Full-time, fixed-term (4-year) postdoctoral position within marine carbon cycle science, University of Bergen, Norway

Deadline for applications: 26 february 2016!

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral position at the Geophysical Institute, Bergen, Norway, within marine carbon cycle science. The position is for a period of 4 years and is tied to the project Integrated Carbon Observing System – Norway (ICOS – Norway) funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Work description

ICOS is a research infrastructure to monitor the increase in atmospheric CO2 and the exchanges with the ocean and terrestrial biosphere to enable us to completely account for the fate of man-made CO2 emissions. ICOS is a European infrastructure project, and ICOS-Norway is its Norwegian component.

We are now aiming to hire a postdoctoral research fellow who will work within the marine component of ICOS-Norway. The tasks include:

  • helping with the day-to-day as well as long-term coordination of Norwegian Marine ICOS, which currently includes four systems for determination of sea surface CO2 partial pressure installed onboard Voluntary Observing Ships.
  • operate the pCO2 system onboard the VOS Nuka Arctica, a cargo carrier on a regular schedule between Denmark and Greenland.
  • utilise the data that are produced by Norwegian Marine ICOS to estimate air-sea CO2 exchange in the northern North Atlantic, including parts of the Arctic Ocean, on a monthly basis.

Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The applicant must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree within oceanography, chemistry or similar subject areas, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. The PhD must have been awarded by the time of employment.
  • Scientific competence on the marine carbon cycle, in particular emphasising the processes that govern ocean uptake and distribution of inorganic carbon.
  • Experience with, and a keen interest in, collection of data on marine CO2 chemistry, experience with sea-surface pCO2 observations is particularly desirable.
  • Ability to travel, often on a short notice.
  • Competence on data analysis using advanced computing tools such as MATLAB or similar, experience with neural network mapping of data would be very valuable.
  • Work independently and in a structured manner, publish in the peer-reviewed literature, and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

Application requirements

  • A brief account of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • Any publications in your name.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge. Applications sent by email to individuals will not be considered.

Application deadline: 26 February 2016.

General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

Associate Professor Are Olsen, email: are.olsen(at)gfi.uib.no , phone: (+47) 55 58 47 81, or
Professor Truls Johannessen, email: truls.johannesen(at)gfi.uib.no , phone (+47) 55 58 43 27.

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