University of Oslo Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Modelling Impacts of Climate Change on the Natural Environment 2017, Norway

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in modelling impacts of climate change on the natural environment

A two-year position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo. Starting date is as soon as possible and preferable before 1 April 2017. Please note that it is not possible to be appointed as Postdoc for more than one specified period at the same institution.

The postdoctoral fellow will work within the Section for Physical Geography and Hydrology.


A two-year postdoctoral research position is sought within the research area "Impacts of climate variability and change on the Earth's physical system". Unusual or extreme weather and climate-related events are of great public concern and a key question is whether such events are likely to become more (or less) frequent in the coming decades and whether we are already observing such changes. Focus is on the impacts of climate variability and change, in particular extreme weather and climate-related events (e.g., extreme precipitation or temperature, prolonged dry and wet spells, rain-on-snow events) on the terrestrial part of the hydrological cycle. Such water related physical impacts include floods, dry soils, low groundwater levels and river flows, high water temperatures, reduced snow cover and frozen ground. The work will embrace an understanding of how impacts may overlap and interact in time and space, leading to increased exposure.

The work aims to maximize the integration of available observational and model data for impact assessment, addressing the large uncertainties in future projections and the need for a better understanding of the potential impacts of extreme hydrometeorological events. The region of interest is northern Europe, but other regions with similar hydroclimatological conditions may be considered as well. Various analytical and modelling tools are relevant, including statistical approaches, regional climate modelling and large-scale hydrological (or land surface) models to support extreme weather and climate-related impact studies.

The fellowship is interdisciplinary and the candidate will work closely with researchers from other sections, foremost meteorologists, and contribute to existing climate and climate impact research at the department, including related activities within the strategic research area LATICE. International collaboration will be encouraged building on already well-established networks.


Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a hydrology, meteorology or related geo-scientific field with documented knowledge relevant for the qualifications given above.

Candidates should have a good process understanding of Earth System Sciences and have documented experience in assessing the impact of climate variability and change on the physical system. The successful candidate should further demonstrate:

  • Strong quantitative skills, including large-scale modelling and data analysis
  • Ability to work with large data sets, combining observations and model simulations
  • Technical expertise in computer software and programming
  • A proven track record in peer-reviewed publications
  • Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research

Applications are encouraged from dedicated candidates with excellent writing and communication skills, good cooperation skills and ability to work in a highly team-orientated environment.


Position code 1352, Pay Grade from NOK 486 100 to 567 100 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter including a statement of research interest
  • CV summarizing education, positions and academic work, and other qualifying activity
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications and academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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