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Researcher position within snow and ice core climate research
Bergen, Norway
University of Bergen
  • Research Scientist

At the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, there is a vacancy for a researcher position within snow and ice core climate research. The position is for a period of 2 years and is associated with the ERC Starting Grant SNOWISO.

About the project/work tasks

The researcher position is part of a funded European Research Council Starting Grant project with the title ‘Signals from the Surface Snow: Post-Depositional Processes Controlling the Ice Core isotopic Fingerprint’ – SNOWISO.

The SNOWISO project combines field observations, laboratory experiments, and coupled climate models in order to understand and quantify how the climate signal is recorded in the ice core water isotope records from Greenland and Antarctica.

The fundamental hypothesis, which the SNOWISO project is working on, is that the climate signal in the ice core water isotope record is not only governed by the precipitation isotopes, but a combination of the precipitation isotope climate signal and the exchange between the snow surface and atmosphere. By being able to accurately understand and model how the variability of the climate is recorded in the ice core records from the Polar ice sheets the SNOWISO project will allow for integration of isotope-enabled General Circulation Models with ice cores. 

The focus of the position is to facilitate new interpretation of ice core paleoclimate records based on the new understanding of how the climate signal is recorded in the ice core records. The successful candidate will join a dynamic group and have freedom to pursue research interests within the relevant topics and approaches (but not limited to):

  • Ice core water isotope climate interpretation on different time scales
  • Synthesize and develop further our isotope post-depositional process-based understanding
  • Integrate ice core water isotope proxies and climate model simulations
  • Snowpack water isotope process modelling

To support this research a suite of existing field observations from the Greenland ice sheet along with regional climate model simulations are available.

Qualifications and personal qualities: 

  • Applicants must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree within geophysics, atmospheric sciences, or earth sciences, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Experience from the field of ice core paleoclimate, snow process, or water isotope research is a requirement.
  • Documented expertise in scientific scripting and programming and data analysis (e.g., Python, Matlab, R, C++, FORTRAN) is a requirement.
  • Expertise with running climate models, or analysing and visualizing model outputs is an advantage.
  • Prior experience or knowledge of the use of water isotopes in climate process research is an advantage.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner
  • Ability to actively communicate and co-operate within a larger research team
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment
  • salary at pay grade 61 (code 1109 / pay range 24, alternative 5) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 545 300. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact: Research Professor Hans Christian Steen-Larsen, Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If interested in the position please submit a 1-page motivation letter along with CV. Position will remain open until filled.


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