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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global glacier modeling using machine learning
Oslo, Norway
University of Oslo
  • Postdoctoral Researcher

Position as 4-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global glacier modeling using machine learning available at the Department of Geosciences at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway.

Earliest starting date is January 1, 2024 but the exact date can be negotiated.

The appointment is a fulltime position for a period of four years (25 % of which is devoted to required duties other than research, usually in the form of teaching activities).

No one can be appointed for more than one Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Oslo.

The position aims to develop a modeling framework suitable to reconstruct and project the multi-decadal/century evolution of all >200,000 glaciers on Earth outside the ice sheets. The work will build on the Python Glacier Evolution Model (PyGEM) but markedly enhance its physical basis regarding surface mass balance and glacier dynamics while retaining computational efficiency through inclusion of machine learning techniques. The ultimate goal is to provide reliable policy-relevant multi-decadal/century-scale global glacier projections and scenarios.

The position is part of the recently funded EU ERC Advanced Grant “Past and Future High-resolution Global Glacier Mass Changes (GLACMASS)”. The postdoctoral fellow will be part of a growing team of researchers, postdocs and PhD students working on reconstructing and projecting global glacier mass changes using machine learning and data assimilation as part of GLACMASS (see also other positions announced). The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the supervision of the project´s PhD students. Funding is available for conference attendances as well as research visits with external collaborators at universities in Europe and the USA. No fieldwork is anticipated for this project, but possibilities to gain field experience may well arise within other projects in the glaciology group.

Postdoctoral fellows who are appointed for a period of four years are expected to acquire basic pedagogical competency in the course of their fellowship period within the duty component of 25 %.

The main purpose of a postdoctoral fellowship is to provide the candidates with enhanced skills to pursue a scientific top position within or beyond academia. To promote a strategic career path, all postdoctoral research fellows are required to submit a professional development plan no later than one month after commencement of the postdoctoral period.


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