LEDIG STILLING VED UIT NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET
Two positions as PhD Fellow in Space Physics
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
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Faculty of Science and Technology
The Department of Physics and Technology announces two vacant PhD position in the area of Space Physics at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The fellow will conduct research related to the EISCAT 3D infrastructure.
The position is for a period of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25 % each year and will consist of teaching and other duties. The 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 Department of Physics and Technology consists of six research groups: Complex Systems Modelling, Earth Observation, Renewable Energy, Machine Learning, Space Physics, and Ultrasound, Microwaves and Optics. The department provides education at Bachelor, Master, and PhD levels; and hosts 35 permanent academic staff, and a technical/administrative staff of 15 persons.
The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position in Tromsø within a reasonable time, and within 6 months after receiving the offer.
The position is attached to the Space Physics group at the Department of Physics and Technology, located in the Tromsø campus of UiT. The Space Physics group has a long tradition in using the radar instruments of the EISCAT Scientific Association in Northern Scandinavia, and plays an important role in preparing for the new advanced atmospheric radar facility, EISCAT 3D. Scientists in the group conduct research on topics including auroral ionosphere; ionospheric modification; space weather; laboratory plasmas; space debris; planetary radar techniques and observations; cosmic dust, meteors, and dusty plasma in the mesosphere; long-term trends in the ionosphere; and planetary magnetospheres.
Field of research and the role of the PhD Fellow
The high‐latitude ionosphere is a complex, highly variable system strongly influenced by its coupling to the thermosphere, magnetosphere, and solar wind. Visible examples of this coupling manifest in the aurora, and associated phenomena comprise electron and ion precipitation, electrostatic and electromagnetic waves, as well as instabilities and turbulence. The overall theme for the PhD positions is the study of the ionospheric dynamics and structures resulting from this coupling, with emphasis on the physical processes involved in the context of space weather impact on technology.
Both PhD positions are part of a strategic support to the EISCAT_3D infrastructure, a new generation of incoherent scatter radar system capable of volumetric imaging and providing 3-dimensional vector measurements of key ionospheric parameters with unprecedented temporal and spatial resolutions. The studies will thus be related to data or observations from EISCAT, the radar system operated near Tromsø and on Svalbard, and from the new EISCAT_3D. It will also be possible to use other observational data such as the ones obtained in situ from satellites and/or sounding rockets, and to combine observations with numerical simulations. There will be opportunities to participate in cooperative projects with both national and international research groups, and an exchange visit abroad can be included in the project plan.
For further information about the position, please contact:
- Associate Professor Andres Spicher [email protected]; or
- Head of Department, Professor Yngve Birkelund [email protected]
The position requires a Norwegian Master’s degree, or a foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) ideally within space physics, plasma physics, physics, applied mathematics or similar.
A good knowledge in one or more of the following fields is an advantage: magnetospheric, ionospheric and/or atmospheric physics, space weather impacts, turbulence theory and analysis, data analysis, scientific programming, signal processing and radar theory.
Other required qualification skills include:
- Excellence in Master’s thesis work and grade transcripts
- Independence and self-motivation
- Creative thinking
- Excellent work ethic and commitment to the job
Applicants must document fluency in English and be able to work in an international environment.
The assessment for the position will emphasize the candidate's potential for research, motivation, and personal suitability for the position.
We believe that as many as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized doctoral 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 foreign education will be subjected to an evaluation process to assess the equivalence of their education 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:
- Application letter including a brief research statement (maximum 1 page)
- 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’s thesis supervisor
- Master’s thesis, and any other academic works, up to ten
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 a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must document completion of your degree before commencement in the position. 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 a Scandinavian language. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline.
- Involvement in an interesting research project
- Good career opportunities
- A large degree of independence in work
- Opportunities to travel and meet other leading scientists within the field
- A state collective pay agreement
- Pension scheme through the state pension fund
- More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here:
The UiT campus is located near the centre of Tromsø, a vibrant city located in Northern Norway with approximately 75000 inhabitants, surrounded by the stunning landscape of Northern Scandinavia. The location also offers ample opportunities for e.g., sighting aurora, hiking and skiing.
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.
UiT has good welfare arrangements for employees, including beneficial arrangements for pension, insurances and loans in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
Remuneration of PhD positions are in salary code 1017, and normally start at salary grade 54 on the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, corresponding to approximately 39900 NOK/month. There is a 2 % deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
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.