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Nikolai Østgaard Nikolai.Ostgaard at ift.uib.no
Thu Aug 13 03:04:28 MDT 2015

Associate Professor in Space Physics, University of Bergen application due 31 Aug


The Space Physics group at the Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen (UB) has now an open permanent position at the Associate 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 2017. We are also building smaller X- and gamma-ray detectors that will fly on balloons (COBRAT) and aircraft campaigns.


For this associate professor position we are looking for a candidate that will participate in the leadership of the Q4 research group. The Q4 group focuses on hard radiation from thunderstorms. The Q4 group has one professor, one researcher, three postdocs, and two phD students. The Q4 group is also closely connected to the space instrumentation group, which is developing several new scientific instruments for the Q4 team. The successful candidate should have a strong background in the field of hard radiation from thunderstorms and extensive understanding of instrument development and performance.

The successful candidate should document project and team management skills. The publication profile and a successful track-record of winning 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 on and develop own initiatives in the field covered by the Q4 research theme.


For further information about the position please contact Professor Nikolai Østgaard, phone (+47) 55 58 27 94; e-mail nikolai.ostgaard at uib.no.

Salary will be in the range of 64–72 (code 1011/pay framework 24) in the Civil Service pay grade table; currently NOK 550 400–640 700 gross p.a. In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants higher salaries may be considered.


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






and the Application has to be submitted electronically through www.jobbnorge.no



Closing date for applications: 31 Aug 2015

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