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University of Oslo Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis of Permafrost, Norway

Publish Date: Jan 14, 2016

Deadline: Feb 28, 2016

University of Oslo Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis of Permafrost

A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available at the Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo, Norway. The position is until end of 2018, with start date as soon as possible.

The candidate will work within the GlobPermafrost project funded by the European Space Agency ESA and the COUP project Constraining uncertainties in the permafrost-carbon feedback funded by the European Commission JPI Climate program. The projects are led by Prof. Andreas Kääb and Dr. Sebastian Westermann.

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Job description

Within the new ESA GlobPermafrost project, the University of Oslo is responsible for remote sensing of rock glaciers, as well as the compilation of a new global permafrost extent product based on remote sensing, following the approach outlined in Westermann et al. (2015). In the framework of the COUP project, the methodology required for the latter task will be developed further. The results of remotely sensed permafrost mapping will be communicated to users in, among others, the climate modeling community.

The candidate will manage and coordinate the tasks and deliverables in the ESA GlobPermafrost project, including communication with the project lead (Dr. Annett Bartsch, Austria) and the European Space Agency. Furthermore, the candidate will work on the envisioned permafrost extent and rock glacier products, with focus depending on interests and previous experience of the candidate. 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, Physics, Geophysics, Mathematics, Geomatics or Computer Science faculty, with experience in remote sensing, numerical modeling, and/or spatial analysis. Experience with processing and displaying of large data sets in time and space is beneficial. The successful candidate should further demonstrate:

  • Technical expertise in a GIS system (such as ArcGIS or QGIS) and one or more programming language(s), in particular MATLAB, IDL, and/or Python
  • Good communication skills and the willingness to manage tasks and project deliverables in an international research environment 
  • Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research

In addition, candidates with experience in one of the following topics will be given priority:

  • Processing of remotely sensed radar data
  • Remote sensing of (land) surface temperatures
  • Remote sensing of snow extent and snow water equivalent

A good command of English is required.

Section for Physical Geography and Hydrology

The position is affiliated with the Section for Physical Geography and Hydrology, which has long-term experience in investigating the terrestrial cryosphere (permafrost, snow, glaciers) and is involved in various high-level research projects and centers. (See for instance, or

We offer a lively, friendly, and collaborative research environment in cold regions sciences, in particular in cryospheric sciences, remote sensing, geohazards, and geomatics. We participate in projects by the European Union and the European Space Agency such that the successful candidate will have an excellent opportunity to participate in international research networks.


Position code 1352 (Postdoc), Pay Grade: 57-64 (from 483 700 to 550 400 NOK/year, depending on qualifications and seniority)).

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

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 Ph.D. 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.


Professor Andreas Kääb
Telephone: +47 22855812

Dr. Sebastian Westermann
Telephone: +47 22855927

Questions regarding Easycruit, contact Olaf Kristian Sund
Telephone: +47 22855444

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