Postdoc in Physics, Mathematics or Computer Sciences (Hydrology, Meteorology), Norway (2015)

PhD Research Fellowship in Hydrology and Cryospheric Sciences,  Department of Geosciences. A 3-year full time position as PhD Research fellow is available at the Department of Geosciences for start this Autumn.  No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same institution.

Job Description

The specific topic of the Thesis will be developed based on the successful applicants own interests and expertise, however it is expected to fall within the research domain of snow hydrology and hydrologic modeling and to contribute increased capability of modeling snow distribution and to develop multiobjective calibration targets for hydrologic modeling in snow dominated catchments.

The successful applicant will be joining a dynamic and growing group with research programs on Arctic and Alpine snow hydrology, remote sensing of the cryosphere (both satellite and UAS based) and regional studies focused on hydrology and climate feedbacks. As Norway relies heavily on hydropower for primary production as well as storage for renewable energy, improved prognostic capabilities for the hydropower industry are a high research priority and characterization of catchment scale snow processes is critical for accurate seasonal forecasting of water resources. Within the research group exist several collaborative activities between The University of Oslo (UiO), The Norwegian Directorate for Water and Energy (NVE), the Northern Research Institute (Norut), Statkraft AS, and the European Space Agency (ESA).


Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Hydrology, Meteorology, or a related discipline; or, a M.Sc. in Physics, Mathematics or Computer Sciences with experience in the earth sciences. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in mathematics and scientific computing and experience with Python and/or C++ and knowledge of large dataanalysis and visualization tools.

We seek a highly motivated individual with the ability to define his/her own research questions. Creativity and innovation are valued as is a demonstrated high working capacity, passion for research, and self-motivation. The candidate should expect to work in a highly collaborative environment and participate in a wide array of activities related to land-atmosphere processes with an emphasis on hydrology in the cryosphere and cold environments.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree and peer-review publication. The fellowship requires admission to UNIVERSITY OF OSLO the research training program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. An approved plan for the research training, including a project outline (made out in cooperation with Prof. Dr. J.F. Burkhart), is to be submitted no later than two months after taking up the position, and the admission is to be approved within three months.

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For detailed regulations regarding the PhD:

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.

A good command of English is required:


Pay grade: 50 – 57 (NOK 430 500 – 483 700 per year)

The application must include:

  • Application letter, including a statement of interest (related to research topic above)
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be consideredby the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, emailand telephone number)
  • Candidates are encouraged to provide example software code or links to codehosting repositories (not required)

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 Aug 2015
  • Location: Blindern
  • Reference number: 2015/8509

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