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PhD Research Fellow - Oslo, Norway

PhD Research Fellow - Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway
Position as PhD Research Fellow in Climate and Environmental Sciences available at the Meteorology and Oceanography Section (MetOs), Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

Starting date no later than October 1, 2023.

The fellowship period is 3 years. A fourth year may be considered with a work-load of 25 % that may consist of teaching, supervision duties, and/or research assistance. This is dependent upon the qualification of the applicant and the current needs of the department.

We offer:

• Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
• Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement
• Vibrant international academic environment
• Career development programmes
• Oslo’s family-friendly surroundings with their rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

Climate and environmental impacts of volcanic eruptions in the extratropics

Extremely large volcanic eruptions are among the most violent geologic hazards and sudden climate cooling events on modern Earth, but their impacts on atmosphere, ocean, and environment are barely known. Climate model studies for such large eruptions in the northern and southern extratropics are rare, information that would be crucial for deciphering their atmospheric, oceanic, and environmental impacts in the past.

The PhD Research Fellow will run a state of the art volcano aerosol chemistry-climate model, systematically varying eruption source parameters (i.e., volatiles, altitude, season) for past eruptions in the northern and southern hemisphere extratropics, to constrain the uncertain volcanic forcing and the climate and environmental response. Different initial ocean-sea ice states will be set-up, which are crucial for the model response. The model data will be analysed and compared with available and pilot paleo proxy data and with other available model runs. The climatic impacts will be assessed, both on the atmospheric and oceanic circulation. Funding for field campaigns to the volcanic vents in New Zealand and Japan will be sought, to collect data and to inspect the eruption episode scenarios. National and international collaborators with volcanology and paleo climate proxies (i.e., ice cores, pollen) expertise exist and scientific exchange visits are planned. The PhD Research Fellow will exchange hers/his work at international workshops and conferences and with the VolMIP and PAGES communities.

The PhD Research Fellowship is financed by UiO and will be embedded with existing research groups at MetOs (e.g., VIKINGS, CompSci, Rough Ocean).
The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.

The fellowship requires admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD programme must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:
Qualification requirements:

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition to be among Europe’s leading communities for research, education and innovation. 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.

• Master’s degree or equivalent in Climate or Environmental Sciences or in re-lated fields fulfilling the grade requirements
• Foreign completed degree (M.Sc.-level) corresponding to a minimum of four years in the Norwegian educational system
• Candidates with research experience and background in volcano climate or climate modelling will be given priority.
• Technical skills in programming as well as in graphical and statistical tools (e.g., python, Fortran, Matlab, R) are mandatory for this position.
• Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required (see grade requirements).

Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2023 to complete the final exam.

Additional qualifications:

• Experience in paleo climate and/or ocean-sea ice, aerosol chemistry climate, earth system modelling.
• Experience in analysing related observational or paleo proxy data.
• Experience in running climate or related models on HPC.
• The PhD Research Fellow should be interested to work in a cross-disciplinary research field and team, be willing to exchange with national and international project collaborators including potential research stays abroad and possible field campaigns to New Zealand and Japan.
• Knowledge of a Scandinavian language will be advantageous, opening the possibility of an additional 25% position teaching.
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 the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records
• 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 (please follow the link “Apply for this job”
Foreign applicants are ad-vised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English.

Applicants may be called in for an interview.
Application deadline
Further information
Contact information:

For further information please contact: Kirstin Krüger, phone: +47 228 55811,
e-mail:, Joseph LaCasce, phone +47 228 55955, email:

For questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Ole Rustad, e-mail:

Deadline: February 28, 2023 (University of Oslo;
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