Postdoctoral Fellow on Ocean Turbulence and Sea Ice Biogeochemical Exchanges – Arctic University of Norway

At the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, there is a position available for a Postdoctoral research fellow on the study of Ocean Turbulence and Sea Ice Biogeochemical Exchanges. The position is affiliated with the Arctic Marine System Ecology (AMSE) research group and the Norwegian Research Council project BREATHE.

The position is a fixed term of 27 months from spring 2022. The applicant must carry out project duties over the full term of employment. No person can hold more than one fixed-term position as Potdoctoral Fellow at the same institution. The Postdoctoral Fellow must work from Tromsø, at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. After receiving the offer of appointment, the applicant must be able to commence the position between February and June 2022.

The Department of Arctic and Marine Biology (AMB) includes 5 research groups distributed across several buildings. Research and teaching at AMB has a broad span, from molecular mechanisms at cellular/subcellular levels to organism and ecosystem-based levels of investigation. The Institute has extensive national and international research collaborations, including regional institutions like Framsenteret, IMR and NIBIO. The AMB department is comprised of 56 permanent scientists, 25 technicians, 12 administrative positions and 50 temporary employees (researchers, postdocs, PhD research fellows, technicians).

If you recieve a personal overseas research grant from NFR it is possible to apply NFR for an extension of the fellowship period corresponding to the length of the stay abroad (minimum three months, maximum 12 months). 

The position’s field of research: The Postdoctoral Fellow position is affiliated with the Norwegian Research Council project BREATHE – Bottom-sea ice Respiration and nutrient Exchanges Assessed for THE Arctic. The project will study key processes of turbulence-driven nutrient supply to algae inhabiting the bottom of sea ice. It will use technologies like eddy covariance systems to characterise the influence of sea ice microbial production on sea-ice-ocean O2 flux. The project brings together researchers from UiT, as well as the Norwegian Polar institute (NPI) and members of the Arctic Science Partnership (ASP). Project work will include extensive Arctic fieldwork for sensor deployment and analysis of the outputs for the purposes of quantifying nutrient and gas transport.

The person hired will work with development of oceanographic and biogeochemical sensors for use under sea ice and at the sea ice-ocean interface. The candidate will use these tools to quantify conditions of ocean turbulence under a range of ice types, from which parameterisations for nutrient supply in biogeochemical modeling of sea ice primary production may be derived.

We are looking for a motivated person who will work independently and function well as part of a team. The candidate will work collaboratively with other members of the BREATHE project and will be integrated into the networks of UiT and the ASP.

Required qualifications:

  • Successfully completed a doctoral degree in the field of oceanography, physics, micrometeorology, or similar field, from a Norwegian institution or equivalent degree program
  • Experience working with oceanographic and/or meteorological instrumentation
  • Experience processing large datasets from sensor platforms
  • First-author publications in the peer-reviewed literature
  • Documented good oral and written communication skills in English

Additional desirable qualifications, knowledge and experience:

  • Sea ice physics
  • Marine biogeochemistry
  • Eddy covariance instrumentation
  • In situ instrument deployment at sea or in ice camp settings
  • Quantitative data analysis

Qualification with a PhD is required before commencement in the position. If you’re at the final stages of your PhD, you may still apply if you have submitted your PhD thesis for doctoral degree evaluation within the application deadline. You must submit the thesis with your application. You must have defended the thesis before the start-up date of the position. 

In assessment of applications, emphasis will be placed on the relevance of research work to date, the quality of the provided research proposal and the applicant’s track record. Personal motivation and personal suitability will also be taken into account.

At UiT we put emphasis on the quality, relevance and significance of the research work and not on where the work is published, in accordance with the principles of The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

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