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Postdoctoral research position in Glacier - Atmosphere Dynamics

Deadline: 03.11.2020

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

With about 16,000 students, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest higher education institutions in Norway. A broad range of academic programmes are offered at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels, spread out on five campuses Førde, Sogndal, Bergen, Stord og Haugesund.

Our ambition is to build stronger and more solid academic and research environments that will interact nationally and internationally. The aim is to become a recognized actor on the international higher education arena. Increased international cooperation and engagement in externally funded projects will work towards this goal.

The Faculty of Engineering and Science has approximately 270 employees and approximately 3,200 students. The faculty has a broad educational offer at both bachelor's and master's level in engineering and science, as well as PhD education in computer technology. The Mohns Center for Innovation and Regional Development researches innovation and offers master's education in innovation and entrepreneurship. The diving education offers a one-year vocational school education.

The main part of the faculty's activities are in Haugesund, Bergen, Sogndal and Førde, but we also offer decentralized education in Kristiansund and Stord.

The faculty's activities are internationally based and take place in close collaboration with regional companies, clusters, health trusts and the public sector, including other institutions in the university and college sector. This applies to research, development, innovation and not least education with student projects at all levels.

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Science has one available position as postdoctoral researcher in Glacier-Atmosphere Dynamics

About the position:

An opening for a postdoctoral researcher is available at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences campus Sogndal, Norway. The successful candidate will work on the JOSTICE project that aims to understand natural and societal consequences of climate-forced changes of mainland Europe’s largest ice cap, Jostedalsbreen. The work will involve the development and use of high-resolution numerical Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) experiments of changes in local circulations and microclimates at Jostedalsbreen Ice Cap, and the simulations of future regional glacier-climate interactions. The candidate will be part of a large international team of researchers and project partners. Some fieldwork at Jostedalsbreen Ice Cap can be expected. More information on JOSTICE is available at the project homepage: www.jostice.no

The position is available from 01.01.2021 - 01.07.2023 in 80 percent position.

Workplace is campus Sogndal


The successful candidate must have earned a PhD degree in geology, geography, atmospheric sciences, or related field. Field-based research experience in glaciology and meteorology, and profound knowledge of surface mass balance, boundary layer, and energy balance processes on glaciers, is strongly preferred. Modelling experience in glacial interactions and feedbacks with atmospheric circulation patterns on different spatial and temporal scales is regarded as positive.

Application procedure:

To apply for this position, please use the link “Apply for this job” (“Søk stillingen”).

The applications will be assessed by the information entered in www.jobbnorge.no at the application deadline. The applicants are responsible for ensuring that all the documentation is submitted before the closing date, including the scientific work (up to 15 pieces), complete publication list, certificates and diplomas. If the diplomas, transcripts or other documentation are not in a scandinavian language or English, the applicants must upload the certified transactions themselves. If the attachments exceed 15 MB, they must be compressed before uploading or attaching as a link.

The applications will be sent electronically to the expert committee. Based on the committee's recommendation, qualified applicants will be invited to an interview and an trial lecture. Applications cannot be sent by e-mail or to individuals at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

We offer:

  • Good occupational pension, insurance and loan schemes from The Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Exciting academic environment with the possibility of competence enhancement and development
  • Opportunities for training within the working hours

The position as postdoctoral is paid according to the Government's salary regulation, in position code 1352 - postdoctoral Fellow.

There is a compulsory 2 % deduction to the pension fund (see http://www.spk.no/en for more information). The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

General information:

The appointment will be made in accordance with the regulations for State employees Law in Norway ("Lov om statens ansatte)". Organizational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities associated with the position must be expected.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. Western Norway University of Applied Sciences Bergen has therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and gender composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected. Applicants may be called in for an interview.


1) Professor Jacob Clement Yde tlf +47 57 67 62 33

2) Head of Department Tarald Seldal tlf +47 57 67 62 40

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