UiT The Arctic University of Norway - Postdoctoral Fellow in atmospheric physics and climate dynamics

UiT The Arctic University of Norway with its main campus located in Tromsø is the northernmost university in the world. Its focus on climate and environment is clearly dictated by the geographical location at the edge of the Arctic. The main task of the Faculty of Science and Technology is to conduct research and teaching at high national and international level. Prioritized research areas include energy, climate, environment, maritime, marine, nano-, space-, and information technology; addressing both general topics and topics relevant for the High North.

Postdoctoral Fellow in atmospheric physics and climate dynamics

Deadline Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Department of Physics and Technology announces a vacant position of a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the area of atmospheric and climate science at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics and Technology.

The position is part of the project “The role of the atmospheric energy transport in recent Arctic climate change” funded by The Research Council of Norway (project number: 280727). In addition to the announced position, this project also involves a PhD fellow, two senior scientists from the department, and cooperation with research groups from the Netherlands and the US.

The position is available for commencement from July 1, 2018, and the appointment is for a period of three years.

The Department of Physics and Technology consists of five research groups: (1) Earth Observation, (2) Energy and Climate, (3) Machine Learning, (4) Space Physics, and (5) Ultrasound, Microwaves and Optics (UMO). The department provides education on the Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels, and comprises 21 permanent scientific positions and a technical/administrative staff of 12 persons.

This position will be associated with the Energy and Climate group at the Department of Physics and Technology. The group consists of four permanent academic staffs and several postdoctoral and PhD fellows. Within the Energy and Climate group, the position is affiliated with the discipline polar meteorology and atmospheric and climate science led by professor Rune Graversen.

Further information about the position, UiT, and project details is available by contacting professor Rune Graversen by email rune.graversen@uit.no or telephone +47 4140 3697.

The position’s field of research

The Arctic region shows some of the world's most significant signs of climate change. These signs include a negative trend in summer sea-ice cover of around 15 % per decade, and a surface-air warming which is three times larger than the global average. A large concern for humanity is that the climate change in the polar regions will lead to significant melting of the ice sheets and glaciers. The discharge water from the Greenland ice sheet has in recent decades increased to the extent that this ice sheet is now one of the major contributors to sea-level rise.

The atmospheric northward energy transport plays a crucial role for the Arctic climate; in fact this transport brings to the Arctic an amount of energy comparable to that provided directly by the sun. There has been little emphasis on the role of the energy transport in recent Arctic climate change, and only during the last years it has been acknowledged that different forms of the energy transport affect the Arctic climate differently.

The candidate will investigate circulation changes in the atmosphere and ocean and their role in weather and climate changes in the Arctic. A separation of changes that are due to anthropogenic climate forcing and natural variability will be attempted. The work will be based on advanced statistical analysis of observations, climate modelling, and developing of methods for separating effects of dynamical processes. The project will in particular investigate and further develop a method that separates the atmospheric energy transport by cyclones and planetary waves, which has newly been suggested by the group.

The candidate will work in a very active scientific environment located at the Arctic boundary and having close connections to other research communities in the area. The position is part of a project which involves some of the world leading research groups within Arctic climate change.


This position requires a Norwegian doctoral degree within either atmospheric sciences or meteorology, oceanography, physics or similar, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognised as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree.

The suitable candidate must have a background within fluid dynamics and should have excellent skills in programming and English. Knowledge of atmospheric physics and climate dynamics as well as climate modelling is an advantage. Other required qualification skills include:

  • Excellence in previous work and good track records
  • Independence and self-motivation
  • Creativity and ability to think outside the box
  • Excellent work ethic and commitment to the job

International experience is an advantage. Emphasis is also given to personal suitability.


Your application must include:

  • Application and motivation letter (max 1 page)
  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Description of your past research project and its relevance to the advertised position (max 1 page)
  • Three references, preferably including the PhD supervisor
  • Description of your academic production (track record) including highlights of three most important works for the advertised position (max 1 page)
  • Academic works, up to five. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work
  • Project proposal (max 1 page)
  • Diplomas and transcripts

Having a PhD degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are in the process of completing your PhD, you must document that you have submitted your PhD thesis by the application deadline and attach a statement from your supervisor concerning termination of your PhD studies.

All documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. The application must be submitted electronically through Jobbnorge.

We offer

We offer an interesting project funded by the Research Council of Norway, opportunities to travel and meet other leading scientists within the field, independence in work, a fantastic work environment with nice colleagues, good remuneration, and a cosy hometown of Tromsø surrounded by the stunning landscape of Northern Scandinavia.

UiT also has good welfare arrangements for employees including beneficial arrangements for pension and insurances.

Remuneration of Postdoctoral Fellow positions are in salary code 1352, normally starting on salary grade 57 on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees corresponding to approx. 40 900 NOK/month in 2018. There is a 2 % deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. In addition, UiT pays 12 % directly to the pension fund on top of the salary.

The objective of the appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic positions, and no one may be appointed to more than one fixed term period at the same institution.

More information about moving to Norway: https://uit.no/mobility


We make the appointment in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. The university is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and we will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act. You may request to not be registered on the public list of applicants, but the University may decide that your name will be made public. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Apply for position

Søknadsfrist: 03.06.2018
Web: www.uit.no

Kontakt: Professor Rune Graversen
Telefon: +47 4140 3697
E-post: rune.graversen@uit.no