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PhD Research Fellow in Climate and Environmental Sciences

Deadline: 28.02.2023

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The geosciences are the studies of the planet Earth and its comparative planetology; the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and cryosphere, the Earth's surface and its interior. The Department of Geosciences conducts research and teaching in most of the domains of geoscience; geology, geophysics, physical geography, geomatics, hydrology, meteorology and oceanography. The Department is the broadest geoscience research and education environment in Norway. The Department encompasses five sections; Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Study of sedimentary basins, Environmental geosciences and Crustal Processes. We also hosts one Centre of Excellence CEED - Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics.

The Department aims to contribute to the new and important UN Sustainability Development Goals, and are important contributors to IPCC (UN’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change). The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical- and administrative staff. The Department has more than 200 employees.

Job description

Position as PhD Research Fellow in Climate and Environmental Sciences available at the Meteorology and Oceanography Section (MetOs), Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

Starting date no later than October 1, 2023.

The fellowship period is 3 years. A fourth year may be considered with a workload of 25 % that may consist of teaching, supervision duties, and/or research assistance. This is dependent upon the qualification of the applicant and the current needs of the department.

Climate and environmental impacts of volcanic eruptions in the extratropics

Extremely large volcanic eruptions are among the most violent geologic hazards and sudden climate cooling events on modern Earth, but their impacts on atmosphere, ocean, and environment are barely known. Climate model studies for such large eruptions in the northern and southern extratropics are rare, information that would be crucial for deciphering their atmospheric, oceanic, and environmental impacts in the past.

The PhD stipend will run a state of the art volcano aerosol chemistry-climate model, systematically varying eruption source parameters (i.e., volatiles, altitude, season) for past eruptions in the northern and southern hemisphere extratropics, to constrain the uncertain volcanic forcing and the climate and environmental response. Different initial ocean-sea ice states will be set-up, which are crucial for the model response. The model data will be analysed and compared with available and pilot paleo proxy data and with other available model runs. The climatic impacts will be assessed, both on the atmospheric and oceanic circulation. Funding for field campaigns to the volcanic vents in New Zealand and Japan will be sought, to collect data and to inspect the eruption episode scenarios. National and international collaborators with volcanology and paleo climate proxies (i.e., ice cores, pollen) expertise exist and scientific exchange visits are planned. The PhD fellowship will exchange hers/his work at international workshops and conferences and with the VolMIP and PAGES communities.

The PhD Research Fellowship is financed by UiO and will be embedded with existing research groups at MetOs (e.g., VIKINGS, CompSci, Rough Ocean).

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. 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.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Climate or Environmental Sciences or in related fields fulfilling the grade requirements
  • Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
  • Candidates with research experience and background in volcano climate or climate modelling will be given priority
  • Technical skills in programming as well as in graphical and statistical tools (e.g., python, Fortran, Matlab, R) are mandatory for this position
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required (see grade requirements)

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2023 to complete the final exam.

Additional qualifications:

  • Experience in paleo climate and/or ocean-sea ice, aerosol chemistry climate, earth system modelling
  • Experience in analysing related observational or paleo proxy data
  • Experience in running climate or related models on HPC
  • The PhD fellowship should be interested to work in a cross-disciplinary research field and team, be willing to exchange with national and international project collaborators including potential research stays abroad and possible field campaigns to New Zealand and Japan
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language will be advantageous, opening the possibility of an additional 25% position teaching

Grade requirements:

The norm is as follows:

  • the average grade point for courses included in the Bachelor’s degree must be C or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the average grade point for courses included in the Master’s degree must be B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • the Master’s thesis must have the grade B or better in the Norwegian educational system
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • English requirements for applicants from outside EU/EEA countries and exemptions from these may be found here

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

We offer

  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Career development programmes
  • Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter - statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system (please follow the link “Apply for this job”). Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives.

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

For further information please contact:

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Ole Rustad, e-mail: [email protected].

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