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[Met-jobs] PhD Candidate in climate dynamics related to climate sensitivity, UiT, Norway

From Rune Graversen <>
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Date Tue, 13 Aug 2019 12:20:46 +0000

Dear met-job list:

At Department of Physics and Technology, University of Tromsø (UiT), Norway, we 
have the following open PhD position (4 years):

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


PhD Candidate in climate dynamics related to climate sensitivity (4 years)
University of Tromsø, Department of Physics and Technology

Application deadline: 1 September, 2019
Ref. No 2019/1075
Apply through:

The position’s field of research

A forcing of the Earth’s climate system - for instance due to a change of the 
atmospheric CO2 content - will alter the Earth surface-air temperature. The 
magnitude of the change relative to the magnitude of the forcing may be defined 
as the climate sensitivity. The forcing will also alter precipitation, sea 
level, and various other aspects of the Earth’s climate. All these responses 
are strongly modified through internal feedback processes in the climate system 
which are activated by the responses themselves. 

Some of the strongest feedback processes are those associated with change of 
sea ice, atmospheric humidity, and clouds. The feedbacks essentially control 
the Earth’s climate sensitivity and lead to polar amplification of the 
temperature response. Since the feedback processes are dependent on the 
back-ground climate and regions on the Earth, the climate sensitivity is 
dependent on both time and space. 

Climate sensitivity has been intensively studied based on both models and 
observations, and the special role of the Arctic has been notified. However, a 
systematic investigation of the dependence of the Arctic climate sensitivity on 
forcing and climate state, and how this dependence in the Arctic differs from 
that of other regions have not earlier been undertaken. Based on model 
experiments and observational analyses, this PhD project is dedicated to 
investigate the dependence of Arctic climate sensitivity on time and space.

The position

The position is affiliated at Department of Physics and Technology (IFT), 
Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Tromsø (UiT), and  is 
available for commencement from 1 September 2019 and for a period of four 
years. The position is entitled “Climate Sensitivity and its dependence on 
climate state, forcing, and region”, and is a part of the project 
“Ice-ocean-atmosphere interactions in the Arctic - from the past to the future” 
which is a joint project between three departments at the Faculty of Science
and Technology, UiT: the Department of Physics and Technology (IFT) and the 
Department of Mathematics and Statistics (IMS), and the Department of 
Geosciences (IG). The position will be jointly superviseby IFT and IMS. 

The Department of Physics and Technology consists of five research groups: (1) 
Complex Systems Modelling, (2) Earth Observation, (3) Machine Learning, (4) 
Sustainable Energy, (5) Space Physics, and (6) Ultrasound, Microwaves and 
Optics. The department provides education on the Bachelor, Master, and PhD 
level, and comprises 22 permanent scientific positions and a 
technical/administrative staff of 12 persons. 

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has 17 permanent scientific 
positions and five research groups: (1) Complex Systems Modelling, (2) Algebra, 
(3) Differential Geometry and Mathematical Physics, and (4) Machine Learning. 

This position will be associated with the Complex Systems Modelling group at 
the Department of Physics and Technology. This group consists of two permanent 
academic staffs and several postdoctoral and PhD fellows. Within this group, 
the position is affiliated with the disciplines polar meteorology and 
atmospheric and climate sciences. The position is also associated with the 
Complex Systems Modelling group at Department of Mathematics and Statistics.


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


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

To gain admission to the PhD program, you must have a grade average of B 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 climate 
dynamics, and should have excellent skills in programming and English. 
Knowledge of atmospheric physics and 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 


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, if applicable, other academic works, up to ten
Diplomas and transcripts (diploma supplement) for both bachelor and master 
level education

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 and letters must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Thesis 
and other academic works should preferably be in English or a Scandinavian 
language. The application must be submitted electronically through Jobbnorge.

We offer

Involvement in an interesting research project
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. The city is 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 54 on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees. 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 

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 degree, or have equivalent competence, 
we will not appoint you to this position.

Generell informasjon

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 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.

UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost 
university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and 
diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make 
us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore 
global issues from a close-up perspective. Credibility, academic freedom, 
closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship 
between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT 
and our partners.

Welcome with your application.

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