Postdoctoral Research Fellow in sea ice physics/physical oceanography – Norwegian Polar Institute

We have an open position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in sea ice physics/physical oceanography. The position is funded by the project «air-snow-ice-ocean INTERactions transforming Atlantic Arctic Climate (INTERAAC)».

This is a fixed-term position for 2 years and belongs to the institute’s Arctic Ocean programme. This program consists of a wide range of interdisciplinary research projects that ensure to a good basis for environmental management. You will be employed at the Section for Oceans and Sea Ice in our Research Department. The section conducts research and monitoring in physical and chemical oceanography and sea ice physics in the polar regions. This contributes to quantification of key climate indicators, increased understanding of climate processes and improved environmental management in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

Your workplace will be Tromsø, Norway. Some travel will be expected when participating in project meetings with partners in Norway and China and in international workshops and meetings. There might be possibilities for participating on cruises.

Work content

The main work task in this position is to process existing and new data from sensors on instrument moorings, drifting sea ice buoys, and in situ or airborne data. The data series will be shared with the project partners to perform joint analyses of in situ and airborne measurements of sea ice and snow on sea ice. You will perform time series analysis and statistical analysis using Matlab and/or Python. The data sets will be published on and in peer-review papers.


You must hold a completed PhD in oceanography, meteorology, physics, geophysics or applied mathematics.

A Norwegian doctoral degree or equivalent doctoral degree from a foreign university is required. You are welcome to apply if you have not completed your doctoral dissertation yet, but you must then provide documentation that your dissertation has been submitted for evaluation before the position’s closing date. An approved public defence of your doctoral thesis is a prerequisite for employment.

In addition to your PhD degree the position requires:

  • experience with handling, processing and analysing in situ/oceanographic data sets
  • experience with publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • experience with time series analysis
  • experience with programming in Matlab or Python (NetCDF-format data)

The following are considered assets:

  • experience with research in polar areas
  • knowledge of ocean physics, snow physics, sea ice extent and/or oceanography
  • knowledge of ocean circulation, ocean-ice-atmosphere interactions, as well as atmospheric driving forces
  • knowledge of various instruments/sensors for observations in time and space, as well as processing and analysis of data from these
  • experience with satellite products (SAR, altimetry, optics)

We are looking for a person who is independent, goal-oriented, solution-oriented and structured. You will collaborate with colleagues at the Norwegian Polar Institute and external project partners in Norway (primarily UiT the Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø) and China, so good collaborative skills and communications skills are essential. You have an understanding of cultural differences.

Good language skills in English are required. Our working language is Norwegian, so knowledge of the Norwegian language will carry weight in the assessment. If you do not speak Norwegian you are expected to attend language courses within the first two years of your employment since communicating in Norwegian will be important for you, as well as for the institute. We pay for courses that are completed successfully.

We can offer

  • Interesting and exciting work tasks in highly international research environment.
  • Salary according to the Norwegian State salary code 1352 postdoctoral research fellow (2% is deducted to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund).
  • Field pay according to national and local agreements.
  • Membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. The membership includes many benefits, such as lifetime retirement pension, the right to financial support if you become ill or disabled, financial support for our family if something happens to you in our service, insurance against occupational injury/illness, as well as good mortgage terms.
  • Membership in our staff association, which among other things has its own cabin and facilitates various social gatherings.

A diverse work force is important to us. If you are qualified for the position, you are welcome to apply regardless of your gender, age, cultural background, disabilities or gaps in your CV. The latter two may be used for registration purposes in connection with the government’s policies.

Tromsø and the surrounding area have excellent conditions for experiencing the midnight sun, polar night, Northern lights, varied outdoor activities and a lively cultural and entertainment environment. Tromsø is situated at nearly 70°N with just about 75.000 residents. The city is an expanding centre for research, with numerous governmental and private research institutions and a major well-established university.


Further inquiries about the position may be directed to Programme Leader Arild Sundfjord,, tel. +47 473 04 197, or Section Leader Sebastian Gerland,, tel. +47 958 61 850.

The application deadline is 19 September 2022.

The application with attachments must be submitted electronically via The application should include details of your relevant qualifications and experience, CV, publications list, copies of your transcripts and names of three references. Please, do not include copies of publications or other works in the application, but note that this may be requested later in the process.

To ensure a good recruitment process, we will carry out background checks on relevant candidates for the position. This helps ensure that we recruit the right expertise and contribute to a fair evaluation of the applicants. The background check often consists of verification of information provided in the application, CV, diploma, etc. through interviews, reference interviews, searches in open sources, etc.

All applications are handled in confidentiality until the application deadline. Thereafter, a public list of applicants will be prepared. Applicants who wish to reserve their applications from the public list must give reasons for this in their applications. Information about an applicant can be made public even if the applicant has requested that they be excluded from the public list of applicants, cf. Freedom of Information Act, Section 25, 2nd paragraph.

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