CEDAR email: PhD opportunity at the University of Oslo
lasse.clausen at fys.uio.no
Mon Mar 13 05:57:07 MDT 2017
Position as PhD Research fellow in Plasma Physics and Technology is
available at The Department of Physics.
If the successful candidate has a good knowledge of one Scandinavian
language (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish), the fellowship will be for a
period of 4 years, with 25% compulsory work (teaching at the Department
of Physics). Otherwise, the fellowship will be for a period of 3 years,
with no compulsory work. Starting date no later than 01.10.2017.
No one can be appointed for more than one fixed-term period at the same
The successful candidate will be a part of the Section for Plasma and
Space Physics at The Department of Physics as well as the 4DSpace
strategic research initiative. The main focus of these groups is to
advance our understanding of high latitude electrodynamics and its
impact on technological systems like GPS. The main tools used in these
investigations are advanced numerical models, ground-based radar and
optical systems, instruments on board spacecraft, and in situ
measurements made by sounding rockets.
During this project the successful candidate will investigate the
dynamics of the large-scale currents (Birkeland currents) that couple
the outer magnetosphere to the upper atmosphere (ionosphere). The role
of the currents during the magnetospheric loading/unloading cycle
(magnetic substorms) and their impact on the formation of small-scale
structures that cause signal disturbances in modern navigation systems
like GPS and Galileo are of particular interest. The investigation will
primarily be based on the analysis of measurements from the Active
Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment
(AMPERE), complemented by data from optical facilities located on
Svalbard, and time series from the first Norwegian scientific satellite,
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to take a leading
role throughout the entire project, which includes data analysis,
interpretation of results, and publication of the findings. It is also
expected that the successful candidate works in close collaboration with
the other members of the 4DSpace initiative.
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition
of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships
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 Master’s degree or equivalent in physics, and
preferably have pursued a Master project in space or plasma physics.
Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June 2017 to complete
the final exam.
Since the project is heavily reliant on data analysis, the ideal
candidate has a proven track record in the analysis of large data sets;
the specific programming language used is of minor interest.
Experience with the analysis of geophysical data from instruments like
AMPERE, SuperDARN, all-sky imagers, and GPS scintillation receivers is
considered a plus.
The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the
successful completion of a PhD degree.
The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of
Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD program
must be submitted to the department no later than two months after
taking up the position. For more information see:
A good command of English is required.
Position code 1017, salary NOK 432 700 – 489 300 per year depending on
qualifications and seniority.
The application must include:
Application letter including a description of scientific interests
and the motivation for applying for the position (max. 2 pages)
CV (summarizing education, work experience and academic work,
including any scientific publications and other qualifying activity)
Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records, and
letters of recommendation
Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to
candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
Documentation of English proficiency
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. Applications with documents
missing will not be considered further.
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 has a goal of recruiting
more women in academic positions. Women are encouraged to apply.
UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to
research results a.o.
Associate Prof. Lasse Clausen, e-mail: lasse.clausen at fys.uio.no, tel.
+47 228 55661.
For questions regarding the recruitment system Jobbnorge, please contact
HR Officer Therese Ringvold, e-mail: therese.ringvold at mn.uio.no, phone:
+47 22 85 16 06.
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