[CRYOLIST] Open glaciology Associate/Full Professor position at the University Centre in Svalbard, UNIS

Hanne Christiansen Hanne.Christiansen at unis.no
Wed Dec 9 02:59:32 PST 2015

Faculty Position in Arctic Geology at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) – Professor/Associate Professor in Glaciology


The Department of Arctic Geology is seeking candidates for a full-time, permanent position as Professor/Associate Professor in glaciology. Currently the department constitutes 4 professors, 5 associate professors, 3 post-doctoral research fellows, 11 PhD students and 11 adjunct professors (20% position). UNIS carries significant responsibilities in research and teaching, with a curriculum that includes training of Master and Doctorate students. The importance of field studies is stressed at all levels throughout the teaching programs.

Description of the vacant position and qualifications

We are seeking a candidate with a strong international research profile within glaciology to complement and strengthen the department’s research and education profile within modern cryosphere field based studies. The cryosphere research field at UNIS focus within glaciology, glacial and periglacial geomorphology, permafrost and snow science.The research focus should be generally on glaciology with focus on glacier dynamics or glacier mass balance using the unique access to glaciers that our location here in Svalbard provide for both field research and education. Strong background and experience in physical geography and/or geology, GIS, remote sensing and field experience with glaciers, as well as good numerical skills and ability to do quantitative analyses of glaciers and their dynamical forms are desired.

The successful candidate should have professional experience in detailed observational process studies, in leading field campaigns, in long-term glacier observations and climate change related glaciology studies. He/she also should document pedagogical competence, history of teaching and supervision of undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D students, as well as postdoctoral researchers in glaciology, both theoretically and practically. Documented success in obtaining funding for research projects, as well as managing research projects and managing education will also be considered. Interest within neighbouring areas of research and education at UNIS is an advantage, and the candidate’s potential for research and educational collaboration with other staff members within the cryosphere field is particularly emphasized.

The candidate’s teaching and supervising experience in the department’s core subjects is vital, given the recent expansion of UNIS’ course portfolio. The candidate is expected to take responsibility for the glaciology courses at UNIS including AG-325/AG-825 ‘Glaciology’ and AG-347/847 ‘Glaciers and Glaciation’ and to share responsibility for the AG-204 ‘The Physical Geography of Svalbard’. The candidate is also expected to supervise student projects at all levels and to make contributions to other courses taught within the department (depending on expertize and competence). Field experience from the Arctic and especially from Svalbard is desired, due to the strong fieldwork emphasis of the UNIS’ education and research. More information:


The candidate should be able to contribute to the presentation of UNIS internationally through her/his role in international scientific projects and research networks.

Research and teaching in the department involve year-round field-based activities that exploit the geographical location of Svalbard offering an excellent opportunity for studies of geology and physical geography in the High Arctic. Field experience from the Arctic, and especially from Svalbard. is desired due to the strong fieldwork emphasis of the UNIS’ education and research.

Applicants for the position must be able to document their qualifications as Associate Professor or full Professor. To be considered for the position of Associate Professor a Ph.D. in an appropriate field, or its equivalent, is the minimum requirement.

Employment conditions for faculty positions at UNIS

At the time sixty per cent of the working time of full-time faculty at UNIS is reserved for research and professional development. In addition, staff is required to be involved in teaching, administration and be willing to contribute to the development of UNIS in a more general sense.

For more details study the full annoucement text at: http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/119995/professor-associate-professor-in-glaciology
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