Ledig stilling ved UiT Norges arktiske universitet

PhD Fellow in climate science related to climate sensitivity and tipping points

Deadline: 16.02.2020

The position

UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and the University of Copenhagen have a vacant PhD fellow position in the area of climate science. The appointment is for four years. The position requires enrollment in the PhD program at the Faculty of Science and Technology at UiT. It is intended that the candidate also enrolls in the PhD program at the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen, so that the position may lead to a double PhD degree between the two institutions, after a public defense at UiT.

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.


Credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment shall be hallmarks of the relationship between our employees, between our employees and our students and between UiT and our partners.

The working title for the PhD project is "Climate Sensitivity and its dependence on climate state, forcing, and the spatial region." It relates to tipping points in the Earth System with particular emphasis on the theoretical underpinning of climate sensitivity to increased greenhouse gasses beyond linear response theory. Furthermore, the project will explore signatures of early warning of climate tipping points.

The candidate will combine a mathematical study with computer simulations using Earth system models. The study will be part of the European Commission Horizon2020 project TiPES, as well as UiT's cross-disciplinary research project "The Dynamics of the Climate in the Arctic". It requires international interactions with partners across Europe.

The project

The working title for the PhD project is "Climate Sensitivity and its dependence on climate state, forcing, and the spatial region." It relates to tipping points in the Earth System with particular emphasis on the theoretical underpinning of climate sensitivity to increased greenhouse gasses beyond linear response theory. Furthermore, the project will explore signatures of early warning of climate tipping points.

The candidate will combine a mathematical study with computer simulations using Earth system models. The study will be part of the European Commission Horizon2020 project TiPES, as well as UiT's cross-disciplinary research project "The Dynamics of the Climate in the Arctic". It requires international interactions with partners across Europe.

The position's affiliation

The PhD candidate will receive joint supervision from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UiT and The Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. This position will be associated with the Complex Systems Modelling Group at UiT and the group for Physics of Ice, Climate, and Earth at The Niels Bohr Institute.

Contact

Further information about the position and project details is available by contacting:

Qualifications

The position requires a degree that is equivalent to a Norwegian or Danish Master's degree. The degree should be within the areas of physics, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, or similar. The suitable candidate must have excellent skills in programming. A background in mathematics, atmospheric physics, or climate modeling is an advantage.

Other required qualification skills include:

  • 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

To gain admission to the PhD program, the candidate must have a minimum grade average of C or better. Further information about requirements for admission to PhD studies at UiT is available here: https://uit.no/nt/phd

International experience is an advantage. The assessment will emphasize motivation and personal suitability for the position.

Documented fluency in English is required.

During the assessment, emphasis will be put on your potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position.

The position requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology. Information about requirements is available here: Regulations PhD Faculty of Sciences and Technology

We will ask the successful candidate to enroll as a PhD student at the PhD School of Science, at the University of Copenhagen. In the applications to the PhD programs, the candidate and the supervisors will present an education plan which may lead to a double PhD degree at UiT and The University of Copenhagen.

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.

Application

  • Cover letter explaining your motivation and research interests
  • CV - summarizing education, positions and academic work
  • Diplomas and transcripts from completed degrees
  • Documentation on English proficiency unless you have completed Norwegian, Danish or Swedish High School. This website states how English profiency shall be documented.
  • 2-3 references with contact details
  • Master thesis, and any other academic works

Before commencement in the position, you must have completed an MSc degree. If you are near completion of your MSc degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating a completion date for the degree.

Documentation has to be in English or a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications sent via www.jobbnorge.no.

We offer

  • 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 scientists across Europe
  • Flexible working hours and a state collective pay agreement
  • 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.

UiT has excellent welfare arrangements for employees, including beneficial arrangements for pension, insurances, and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The Niels Bohr Institute is in the center of Copenhagen, a buzzing European capital that is home to more than ninety thousand students.

Remuneration of Ph.D. positions are in salary code 1017. There is a 2% deduction for a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: Welcome to UiT!Information about moving to Denmark can be found here.

General information

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 Candidate has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Candidate, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

UiT and the University of Copenhagen have HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their age, gender, functional ability, and national or ethnic background. The universities will emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to Offentleglova 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.

Apply for position