[CRYOLIST] Postdoc available, sea ice and solar radiation, Norwegian Polar Institute

Stephen Hudson hudson at npolar.no
Thu Aug 1 06:23:10 PDT 2013


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in solar transmittance of seasonal Arctic sea ice
http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=95527

The Norwegian Polar Institute, in Tromsø, Norway, invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellow position on the project "Solar Transmittance in the Arctic as a Seasonally Ice-covered Sea". The position is a fixed-term position for a period of 2.5 years with the possibility for a 1.5 year extension, depending on funding.
Work Content
The goals of the project are to better understand the seasonal and spatial variability of the transmission of solar radiation through sea ice in the Arctic, particularly the first- and second-year ice that is now so widespread, and to learn about the effect this energy has on the upper ocean, ocean-ice interaction, and biological activity. The goals will be met through a series of in-situ and autonomous measurements across the Arctic. The in-situ measurements will focus on small-scale variability by using spectral radiometers carried by divers or remotely operated vehicles to measure transmittance at many locations beneath an ice floe. The autonomous measurements will measure broadband transmittance at individual points (fixed in the ice) across the Arctic, capturing seasonal changes and variability. The data will be analyzed to provide a conceptual understanding of the variability of light transmittance through today's thinner Arctic sea-ice cover and to examine the consequences of the resulting energy fluxes into the Arctic Ocean.

The successful applicant will be expected to carry out and analyze spectral and broadband measurements of solar radiative fluxes, along with optically relevant measurements of sea-ice and snow physical properties. The results are to be published in a timely fashion in international journals. Carrying out the measurements will require field work in the Arctic to install autonomous setups and perform in-situ measurements (diving will be carried out by a separate team of divers). The field work will likely be done from both ships and coastal sites.
Qualifications
The successful candidate must hold a completed Ph.D. in atmospheric science, oceanography, or another relevant area. We require a researcher with a strong scientific understanding of radiative transfer and measurements of solar radiation. Experience with any of the following will be seen as an asset: radiation measurements, measurements of ice and snow physical properties, radiative transfer modelling or regional modeling and experience from polar field work. The applicant's publication record will also be considered as an asset.
We seek a candidate who is a team worker yet can conduct independent research, and has a proven track record of publishing in international peer-reviewed scientific journals. Good written and spoken communication skills in English are required.
General
The position will be based at the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø, Norway. The salary will be commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate, under the Norwegian state salary code 1352, scale 57-64 (currently 473,400-538,700 NOK per year). The position is available from November 2013.
Tromsø is situated in northern Norway at nearly 70°N. The city has 60,000 residents and 10,000 students enjoying the midnight sun, polar night, extensive outdoor activities and a lively cultural and entertainment environment. It is also a major, and expanding, center for research, with numerous government and private research institutions and a major university. The Research Department at the Norwegian Polar Institute is very diverse, both in researchers' scientific interests and nationalities.

Further inquiries about the position may be directed to researcher Stephen Hudson, hudson at npolar.no<mailto:hudson at npolar.no>, tel. +47 77 75 05 53, the leader of the Oceans and Sea Ice Section, Sebastian Gerland, gerland at npolar.no<mailto:gerland at npolar.no>, tel. +47 77 75 05 54 or leader of the Geology and Geophysics Section, Elisabeth Isaksson, isaksson at npolar.no<mailto:isaksson at npolar.no>, tel. +47 77 75 05 15.
The application deadline is 1 September 2013. The application is to be submitted electronically through http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=95527. The application should include a CV, names of at least two references, a list of publications and details of your relevant qualifications and experience.

The Norwegian Polar Institute carries out scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Institute advises Norwegian authorities in strategic and thematic matters relating to the polar regions, represents Norway internationally on various occasions and is Norway's competent environmental authority in Antarctica. Under the auspices of the Ministry of the Environment, the Institute has a staff of approximately 160 located in Tromsø, Svalbard (Spitsbergen) and Antarctica.

The main objective of the appointment as a post-doctoral research fellow is to qualify for work in senior academic positions. Under Norwegian law, no one may be appointed to more than one fixed-term period as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the same institution.
The Norwegian State Administration strives to mirror the diversity of its population and thereby achieve a balanced mix of age, gender and ethnic backgrounds among its employees. Hence, candidates with immigrant backgrounds and women are encouraged to apply for the position.
All applications can be handled confidentially until the application deadline. Thereafter, a public list of applicants will be prepared. Applicants who wish to reserve their applications from the public list must give reasons for this in their applications. In accordance with new public information laws, information about an applicant can be made public even if the applicant has requested not be included from the public list of applicants, cf. Freedom of Information Act, Section 25, 2nd paragraph.
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