Postdoctoral Research Fellow in permafrost biogeochemistry
Global scale warming has led to permafrost to thaw and releasing large
amount of carbon stock in permafrost soils to the atmosphere as CO2 and
CH4, but processes related to CH4 cycling in Earth System Models are
relatively new and are not effectively evaluated with observations. The
newly funded FEEDBACK project will use automated observational technique
to collect CO2 and CH4 under thawing permafrost to evaluate and improve
CO2 and CH4 dynamics under thawing permafrost within the land surface
model of the Norwegian Earth System Model.
A 2-year postdoctoral researcher position in soil biogeochemistry and
land-atmospheric interaction is available at Uni Research Climate in
Bergen, Norway, with possibility of renewal. The candidate will be
responsible for the fieldwork in northern Norway, particularly on CO2
and CH4 observations in close interaction with statisticians and
modelers. Furthermore, the candidate will use EnKF (Ensemble Kalman
filter) method to understand the processes related to CO2 and CH4
production and oxidation that can improve models.
The successful candidate should have a PhD degree or the equivalent in
the discipline of either geosciences, atmospheric science, soil science,
or biology with a strong background in carbon and nutrient cycling.
Furthermore, the candidate must present evidence that she/he is capable
of conducting field campaign as well as data analysis skills using R or
the equivalent. Previous experience with eddy covariance method would be
highly beneficial. The candidate should have good understandings of soil
biogeochemistry and previous experience with permafrost affected
ecosystems is most beneficial.
The successful candidate should further demonstrate:
– Knowledge in processes related to terrestrial carbon cycling
– Experience with gas flux measurements in the field
– Qualify control in the field and with data
– Technical expertise in data analysis using R or the equivalent
– Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research
– Excellent writing and communication skills in English
– Collaborate with researchers in different discipline
The application must include:
– A 2-pg motivation letter including a statement of research interests
– CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work, and other
– Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records*
– List of publications and/or awards and stipends that the applicant
wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
– If available, a copy of the PhD thesis
– Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to
candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
*Foreign applicants are recommended to attach an explanation of their
University’s grading system.
*Please remember that all documents should either be in English or a
For further information about the position please contact Hanna Lee
(firstname.lastname@example.org). As a partner in BCCR, we can offer numerous training
and career development opportunities via ResClim (http://resclim.no/)
and CHESS (The Norwegian Research School on Changing Climate in the
coupled Earth System). For more information about Uni Research and BCCR,
please visit http://uni.no/klima and http://ift.tt/15vg6sA.
Please note that the application must be submitted via jobbnorge system
and applications submitted via email will not be considered for
evaluation. Please visit the jobbnorge page
to apply. Send electronic application by clicking on the button marked
“APPLY FOR THIS JOB” on this page. Applications must include a CV,
certified copies of diplomas and certificates, a 2-pg letter of
motivation describing yourself and outlining your motivation and
relevant experience for the project, and contact details of at least two
references. Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.
Deadline for application: 1st June 2016
The position starts ASAP but the start date is negotiable.