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Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Permafrost Modeling at University of Oslo in Norway, 2016

Publish Date: Mar 03, 2016

Deadline: Mar 15, 2016

Department of Geosciences

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in permafrost modeling with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model

A position as Postdoctoral research fellow is available at the Department of Geosciences. The position is for a period of three years preferably from May 2016. No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

The candidate will work in the LATICE (“Land-ATmosphere Interactions in Cold Environments”) research group and the PERMANOR project funded until the end of 2019. together with scientists with expertise on permafrost, hydrology, vegetation, and atmospheric modeling. LATICE is a strategic research area by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Oslo dedicated to improving our knowledge on cold environment processes and their representation in Earth System Models (ESMs). Permafrost is one of the key topics, with strong focus on process modeling, remote sensing methods and field measurements. PERMANOR focuses on scaling of permafrost processes from plot to ESM scale, with a strong focus on improving the representation of subgrid-scale processes in land-surface models available in WRF.

Job description:

The candidate will be responsible for WRF modeling in PERMANOR and LATICE, in close interaction with field scientist and ESM developers. WRF runs with a fractional representation of snow distribution will be conducted for Svalbard, Northern Norway and the Lena River Delta in NE Siberia. Furthermore, the candidate will develop a subgrid representation for other permafrost processes in WRF, with a particular focus on the landscape development in areas with ice-rich ground, including thermokarst formation and ground subsidence. Scientific publications in international journals are expected.


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates will be selected in accordance with this, and are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials. Applications are encouraged from dedicated candidates with excellent writing skills and the ability to work in a highly team-orientated environment.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree or the equivalent awarded by a Geoscience faculty, with strong background in WRF modeling in Norway, Svalbard and/or NE Siberia, in particular focussing on the representation of surface energy balance, snow cover and/or glacier mass balance. Furthermore, the candidate must present evidence that she/he is capable of modifying the WRF source code to facilitate improvements of the model physics. Previous experience with implementation of subgrid formulations of snow distribution in WRF is beneficial. The candidate should further have experience with validation of WRF results using field observations and have participated in field campaigns in high-latitude environments.

The successful candidate should further demonstrate:

  • Technical expertise in programming, in particular MATLAB and/or FORTRAN
  • Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research
  • Ablity and willingness to participate in visits to field sites

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1352, Pay Grade: 57 – 65 (NOK 483 700 – 560 700 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority).

The application must include:

  • Application letter including a statement of research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work, and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records
  • If available, a copy of the PhD thesis
  • List of other academic works and publications and/or awards and stipends 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.

In accordance with the University of Oslo's equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

  • Region:
  • Oslo
  • Job type:
  • Contract
  • Working hours:
  • Full-time
  • Working days:
  • Day
  • Application deadline:
  • 15.03.2016
  • Location:
  • Oslo
  • Reference number:
  • 2016/2947
  • Home page:
  • Contacts:
  • Dr. Sebastian Westermann
    Telephone: +47 22855927
  • Professor Terje Koren Berntsen
    Telephone: +47 22858771
  • Questions regarding Easycruit, contact Olaf Kristian Sund
    Telephone: +47 22855444

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