LEDIG STILLING VED UIT NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET
PhD Fellow in Applied Mathematics
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
UiT is a multi-campus research university in Norway and the northernmost university of the world. Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. At UiT you can explore global issues from a close-up perspective.
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Faculty of Science and Technology
A PhD position in mathematical modelling is available at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science and Technology. We seek candidates interested in the following research areas: Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Climate Modelling, and Abrupt Climate Transitions.
The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year consists of teaching or other duties for the university, organized according to a distribution formula of 25 % per year in agreement with the Head of DepartmentThe objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.
The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position in Tromsø within a reasonable time after receiving the offer.
About the project
The focus of the project will be the investigating of abrupt transitions in Earth system dynamics with an emphasis on investigating models from the lower end of the climate system complexity hierarchy. The investigation of the models will for the most part rely on deploying deterministic analytical methods from various branches of mathematics, combined with numerical and symbolic computing.
The principal supervisor will be Professor Per Kristen Jakobsen, and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UiT, Martin Rypdal, will be the second supervisor.
For further information about the position, please contact:
- Professor Per Kristen Jakobsen, e-mail: [email protected]
- Involvement in an exciting research project
- A fantastic work environment with friendly and dedicated colleagues
- Good career opportunities
- A significant degree of independence in work
- Opportunities to collaborate with leading scientist across Europe
- Flexible working hours
- Pension scheme through the state pension fund
The UiT campus is near the center of Tromsø, a vibrant city located in Northern Norway with approximately 75 000 inhabitants, surrounded by the stunning landscape of Northern Scandinavia. The location also offers ample opportunities, e.g., sighting aurora, hiking, and skiing.
If you are applying from a location that requires a visa or permit, we will be able to provide support and advice throughout the relocation process for you and your family. Feel free to ask us questions in advance if you need more information and reassurance.
More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here.
A master’s degree or equivalent in applied mathematics or mathematics, where the focus is on the application of mathematics to model the dynamics of physical systems, is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis.
The master thesis should show a high level of proficiency with respect to programming and numerical implementation of mathematical models. Excellent programming skills are required.
Other beneficial skills for this position:
- Excellence in master thesis work and from grade transcripts
- Independence and self-motivation
- Creativity and ability to think outside the box
- Excellent work ethic and commitment to the job
- International experience
Applicants must document fluency of in English and be able to work in an international environment. Nordic applicants can document their English capabilities by attaching their high school diploma.
Emphasis will ultimately be put on the candidate’s potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.
As many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.
Admission to the PhD programme
For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Science and Technology and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.
Admission normally requires:
- A bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and a master's degree of 120 ECTS, or an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.
- A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 30 ECTS for a master's degree of 120 ECTS.
- A master's thesis with a scope corresponding to at least 20 ECTS for an integrated master's degree of 300 ECTS.
In order to gain admission to the programme, the applicant must have a grade point average of C or better for the master’s degree and for relevant subjects of the bachelor’s degree. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found here.
Applicants with a foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation of whether the educational background is equal to Norwegian higher education, following national guidelines from NOKUT.
If you are employed in the position, you will be provisionally admitted to the PhD programme. Application for final admission must be submitted no later than two months after taking up the position.
Inclusion and diversity
UiT The Arctic University of Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity are a strength and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.
If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite at least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.
Your application must include:
- Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
- CV (maximum 2 pages)
- Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
- Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
- Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
- Documentation of English proficiency
- Three references, preferably including the Master thesis supervisor
- Master’s thesis, and any other academic works
Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and preferably a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.
All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.
We look forward to receiving your application!
The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants.
A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.
Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted.
We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to the Personal Data Act information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure.