Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Solar Physics

Location
Oslo, Norway
Posted
12 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2018
Ref
158405
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Available at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics.

The fellowship period is 3 years. Within the framework of the position duties may be assigned. Starting date after 01.12.2018. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution meaning that people that have had a previous postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Oslo are not eligible for the position.

Job description/ Project description

The postdoctoral fellowship is connected to the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics (RoCS) funded by the Research Council of Norway and the University of Oslo from November 1st, 2017. The primary goal of RoCS 10-year effort lies in understanding the workings of the energetic Sun. To attack this goal a concerted effort of numerical modelling, both fluid (extended MHD) and particle oriented, will be combined with high quality observations taken at ground based and space based observatories to produce models of the active Sun. The Solar group at the ITA is presently led by Mats Carlsson, who is also the leader of RoCS.

The group has an internationally leading competence in radiative transfer and radiative hydrodynamics. Observationally, the group has access to the Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope on La Palma, to ALMA, to several space based satellites such as NASA’s IRIS and SDO, JAXA’s Hinode and in the near future ESA’s Solar Orbiter. The group utilizes strongly local and national High-Performance Computing facilities. With the RoCS centre of excellence, the Solar group is expanding significantly.

Qualification requirements

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.

The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in astronomy/astrophysics or a related discipline. We seek a candidate with a background preferably in solar or stellar physics, who has experience with numerical simulations and/or the analysis of observations incl. the handling of large data sets. Experience in non-LTE radiative transfer, hydrodynamic and/or radiation hydrodynamics and/or particle oriented modeling is welcomed. The candidate will have to program in Fortran90 and IDL/Python. Programming skills are therefore an essential requirement.

A good command of written and spoken English is required.

The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines. 

Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions: https://www.uio.no/english/about/regulations/personnel/academic/regulations-employment-conditions-postdoc.html

We offer

  • salary NOK 515 200 – 597 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Postdoctoral Research Fellow (position code 1352)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter
  • Project description of how the applicant envisions to carry out research within the Rosseland Centre for Solar Physics
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on the documented, academic qualifications, the project description, and the quality of the project as well as the candidates motivation and personal suitability. Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.
It is expected that the successful candidate will be able to complete the project in the course of the period of employment.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed as Postdoctoral Fellow for more than one specified period at the same institution.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

Professor Mats Carlsson, telephone +47-99032357, email mats.carlsson@astro.uio.no

For further question regarding the application process please contact: HR Officer Ørjan Pretorius, e-mail: orjan.pretorius@mn.uio.no