Postdoc Research Fellowship, Meteorology, Oslo, Norway

A position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Meteorology is available at the Department of Geosciences, Meteorology Oceanography Section, at the University of Oslo, Norway.


The announced postdoc position is for two years. The preferred starting date is between 1 July and 1 October 2018.


The Postdoc position will be carried out within the Research Council of Norway Toppforsk project “275191 VIKINGS: Volcanic Eruptions and their Impacts on Climate, Environment, and Viking Society in 500-1250 CE”. This multi-disciplinary project aims to understand the role of volcanic eruptions and climate change in shaping the early history of Europe. The period 500-1250 Common Era (CE) is characterized by natural disasters, societal unrest, Viking expansion, and large volcanic eruptions evidenced by geochemical markers in natural archives. At present, we know little about the climate variations in Europe and especially in Scandinavia during this period. The VIKINGS project seeks to reveal the climate of the early historic period, and resolve how volcanic eruptions and their environmental impacts facilitated societal changes during the Viking era.

The Postdoc will investigate radiative forcing, climate and environmental changes of large volcanic eruptions during the last two millennia using a complex aerosol chemistry climate model. The candidate will compare different volcanic eruption effects with available tree ring, lake sediments, petrology and ice core proxies as well as archaeology records; reconstructing and assessing the role of the volcanic forcing.

The Postdoc will have a strong focus on Aerosol and Chemistry Climate Modelling. Experience in atmosphere, radiation, aerosol or climate modelling and analysis of paleo proxy data will be beneficial.

Qualification requirements

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

- Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent qualification in Meteorology, Oceanography, Atmospheric Physics, and Atmospheric Chemistry or in related fields
- Candidates with research experience and knowledge in atmospheric physics and chemistry in particular of the troposphere-stratosphere, volcanic eruptions effects on climate, aerosols, and atmospheric dynamics will be given priority.
- Technical skills in running climate models and programming as well as in graphical and statistical tools (e.g. Fortran, python, Matlab, R) are mandatory for this position.
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required.

Additional requirements

- Experiences in chemistry climate or earth system modelling, analyses of those model data or paleo climate proxies will be advantageous for the Post-doc position.
- The Postdoc should be highly motivated to work in a multi-disciplinary research field and team and be willing to exchange with national and international project collaborators including potential research stays abroad.


The application deadline is 30 April 2018. The application must include:

- Cover letter
- Statement of motivation and research interests
- CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
- Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
- Documentation of English proficiency
- 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, e-mail and telephone number).

The application with attachments must be delivered via the electronic recruiting system:

Please follow the link “Apply for this job”.

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English. Applicants may be called in for an interview.

Further information

Informal questions can be sent to Kirstin Krüger: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.