Postdoctoral Researcher in the Field of Atmospheric and Space Science

Trondheim, Norway
10 Jan 2021
End of advertisement period
08 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The work will utilize observational evidence to quantify the impact of solar and energetic particle effects on neutral atmosphere chemistry and dynamics. The position will be part of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS), a Research Council of Norway international collaborative Centre of Excellence. Hence the position, located at NTNU, will provide abundant opportunities for scientific cooperation with both the international and Norwegian space-science communities.

You will report to Patrick Espy, Head of Atmospheric and Environmental Physics group.

Duties of the position

  • Utilize satellite data, as well as ground-based atmospheric radar, airglow, and radiometer data to quantify solar and energetic particle effects.
  • Participate in the wider activities of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS) Centre of Excellence
  • Attend conferences, present work and publish research results in peer-reviewed journals

Required selection criteria

A postdoctoral research fellowship is a qualification position in which the main objective is qualification for work in academic positions. You must have completed a Norwegian doctoral degree in Atmospheric Science, Space Physics, Astrophysics or a related field, or a corresponding foreign doctoral degree recognized as equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree is required.

If, for any reason, you have taken a career break or have had an atypical career and wish to disclose this in your application, the selection committee will take this into account, recognizing that the quantity of your research may be reduced as a result.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

Required selection criteria

  • Strong data analysis, statistical, and programming skills demonstrated within the field of Atmospheric Science, Space Physics and/or Astrophysics
  • Practical experience handling and interpreting large datasets and/or atmospheric models
  • Verbal and written fluency in English

Preferred selection criteria

  • Demonstrated ability to disseminate findings orally at professional meetings and workshops
  • Previous authorship of high impact publications in the field of Space/Atmospheric Physics

Personal characteristics

  • The successful applicant should be highly competent, motivated and ambitious.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are important

We offer

Salary and conditions

The employment period is 2 years.

Postdoctoral candidates are placed in code 1352, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 545 300 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2% is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution daily.

About the application

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English.

Publications and other scientific work must follow the application. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above. 

The application must include:

  • A cover letter describing the candidate’s motivation, skills and personal qualifications for the position
  • CV, certificates and diplomas
  • A list of publications
  • Any academic works - published or unpublished - that the candidate would like to be considered in the assessment
  • Name and address of three referees

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (Offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact  Prof. Patrick Espy,  email: or Robert Hibbins, email: Further information about the BCSS can be found at:

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates.

Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered.

Please refer to the application number NV-03/21 when applying.

Application deadline: 08.03.2021

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Deadline 8th March 2021
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Gløshaugen

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