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[Met-jobs] PhD position in atmospheric and climate sciences, UiT, Norway

From Rune Graversen <>
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Date Mon, 5 Nov 2018 07:52:30 +0000

Dear met-job list:

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

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


PhD Fellow in atmospheric physics and climate dynamics

Application deadline: November 22, 2018
Ref. No 2018/4948

The Department of Physics and Technology announces a vacant PhD Candidate 
position in the area of atmospheric and climate science at UiT The Arctic 
University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology.

The position is available for commencement from January 1, 2019, and the 
appointment is for a period of three years.

The position is part of the project “The role of the atmospheric energy 
transport in recent Arctic climate change” funded by The Research Council of 
Norway (project number: 280727). In addition to the announced position, this 
project also involves a postdoctoral fellow, two senior scientists from the 
department, and cooperation with research groups from the Netherlands and the 

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 on the Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels, and comprises 21 permanent 
scientific positions and a technical/administrative staff of 12 persons.

This position will be associated with the Energy and Climate group at the 
Department of Physics and Technology. The group consists of five permanent 
academic staffs and several postdoctoral and PhD fellows. Within the Energy and 
Climate group, the position is affiliated with the discipline polar meteorology 
and atmospheric and climate science led by professor Rune Graversen.

Further information about the position, UiT, and project details is available 
by contacting professor Rune Graversen by email or 
telephone +47 4140 3687.

The position’s field of research and the role of the PhD Candidate

The Arctic region shows some of the world's most significant signs of climate 
change. These signs include a negative trend in summer sea-ice cover of around 
15 % per decade, and a surface-air warming which is three times larger than the 
global average. A large concern for humanity is that the climate change in the 
polar regions will lead to significant melting of the ice sheets and glaciers. 
The discharge water from the Greenland ice sheet has in recent decades 
increased to the extent that this ice sheet is now one of the major 
contributors to sea-level rise.

The atmospheric northward energy transport plays a crucial role for the Arctic 
climate; in fact this transport brings to the Arctic an amount of energy 
comparable to that provided directly by the sun. There has been little emphasis 
on the role of the energy transport in recent Arctic climate change, and only 
during the last years it has been acknowledged that different forms of the 
energy transport affect the Arctic climate differently.

The candidate will investigate circulation changes in the atmosphere and ocean 
and their role in melting of the Greenland ice sheet. A separation of changes 
that are due to anthropogenic climate forcing and natural variability will be 
attempted. The work will be based on ice sheet modelling, advanced statistical 
analysis of observations, climate modelling, and developing of methods for 
separating effects of dynamical processes. The project will in particular 
investigate and further develop a method that separates the atmospheric energy 
transport by cyclones and planetary waves, which has newly been suggested by 
the group.

The candidate will work in a very active scientific environment located at the 
Arctic boundary and having close connections to other research communities in 
the area. The position is part of a project which involves some of the world 
leading research groups within Arctic climate change.


This position requires a Norwegian Master’s degree within either atmospheric 
sciences and meteorology, oceanography, physics or similar, or a corresponding 
foreign Master’s degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian Master’s degree.

To gain admission to the PhD programme, you must have a grade average of C or 
better. Further information about requirements for admission to PhD studies is 
available here:

The suitable candidate must have a background within fluid dynamics and should 
have excellent skills in programming and English. Knowledge of atmospheric 
physics, climate dynamics, ice sheet dynamics as well as climate modelling is 
an advantage. Other required qualification skills include:

- Excellence in master thesis work and from grade transcripts
- 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. The assessment will emphasize 
motivation and personal suitability for the position.


Your application must include:
- Application and motivation letter (max 1 page)
- CV (max 2 pages)
- Documentation of English language proficiency
- Three references, preferably including the Master’s thesis supervisor
- Master’s thesis and any other academic works, up to ten

Diplomas and transcripts (diploma supplement)

Qualification with a Master’s degree is required before commencement in the 
position. If you are near completion of your Master’s degree, you may still 
apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your 
supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must 
document completion of your degree before commencement in the position.

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

We offer:
- An interesting research project funded by the Research Council of Norway
- A fantastic work environment with nice and dedicated colleagues
- Good career opportunities
- A large degree of independence in work
- Opportunities to travel and meet other leading scientists within the field
- Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
- Pension scheme through the state pension fund

The UiT campus is located near the centre of Tromsø, a vibrant city located in 
Northern Norway with approximately 75 000 inhabitants, surrounded by the 
stunning landscape of Northern Scandinavia. The location also offers ample 
opportunities for e.g., sighting aurora, hiking and skiing.

Terms of employment:

Remuneration of PhD Candidate positions are in salary code 1017, and normally 
starts at salary grade 51 on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees 
corresponding to approx. 37 400 NOK/month in 2018. 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.

UiT has good welfare arrangements for employees, including beneficial 
arrangements for pension, insurances and loans in the Norwegian Public Service 
Pension Fund.

You have to be qualified for and participate in our PhD study program. As many 
as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research 
training; thus, if you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we 
will not appoint you to this position.

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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