Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Meteorology/Climate 2019, Norway

University of Oslo, Norway


April 07, 2019

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Meteorology/ Climate

Job description

Position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Meteorology/ Climate is available at the Department of Geosciences, Meteorology Oceanography Section, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo. The preferred starting date is on 1. July 2019 and not later than 1. October 2019.

The appointment is a fulltime position and is made for a period of up to four years (25 % of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities).

More about the position

The Postdoc position will be carried out within the Research Council of Norway Toppforsk project “VIKINGS: Volcanic Eruptions and their Impacts on Climate, Environment, and Viking Society in 500-1250 CE”. This multi-disciplinary project aims to understand the role of volcanic eruptions and climate change in shaping the early history of Europe. The period 500-1250 Common Era (CE) is characterized by natural disasters, societal unrest, Viking expansion, and large volcanic eruptions evidenced by geochemical markers in natural archives. At present, we know little about the climate variations in Europe and especially in Scandinavia during this period. The VIKINGS project seeks to reveal the climate of the early historic period, and resolve how volcanic eruptions and their environmental impacts facilitated societal changes during the Viking era.

The Postdoc will investigate climate and environmental changes of large volcanic eruptions during 500-1250 CE using a complex Earth System Climate Model. The candidate will investigate the effects of a revised volcanic forcing for this period comparing model data with new and available climate proxies such as tree ring, lake sediments, petrology and ice core proxies as well as archaeology records to gain new insights of the climate and variability during this era.

The Postdoc will have a strong focus on Earth System Climate Modelling. Experience in Climate or Earth System Modelling, atmospheric dynamics, ocean-sea sea interactions, as well as the analysis of climate model data in combination with paleo proxies (i.e., ice cores, tree rings) will be beneficial.

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in
  • Meteorology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Physics, Paleo Climate, and or in related fields.
  • Candidates with research experience and knowledge in volcanic eruptions effects on climate, atmospheric dynamics, and/or atmosphere-ocean-sea ice interactions will be given priority.
  • Technical skills in running General Circulation Models and programming as well as in graphical and statistical tools (e.g. Fortran, python, Matlab, R) are mandatory for this position.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English

Additional qualifications:

  • Experiences in earth system or climate modelling, analyses of those model data or paleo climate proxies will be advantageous for the Post-doc position.
  • Experience in teaching and in a Scandinavian language will be advantageous.
  • The Postdoc should be highly motivated to work in a multi-disciplinary research field and team and be willing to exchange with national and international project collaborators including potential research stays abroad.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.

We offer

  • salary NOK 515 200 – 597 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

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April 01, 2019