Research Scientist in Sea Ice Geophysics

The Norwegian Polar Institute announces a call for applications for a research scientist in sea ice geophysics, with a focus on numerical process modeling and data analysis. This permanent position will located in the Institute's Research Department, Section for Oceans and Sea Ice in Tromso, Norway.

Application deadline: 23 June 2017.

The successful candidate will contribute to the operation and improvement of the long-term sea ice observing system in Fram Strait, including analysis of the sea ice thickness time series, and increase understanding of key processes related to sea ice mass and energy balance by improving parameterizations in numerical models.

This position will be responsible for upward looking sonar (ULS) data analysis and development of the program and will be expected to develop and conduct process studies using numerical modeling to improve the understanding of thermodynamics and dynamics of Arctic sea ice. Modeling work will be integrated with observational data to support and strengthen ongoing research activities in the group. Collaboration with scientists in other disciplines is expected.

Qualifications for this position include:

- A PhD in sea ice research, geophysics, mathematics, oceanography, or relevant field;
- Strong scientific understanding on Arctic sea ice processes, especially mass and surface energy balance;
- Experience with analysis of corresponding observational data;
- Experience with one-dimensional thermodynamic sea ice models, regional ice-ocean modeling, sea ice process modeling, and time series analysis; and
- Good written and spoken communication skills in English.

Numerical modeling skills are essential and field experience on sea ice is desirable. The applicant's publication record and ability to attain external funding will be taken into consideration.

Communication skills in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language are an asset.

Applications must include details of relevant qualifications and experience, a curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, and the names of at least three references. Do not include copies of articles or other work in the application, but note that it may be requested later in the process.

To apply, submit application materials electronically at:

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For questions, contact:
Sebastian Gerland

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