The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society. 

The geosciences are the studies of planet Earth; the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and cryosphere, the earth's surface and it’s interior. The Department of Geosciences is Norway’s widest ranging academic geoscience research environment, encompassing four sections (Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes) and one Centre of Excellence (Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics). In addition we participate in other centres and hold several ERC grants. The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical staff and administrative personnel, to a total number of 240.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Glaciology

A position as a Postdoctoral research fellow is available at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway. The fellowship is until April 2019. Starting date as soon as possible.

The University of Oslo is Norway’s largest university with about 5 900 employees and 27 700 students. We offer interesting career opportunities and a good working environment. The university aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

The geosciences are the studies of planet Earth, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere (including oceans, freshwater and glaciers), the earth's surface and its interior. The span of the work at the Department is well illustrated by the research sections: Geology and Geophysics, Geography and Hydrology, Meteorology and Oceanography, Physics of Geological Processes, and the Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (Centre of Excellence). The academic staff consists of 40 professors and approximately 80 research fellows.

Job description

We invite applications for an academically challenging postdoctoral research fellowship in glacier remote sensing. We are looking for an ambitious and independent scientist who will pursue her or his own line of research relating to analysing, modelling, assimilating or else integrating remotely sensed data of glacier volume changes on regional scale with a method focus on satellite altimetry. Regional focus of the studies will be on Asia (Himalaya, Central Asia, Tibet, Tien Shan, etc.).

We offer a lively, friendly and collaborative research environment in cold regions sciences, in particular in glaciology, remote sensing, geohazards, and geomatics. We participate in projects by the European Union and the European Space Agency such that the successful candidate will have excellent opportunity to participate in international research networks. The position is funded through an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council in collaboration with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. A description of the related project can be found under

The position is affiliated with the Section for Physical Geography and Hydrology, which has long-term experience in investigating the terrestrial cryosphere (snow, glaciers, permafrost) and is involved in various high-level research projects and centers:

Section for Geography and Hydrology

Geomatics and remote sensing



  • The successful candidate has experience in the quantitative exploitation of remotely sensed glacier data, in particular from satellite altimetry, within:
  • Glacier volume changes and mass balance,
  • Other terrestrial cryospheric processes such as snow or permafrost.

The position requires a strong background, experience, and interest in

  • Numerical modelling and programming (Matlab, IDL, Python, or similar languages);
  • Geoinformatics (ArcGIS, QGIS, etc.)
  • Remote sensing theory and practice;
  • Glaciological theory and practice;

Theoretical and field-work experience in Asia (Himalaya, Central Asia, etc.) is necessary.


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for this fellowship 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 in glaciology, remote sensing/geomatics or related fields in Earth, environmental or engineering sciences.

For more information please see:

Alternatively, for information in Norwegian:

A good command of English is required.


Position code 1352. Pay Grade from NOK 486 100 to 567 100 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work , and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications and academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.
According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

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

The University of Oslo is an equal opportunity employer and seeks in particular to increase its number of female scientists. Women are therefore particularly encouraged to apply.

Contact information:

For more information please contact Professor Andreas Max Käab,

For questions about the recruitment system please contact Helene B Jansen,

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