your academic production (track record) including highlights of 
three most important works for the advertised position (max 1 page)
Academic works, up to ten. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work
Diplomas and transcripts
Three references, preferably including the PhD supervisor

Having a PhD degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are 
in the process of completing your PhD, you must document
that you have submitted your PhD thesis by the application deadline and attach 
a statement from your supervisor concerning termination of
your PhD studies.

All documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application 
must be submitted electronically through the Jobbnorge webpage.

We offer:
We offer an interesting project funded by the Research Council of Norway, 
opportunities to travel and meet other leading scientists within the
field, independence in work, a fantastic work environment with nice colleagues, 
good remuneration, and a cosy hometown of Tromsø
surrounded by the stunning landscape of Northern Scandinavia.

UiT also has good welfare arrangements for employees including beneficial 
arrangements for pension and insurances.

Remuneration of Postdoctoral Fellow positions are in salary code 1352. There is 
a 2 % deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public
Service Pension Fund. In addition, UiT pays 12 % directly to the pension fund 
on top of the salary.

The objective of the appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow is to qualify for 
work in senior academic positions, and no one may be appointed to
more than one fixed term period at the same institution.
More information about moving to Norway:

We make the appointment in accordance with the regulations in force concerning 
State Employees and Civil Servants and guidelines at UiT. At
our website, you will find more information for applicants.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize 
diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply
regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic 
background. The university is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise,
and we will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working 
conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the 
Personal Data Act. You may request to not be registered on the
public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be 
made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of
such publication.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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