PhD position in Atmospheric Physics in Trondheim, Norway
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
The position is organized in the Department of Physics. Currently, there are 27 professors, 14 associate professors, 4 adjunct professors, 70 PhD research fellows and 16 postdoctoral positions appointed at the Department of Physics.
Our research spans a broad spectrum of natural sciences and technology, which in turn allows us to offer an education that provides a solid basis for future careers. Physics research is carried out in experimental as well as theoretical fields, often across conventional boundaries between disciplines. Research staff at the institute make a special effort to increase the awareness and understanding of the importance and impact of physics in our society.
Planetary and Solar System Sciences (PS)
Solar-Terrestrial Sciences (ST)
A PhD position within the field of atmospheric physics is available at the Department of Physics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The appointment has a duration of 3 years with a projected start between June and Autumn 2019. There is the possibility of 1-year extension with 25% teaching duties in agreement with the Department.
The PhD program is hosted by NTNU in Trondheim, NORSAR and the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), which both share a campus at Kjeller, near Oslo. About half the project timespan will be based at NTNU in Trondheim, with the other half at NORSAR in Kjeller.
The interdisciplinary research involves the development of combined interpretation methods for atmospheric infrasound and meteor radar datasets. The purpose is to use these datasets to derive the winds and temperatures in the middle atmosphere in order to constrain high-top atmospheric models; to map the middle atmospheric dynamics; and to explore the coupling between atmospheric layers. A key ambition is to contribute to improved medium-range weather forecasting. The Research Council project Middle Atmosphere Dynamics: Exploiting Infrasound Using a Multidisciplinary Approach at High Latitudes is coordinated by NORSAR and involves both national and international institutes, giving collaborative opportunities with other institutes in both the academic and research-institute environments.
The applicant must have an MSc or equivalent in the physical sciences meeting the requirements for admission to the PhD programme at NTNU (https://www.ntnu.edu/nv/phd). They must have a documented background in either atmospheric science, space physics, acoustics and wave propagation, or similar fields. Experience with infrasound or meteor radar datasets will be considered an advantage. We expect the candidates to have strong data analysis, statistical, and programming skills. Experience in atmospheric characterization and simulation, medium/long range weather forecasting / probabilistic forecasting, climate modelling, or data assimilation will be an advantage. Knowledge of atmospheric forecast, analysis and re-analysis products will count as a merit. The successful candidate should be creative, self-motivated, able to work in teams, and have good problem-solving and writing abilities. The position requires spoken and written fluency in the English language.
Further information can be obtained from: Professor Patrick Espy (PhD supervisor from NTNU, email@example.com), Dr. Sven Peter Näsholm (project principal investigator and PhD supervisor, NORSAR, firstname.lastname@example.org), or Dr. Yvan Orsolini (PhD supervisor from NILU, email@example.com).
The complete description of position, including the institutes involved and details of the qualifications required, may be found at the www.jobbnorge.no website, reference number: 167148. There is also a direct link to the position at http://tinyurl.com/AtmPhysPhD-NTNU where the application can be submitted. Applications with a letter describing the candidate’s motivation, skills and personal qualifications for the position, together with a CV and certificates from both Bachelor and Master and the contact details for at least two referees must be submitted electronically through this website. Applications should be received by 22 April, 2019.
Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.