[CRYOLIST] PhD Research Fellowship in Hydrology and Cryospheric Sciences, University of Oslo

John F. Burkhart jfburkhart at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 10:35:08 PDT 2015

We have an opening for a motivated individual to pursue a PhD in snow
hydrology at UiO:

Department of Geosciences
PhD Research Fellowship in Hydrology and Cryospheric Sciences
A 3-year full time position as PhD Research fellow is available at the
Department of Geosciences for start this Autumn. For more information, see
http://www.geo.uio.no. No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term
period at the same institution.

Job Description

The specific topic of the Thesis will be developed based on the successful
applicants own interests and expertise, however it is expected to fall
within the research domain of snow hydrology and hydrologic modeling and to
contribute increased capability of modeling snow distribution and to
develop multiobjective calibration targets for hydrologic modeling in snow
dominated catchments.

The successful applicant will be joining a dynamic and growing group with
research programs on Arctic and Alpine snow hydrology, remote sensing of
the cryosphere (both satellite and UAS based) and regional studies focused
on hydrology and climate feedbacks. As Norway relies heavily on hydropower
for primary production as well as storage for renewable energy, improved
prognostic capabilities for the hydropower industry are a high research
priority and characterization of catchment scale snow processes is critical
for accurate seasonal forecasting of water resources. Within the research
group exist several collaborative activities between The University of Oslo
(UiO), The Norwegian Directorate for Water and Energy (NVE), the Northern
Research Institute (Norut), Statkraft AS, and the European Space Agency


Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in Hydrology,
Meteorology, or a related discipline; or, a M.Sc. in Physics, Mathematics
or Computer Sciences with experience in the earth sciences. The ideal
candidate will have a strong background in mathematics and scientific
computing and experience with Python and/or C++ and knowledge of large
dataanalysis and visualization tools.

We seek a highly motivated individual with the ability to define his/her
own research questions. Creativity and innovation are valued as is a
demonstrated high working capacity, passion for research, and
self-motivation. The candidate should expect to work in a highly
collaborative environment and participate in a wide array of activities
related to land-atmosphere processes with an emphasis on hydrology in the
cryosphere and cold environments.

The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the
successful completion of a PhD degree and peer-review publication. The
fellowship requires admission to UNIVERSITY OF OSLO the research training
program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. An approved
plan for the research training, including a project outline (made out in
cooperation with Prof. Dr. J.F. Burkhart), is to be submitted no later than
two months after taking up the position, and the admission is to be
approved within three months.

For more information see:

For detailed regulations regarding the PhD:

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of
being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be
selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment
of their class with respect to academic credentials.

A good command of English is required:


Pay grade: 50 - 57 (NOK 430 500 – 483 700 per year)

The application must include:

Application letter, including a statement of interest (related to research
topic above)
CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work – scientific
Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of
List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be
considered by the evaluation committee
Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate,
email and telephone number)
Candidates are encouraged to provide example software code or links to
codehosting repositories (not required)
Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their
University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be
in English or a Scandinavian language.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we
invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research
results a.o.

Job type:
Working hours:
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Application deadline:
15 Aug 2015
Reference number:
Home page:

Associate Professor John Burkhart
Mobile: +47 96825011

Associate Professor Thomas V. Schuler
Telephone: +47 22855928
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