University of Oslo Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Snowhydrology, Norway

Publish Date: Apr 04, 2016

Deadline: Apr 18, 2016

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Snowhydrology

A 2.5 year position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow is available at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway. The position is available from June 2016.

The candidate will work within the ESCYMO project (Enhancing snow competency of models and operators) funded by the Norwegian Research Council and partners from the hydropower industry. The project is led by Assoc. Prof. Thomas V Schuler and Assoc. Prof. John F Burkhart.

Job description

The project aims at better descriptions of spatial and temporal distributions of seasonal snow. The task will be to develop algorithms describing the small scale variability of seasonal snow based on terrain parameters and weather/ snow conditions. These algorithms are to be implemented and tested in a hydrological model framework Scientific publications in international journals are expected. The postdoc will closely collaborate with industry partners and an already assigned PhD student

We envisage the candidate having a strong quantitative background from hydrology/ geophysics/ meteorology, field abilities in cold environments, experience in programming and modeling and good collaboration skills.


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, Hydrology or Computer Science faculty, with experience in hydrology and numerical modeling in particular wrt snow. Experience with processing and displaying of large data sets in time and space is beneficial. The successful candidate should further demonstrate:

  • Technical expertise in one or more programming language(s), in particular experience with C++ is considered a strong advantage. Scripting skills (e.g. Python/Matlab or      likewise are required)
  • 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:

  • Spatial distribution of snow
  • Subgrid variability in geoscientific models
  • Remote sensing of snow extent and snow water equivalent
  • Data assimilation techniques

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 Section for Geography and Hydrology, Geomatics and remote sensing, or Cryosphere.)

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 international projects such that the successful candidate will have 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 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.


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