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Ph.D. Research Fellow in Glaciology

Deadline: 28.02.2021

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, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes (Njord centre) and 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.The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical- and administrative staff. Approximately number of employees are 240 at the Department.

About the position

The position as PhD Research Fellow in global-scale glacier modeling available at the Department of Geosciences,

The fellowship period is up 3 years. The preferred starting date is no later than October 1st, 2021

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

Job Description

The successful applicant will contribute to a project on global-scale modeling of glaciers (outside the ice sheets) using the global model PyGEM with the ultimate goal to make global-scale glacier mass change projections based on an ensemble of climate projections. A focus will be on model improvement, for example, with respect to calving or dynamic adjustments, as well as on model calibration and validation using available in-situ and remote sensing data products. The PhD student will have a great deal of freedom to shape the exact methodology, modeling experiments and research questions of the project within the overarching topic of global glacier modeling. The student will be involved in the international Glacier Model Intercomparison Project GlacierMIP, and thus have ample opportunities for national and international collaboration, including in particular collaboration with PYGEM developer, Dr. David Rounce at Carnegie Mellon University, USA.

No fieldwork is anticipated directly for this project, but possibilities to gain field experience may well arise within other projects in the group.

The PhD student will join a lively, international research group focused on cryospheric sciences, hydrology, remote sensing, geohazards and geomatics.

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.

  • The candidate should have a strong quantitative background and experience in programing (Python/Matlab or similar) as well as a strong interest in geoscience, in particular glaciology.
  • Previous experience in glaciology, numerical modeling and handling of large data set are desirable.
  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in geophysics, geosciences, physics, computer science, mathematics, environmental sciences, engineering, or any related field.
  • Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2021 to complete the degree requirements. Foreign completed degrees must correspond to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system.

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 of EU/ EEA countries

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 482 200 – 526 000 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 experience, scientific publications etc)
  • 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).

Applicants may be called in for an interview.

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

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

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For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, phone:+47 22854272,e-mail: [email protected].

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