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Nikolai Østgaard Nikolai.Ostgaard at ift.uib.no
Mon Mar 31 02:06:21 MDT 2014

Space Physics Professorship at University of Bergen applications due 15 May

The Space Physics group at the Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen (UB) has now an open position at the Professor level.  The position will be part of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS), one of the newly established Centre of Excellence. BCSS was established on March 1, 2013, with substantial funding for the next 5 years, and following a positive outcome of a mid term evaluation the funding will be extended for another 5 years.  BCSS consists of the space physics groups at UB, Norwegian University of Science and Technolgy (NTNU) and the University Centre at Svalbard (UNIS) and is lead by UB. BCSS is organized in two instrument groups, one Education and Public Outreach group, and four research groups, which will address the following scientific questions:

Q1) When and why is the aurora in the two hemispheres asymmetric?

Q2) How do we get beyond the static large scale picture of the ionosphere?

Q3) What are the effects of particle precipitation on the atmospheric system?

Q4) What is the role of energetic particles from thunderstorms in geospace?

The space physics group at UB has been involved in designing and building of detectors and readout electronics for many decades, and has now a close collaboration with the micro-electronics group  at the Department of Physics and Technology. We have designed and built payloads and instruments for balloons, rockets and satellites, and were heavily involved in instruments flying on Polar, INTEGRAL and SIR-2. This activity is now organized in the space instrumentation group of BCSS at UB. Currently we are building a large X- and gamma-ray detector for ASIM, which will be flown on the International Space Station in 2016. We are also building smaller X- and gamma-ray detectors that will fly on balloons (COBRAT) and aircraft campaigns.

For this Professor position we are looking for a candidate to lead Research group 2 of BCSS. This group focuses on ionospheric dynamics and will address question Q2. In addition to the new leader, this group has at the moment two Professors, one adjunct professor and three PhD students. The successful candidate should have a strong background in space physics, with special emphasis on the physics of the ionosphere. Furthermore, the successful candidate should document project and team management skills. Publication profile and ability to win grant proposals will also be evaluated. The candidate should also take part in the experimental efforts of BCSS.  We are looking for a team builder that is creative and is able to take own initiatives.

For further information about the position please contact Professor Nikolai Østgaard, phone (+47) 55 58 27 94; e-mail nikolai.ostgaard at ift.uib.no.
Salary for professor will be in the range of 68–73 (code 1013) in the Civil Service pay grade table according to qualifications; currently NOK  572,700 - 631,400 gross p.a. Starting salary for associate professors is 57 (code 1011/pay framework 24.1); currently NOK 468,400 gross p.a. Automatic salary increases will occur at fixed intervals within the pay framework (wage range 57–65).

The full description of this announcement as well as instructions for applicants can be fund at

http://www.jobbnorge.no/ledige-stillinger/stilling/101582/professor-foersteamanuensis-i-romfysikk  and the Application has to be submitted electronically through www.jobbnorge.no

Closing date for applications: 15 May 2014

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