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Postdoctoral Fellowship in aerosol-cloud-climate interactions

Deadline: 15.08.2022

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.

Job description

Applicants are invited for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in aerosol-cloud-climate interactions, available at the Department of Geosciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.

The position has a focus on the relationship between aerosol forcing and Earth’s climate sensitivity. The project involves analysis of large-scale observational data sets and model simulations. The position has a preferred starting date no later than 1st of October 2022.

The position has no teaching duties.

The Department of Geosciences also has two 3-year PhD Research Fellowship positions available within the same research group, all in the general research area of aerosol-cloud-climate interactions, see link here for other positions:

More about the position:

The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in an international collaborative effort to observationally constrain regional and global climate forcings, primarily those induced by aerosol-radiation and aerosol-cloud interactions, and the associated climate response. The postdoctoral fellow will contribute to this effort primarily through analysis of Earth System Model output (e.g. CMIP6) and selected observational data sets. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity make extended visits to one or more international collaborators during the fellowship.

We envisage close collaboration between the Postdoc and the two PhD positions announced. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to participate in ground-based and airborne observations during field campaigns in the Arctic and the Tropics.

Candidates with relevant prior research experience will be given preference. A detailed project plan will be developed together with the successful candidates. The main purpose of the fellowship is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.

The Department of Geosciences is Norway’s widest ranging academic geoscience research environment, encompassing four sections (Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes) and one Centre of Excellence (Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics). In addition, we participate in other centers and hold several ERC grants. The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical staff and administrative personnel, to a total number of approximately 240.

Qualification requirements

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.

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in atmospheric/climate science or a related field. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defense of the doctoral thesis being approved.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong background and interest in atmospheric aerosol, cloud and/or climate processes.
  • Applicants should ideally have prior experience with the relevant research tools for the position(s) in question. This includes experience with programming (e.g., Python, MATLAB, Linux environment).
  • Experience with running or analyzing output from ESMs are desirable. Additionally, experience with machine learning is beneficial.

We offer

  • salary NOK 544 400 – 626 300 per year depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
  • Professionally stimulating working environment
  • Vibrant international academic environment
  • Postdoctoral 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 educational certificates and transcripts
  • 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. 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).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Fellow 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

For further information please contact:

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

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