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Postdoctoral Researcher Job – Alpine Glacier and Mountain Ice Sheets Modelling, GeoScience

Norway, University of Bergen (UiB)

The University of Bergen invites applications for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is to adjust existing ground-breaking methods for glacier simulations from a regional to global scale, and lead the corresponding data acquisition process, within the Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group, Department of Biological Sciences, Norway – Jan 2022

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General Info

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
No. of Positions: 1
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Joining Date: Apr 01, 2022
Contract Period: 3 Years
Salary: 553.500 NOK/Year

Ecological and Environmental Change Research Group
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Bergen (UiB)
Bergen, Norway

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Qualification Details

Qualifications, experience and personal qualities

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent, international degree within geosciences or similar (field), 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 in glacier and ice sheet modelling is a requirement and should be reflected in the candidate’s publications and/or network.
  • Advanced experience in programming in Python and/or R is a requirement.
  • Experience working with Norwegian e-infrastructure for Research & Education (Sigma2) or the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) infrastructures, or similar, is an advantage.
  • The successful candidate must enjoy working in a cross-disciplinary team and specifically at the interface between geological and biological systems. Team and project meetings will often consist of researchers with different expertise and backgrounds, alongside expert-focused meetings, and such environment must appeal to the candidate.
  • The successful candidate must be able to work independently and in a structured manner, and regard open-access science as a personal aim using tools such as Github for code sharing and collaborations.
  • The successful candidate must have solid communicative skills, enjoy team-work and be open for outreach activities and presentations over the course of the project.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.

Special responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be specifically responsible within the PPF-Alpine project for:

  • Applying and adjusting existing, regional alpine ice-sheet models to a global scale covering the last 130,000 years
  • Developing outreach-oriented visualization of the global alpine glacier and ice-sheet dynamics
  • Playing a pro-active role in coordinating the data acquisition phase for the models within the network of project collaborators and identifying new collaborations
  • Publishing and presenting results of the project at national and international congress and seminars.
  • Playing an active, collaborative role within the PPF-Alpine research team and UiB, while also proposing and developing own new ideas

Responsibilities/Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Fellow position in alpine glacier and mountain ice sheets modelling

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position within the Ecological and Environmental Change Research GroupDepartment of Biological Sciences.

The position is for a fixed term of 3 years and is associated with Trond Mohn Stiftelse and UiB funded project called Past, Present, and Future of Alpine Biomes Worldwide (PPF-Alpine).

The position is for 3 years: 1 April 2022 – 31 March 2025.

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Documents Required

Your application must include

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position. Experience in glacier and ice sheet modelling, outreach activities and cross-disciplinary interests should specifically be highlighted.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific outreach nature
  • Publications (as applicable)

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge

About the Project

Alpine biomes are present on all continents and at all latitudes worldwide. They comprise biodiversity hotpots, fulfil a crucial role in hydrological and climate regulation, and provide vital support for the livelihoods and wellbeing of billions of people. Importantly, alpine biomes and their diversity are characterized by a dynamic past; during the Quaternary glacial-interglacial cycles, they underwent multiple expansion-contraction pulses. This resulted in recurrent episodes of connection and fragmentation, which likely shaped present-day biodiversity and mountain hotspot patterns. Mountain glaciers played a particularly important role in driving the connectivity dynamics of the alpine biome. The aim of PPF-Alpine is to reconstruct the glaciers and alpine biome on a global scale and during the last 130,000 years, and relate these reconstructions to modern day patterns of biodiversity. The main goal of this Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is to adjust existing ground-breaking methods for glacier simulations from a regional to global scale, and lead the corresponding data acquisition process. The project in general has a strong cross-disciplinary approach - combining expertise from glaciology, glacial geomorphology, paleoecology, paleoclimatology, biogeography, macroecology, and landscape modelling. Such cross-disciplinary environment aims at working at the front-end of mountain geology and biogeography to develop a mechanistic understanding of the role of the past in shaping the present and thus improve predictions for the future.

About the Position

The postdoctoral position is a fixed term position with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. If the appointee lacks teaching experience, or other relevant qualifications, the employment period may be increased to 3 years and 6 months. Teaching and other duties will in such cases be added to the position. (The department will fund the extra months.) The position may be extended by up to one year (maximum 4 years in total) if the appointee is granted externally financed research stays abroad. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution.

For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work, as well as a progress plan, will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor and head of department.

About the Employer: University of Bergen (UiB)


  • a positive, inclusive, cross-disciplinary, professionally stimulating working environment with great opportunities for collaboration within a network of high-profile researchers as well as scientific exchange during workshops, conferences, and retreats
  • salary at pay grade 61 (code 1352 / pay range 24, alternative 5) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 553.500. Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • affiliation to the Department of Biological Sciences and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, and related expert research groups with additional strong working links to the Department of Earth Science.
  • opportunity to stay for a duration of 3 months at a project partner institute of choice.
  • opportunity to co-supervise 2 PhD students in the field of mountain history and ecology.
  • opportunity to do fieldwork visits for model validations and partner institute visits.
  • opportunity to bring in and develop own ideas.
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits

General Information

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

Further information about our employment process can be found here.

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Contact details

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Dr. Suzette Flantua, Dept. of Biological Sciences,

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