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.

PhD Research Fellow in Atmospheric Sciences

Applications are invited for a 3-year Ph.D. scholarship in atmospheric sciences at the Department of Geosciences. Anticipated starting date: September 1, 2017

Job description

The work of the PhD Research Fellow will be part of the project “The double punch: Ozone and climate stresses on vegetation (OzoNorClim)”, which is coordinated by Dr. Ane V. Vollsnes at the Department of Biosciences and funded by the Research Council of Norway. The project consists of plant physiological and mycological experiments to quantify the effects of ozone polluted air under the particular conditions in Northern areas, with midnight sun, followed by a hierarchy of innovative climate and tropospheric ozone modelling. Models will be improved based on laboratory and field work to better represent the interactions between tropospheric ozone, vegetation and climate in Arctic and tundra areas.

The PhD student will be tasked with running several climate and ozone models. Models that will be used are (i) the global Chemistry-Transport Model Oslo CTM3, (ii) the Weather and Research Forecasting model coupled with chemistry (WRF-Chem), (iii) the the Deposition of Ozone for Stomatal Exchange (DO3SE) model, and (iv) the Community Land Surface Model (CLM), the latter two coupled to WRF as well as in off-line modes. As several models will be used, a good command of running models is essential.

The position is affiliated with the Section for Meteorology and Oceanography. The research group consists of six professors, four adjunct professors, seven Ph.D. research fellows and five Post-Docs.

Requirements and qualifications

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates will be selected in accordance with this, and are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials. Applications are encouraged from dedicated candidates with excellent writing skills. Creativity and innovation are valued as is a demonstrated high working capacity, passion for research, and self-motivation.

The purpose of the Ph.D. position is research training leading to the successful completion of a doctoral degree. The fellowship requires admission to the research-training program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in natural sciences (e.g. meteorology or a related field such as physics, or chemistry) or computational/applied mathematics (including fluid mechanics).

Demonstrated experience with any of the following should be highlighted:

  • Knowledge of computer modelling of the climate system and/or atmospheric chemistry and transport
  • Technical expertise in scripting (Python, R, bash/shell) or programming (C++ and/or FORTRAN)
  • Evidence of independent research and writing skills

Appointment to a research fellowship is conditional upon admission to the research training program. An approved plan for the research training must be submitted no later than two month after taking up the position, and admission approved within three months. For more information please see:

Doctoral degree and PhD

A good command of English is required.

Doctoral degree: PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The application must include:

  • An application letter including a statement of research interest and indicating a preferred starting date
  • CV including one set of certified copies of certificates
  • A list of published and unpublished work
  • Three copies of selected scientific work (printed or non-printed) that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact information of two references

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

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.

The University of Oslo has a contract for all employees regarding acquisition of intellectual property rights.


Position code 1017, NOK 432 700 – 489 300 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority

For further information contact:

Professor Frode Stordal,

Dr. Ane V. Vollsnes,

For questions about the recruitment system, please contact HR-Officer Helene Jansen,
+47 22857196

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    1. juni 2017
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