The Department of Geography has a vacancy for a
Postdoc research fellow focusing on the glacial-hydrological systems in
Norwegian and Chinese mountain regions
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About the position
We have a vacancy for a postdoc research fellow within the field of Physical
Geography (glaciology and hydrology branches) at the Department of
Geography. The fellowship will be for two years with the possibility of an
extension for a maximum of six months.
The position is a part of the Groundbreaking research project ‘Glacier impacts
On The Hydrological systems in Europe and Central Asia: A pilot study of
drivers and societal impacts of freshwater discharge from glacial systems in
Norway and the Chinese Karakoram (GOTHECA-NOCK)' funded by the Norwegian
Research Council. The candidate's work will contribute to understanding the
interplay between the climate system, glacio-hydrological change, local
communities and infrastructure in Norway and Chinese mountain regions, as well
as the development of a comprehensive risk assessment scheme for local climate
change adaptation and mitigation.
The successful candidate will lead the work package focusing on the coupling
of a snow evolution/runoff routine model and an ice flow model as well as
simulating the historic and future glacio-hydrological changes in five
glacierized drainage basins. Topics might include but are not limited to model
input data acquisition through field observation and remote sensing,
developing the coupling scheme, model calibration, sensitivity studies and
model results validation.
The candidate will have freedom in the choice of models and the methodology.
The modeled high-resolution surface mass balance and glacier geometric changes
will provide input to the ice dynamic-subglacial hydrology modelling of
Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) in the same project.
The candidate will co-lead the glacier fieldwork together with the project
manager. Fieldwork on four glaciers in different parts of Norway will be
carried out in collaboration with the research team in the Western Norway
University of Applied Science. Two joint field expeditions in China with the
Chinese Academy of Sciences are planned for 2023 but are subjected to changes
according to external circumstances.
The candidate will work in a vibrant and international team of a researcher,
two PhD candidates and several master research assistants under the umbrella
project GOTHECA (https: // www. ntnu.edu/web/geography/gotheca). He/she is also
supported by other members in the larger research group focusing on natural
hazards and the effects of climate change and other project participants.
This position must be filled by January 2022 and will report to the head of
Duties of the position
Building a database for model calibration, validation, and interpretation
of results through compiling existing data (including glacier geometric
data, climate forcing such as IPCC class future projections) and carrying
out in-situ observations in Norway and China.
Developing the coupling scheme between a snow evolution model and an ice
flow model together with other members in the research team.
Calibrating the coupled system and conducting historic and future regional
glacio-hydrological simulations for five study sites; providing input data
to the ice dynamic-subglacial hydrology modelling of GLOFs.
Publishing article(s) in open-access and peer-reviewed scientific
journal(s); presenting research results in international conferences.
Contributing to science communication and dissemination activities.
Required selection criteria
A postdoctoral research fellowships is a qualification position in which the
main objective is qualification for work in academic positions.
Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in
geosciences, geophysics, physics, computer science, engineering, applied
mathematics, or other relevant fields.
The applicant must have a strong quantitative background and extensive
experience in programming with Python, R and/or MATLAB and familiar with
Fortran (or similar language) and Linux operating system.
The applicant must have strong interests in glaciological research;
previous experience in glacier surface mass balance modelling, hydrology
or ice flow modelling are highly desirable.
The candidate must have proof of excellence in research as demonstrated
through publication of manuscripts in high-impact refereed journals and
presentations at scholarly conferences. The candidate's publication record
must show evidence of creativity and capability of independent research.
An excellent command of written and spoken English is required.
The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force
concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for
appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant
Preferred selection criteria
The applicant should have experience or keen interests in glacier
fieldwork, ideally supported by professional trainings for glacier safety
including crevasse rescue techniques.
Postdoctoral experience and experience in using High Performance Computing
(HPC) facilities are an advantage.
Knowledge of Norwegian or another Scandinavian language can be an
advantage but not required.
Interests in producing science communications material and organizing
The ability to work independently while actively communicate and co-
operate within the larger research team.
Driver's license, which can be used in Norway, and experience in driving
during snow seasons and in high-mountain environments are desirable.
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
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
As a Postdoctoral Fellow (code 1352) you are normally paid from gross NOK
553 500 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From
the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service
The period of employment is two years.
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
The position is subject to external funding.
It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution
on a daily basis during working hours and working days.
About the application
The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the
assessment must be in English.
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
If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical
career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee
will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research
may be reduced as a result.
The application must include:
Cover letter describing your qualification and motivation (maximum 2
A sketch of the model coupling scheme, required input data and the
timeline of implementation (maximum 2 pages).
CV including a complete list of publications.
Degree certificates or diplomas.
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.
Description of the documentation required can be found here. If you already
have a statement from NOKUT, please attach this as well.
Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your
contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your
In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be
placed on education, experience and personal and interpersonal qualities.
Motivation, ambitions, and potential will also count in the assessment of the
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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Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide
confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).
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transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number
SU-638 when applying.
Application deadline: 31.10.2021
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