The Department of Geography has a vacancy for a
PhD candidate with the focus on the drivers of glacial lake outburst floods
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About the position
We have a 4-year-long vacancy for a PhD candidate within the field of Physical
Geography (glaciology and hydrology branches) at the Department of
Geography, NTNU, which is part of the new international collaboration GOTHECA
(Glacier impacts On The Hydrological systems in Europe and Central Asia).
The PhD candidate will work on challenging research problems related to the
drivers and mechanisms of the most common glacier hazards in Norway – glacial
lake outburst floods (GLOFs).
The candidate will collaborate with the GOTHECA team to observe and interpret
GLOF events on five glaciers in different parts of Norway, based on the field
data acquisition, remote sensing, and numerical data analysis/modelling.
These results will be directly integrated into developing a new early warning
system for GLOFs designed jointly by the Department of Geography, NTNU, the
Norwegian Directorate for Water and Energy Resources (NVE) and other
The PhD position is open to developments in two research directions, either
machine learning in remote sensing (research direction 1) or numerical
modelling (research direction 2). This position must be filled before the
end of the calendar year 2021.
The position reports to Head of Department.
Duties of the position
In situ observations of glacial lakes and glacier changes to identify
thresholds for and drivers of rapid glacial lake drainage (both research
Reconstruction and analysis of changes in glacial lakes and glaciers
through the historical period covered by satellite and airborne
observations using automated supervised classification methods; Numerical
analysis of retrieved changes versus observations of potential external
drivers (research direction 1).
Numerical modelling of the interactions between glacial lakes, glaciers
and subglacial hydrology, including the interpretation of relative roles
of external and internal drivers using data assimilation (research
One year of teaching duties (25% of position), where the candidate is
expected to contribute to lectures, seminars and practical exercises in
physical geography courses at the Department, specifically in the fields
of glaciology, climatology and natural hazards.
The PhD candidate is expected to work closely with the GOTHECA team at
NTNU (including MSc and BSc students) and national partners from NVE,
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) and Statkraft.
Required selection criteria
The PhD position's primary objective is to qualify for work in academic
The qualification requirement is a completion of a master's degree or
second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with an academic background in
natural science, preferably within the major fields of physical geography,
climatology, glaciology, hydrology, remote sensing, or equivalent
education. Applicants with other backgrounds (e.g., physics, applied
mathematics and computer sciences, geophysics) may be considered, if the
candidate's competence can be transferred to work at the interface with
glaciology and hydrology.
You must have a strong academic background from your previous studies and
an average grade from the master's degree program, or equivalent
education, which is equal to B or better compared with NTNU's grading
scale. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must
have an equally good academic basis. If you have a weaker grade
background, you may be assessed if you can document that you are
particularly suitable for a PhD education.
You must meet the requirements for admission to the Faculty's doctoral
program in Social Sciences with a specialization in Geography
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and Regulations concerning the
degrees of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) and Philosodophiae Doctor (PhD) in
artistic research national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and
Knowledge about glacier dynamics and related hydrological processes or
strong motivation to acquire such knowledge;
Keen interest and documented experience in glacier fieldwork, ideally
supported by professional training for glacier safety including crevasse
Documented experience in numerical data analyses and modelling, and/or
remote sensing with multispectral satellite imagery and/or aerial
Driver's license including experience with driving during snow seasons and
in high-mountain environments. If the candidate has a driver's license
that is incompatible with the Norwegian requirements, they are expected to
confirm their license according to the Norwegian rules within the first 6
months of employment;
Level 2 or higher in any of the Scandinavian languages is an advantage in
case of equal qualification;
Good written and oral English language skills, ideally supported by
evidence. The following tests can be used as a documentation: TOEFL,
IELTS, Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE), or Cambridge
Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE).
Self-motivated, enthusiastic and creative
Strong collaborative and leadership skills
Goal-oriented and independent in research
Interest in multidisciplinary problem solving
Ability and willingness to spend considerable time on glaciers and at
glacial lakes during spring (April) and summer (August-September)
Good analytical skills and enhanced ability to identify important research
problems and design alternative solutions to problems, including
In the evaluation of the candidate's qualifications, emphasis will be placed
on the education, documented experience and personal suitability, as well as
personal motivation for ground-breaking research and high quality of teaching.
The selected candidate will be best-qualified in one of the major fields
covered by this position (remote sensing or numerical modeling) in addition
to the documented glacier fieldwork experience.
exciting and stimulating tasks in a strong international academic
an open and inclusive work environment with dedicated colleagues
favourable terms in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
Salary and conditions
PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at
gross from NOK 491 200 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and
seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian
Public Service Pension Fund.
The period of employment is four years including 25% of teaching duties.
Appointment to a PhD position requires admission to the PhD programme in
social sciences specialising in Geography within three months of employment,
and that the candidate participates in an organized PhD programme during the
The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to
Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates
who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with
the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU.
After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
daily, except for the fieldwork seasons and vacation periods.
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English or Norwegian/Scandinavian.
Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please
note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available
on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows
clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out
The application must include:
Cover letter (maximum 1 page)
Research statement including a problem statement, planned research methods
and approaches and a timeline with milestones for their implementation
(maximum 2 pages)
Teaching statement specifying your motivation, attitude and approach when
it comes to teaching and supervision (maximum 1 page)
certificates and diplomas for bachelor's and master's degrees.
Academic works – published, in review or unpublished (in preparation) -
that you would like to be considered in the assessment
Names, phone numbers and email addresses of three referees, including
information about the origin of your relation to them.
If all, or parts, of your education has been taken abroad, we also ask you to
attach documentation of the scope and quality of your entire education, both
bachelor's and master's education, in addition to other higher education.
Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already
have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside
Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master
Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality
according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.
Working at NTNU
A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified
candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or
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kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the
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As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the
development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are
In accordance with The Public Information Act (Offentleglova), your name,
age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested
not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.
If you have any questions about the position, please contact Irina Rogozhina,
telephone: +47 41918909, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any
questions about the recruitment process, please contact Renate Lillian
Johansen, e-mail: email@example.com.
Please submit your application electronically via jobbnorge.no with your CV,
diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be
If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of
transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
SU-564 when applying.
Application deadline: 09.08.2021
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