22 marzo 2012

PhD Fellowship in Oceanography

Job Position: PhD Student
Contact Person:
Johnny A. Johannessen
Deadline: 20. April 2012 (All day)

The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center is offering a 3-year PhD fellowship position in oceanography in collaboration with the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. Candidates should hold a master degree (or equivalent) in oceanography, applied mathematics, or related fields. Good knowledge and skills with computer tools, software and programming are required.

The research work will focus on use of satellite data jointly with in-situ observations and ocean model fields for studies of the ocean circulation in the high latitude and Arctic Ocean. In particular, using new data from the European Space Agency GOCE satellite, a more precise high-resolution “window” for combining the earth’s gravity field and ocean circulation is now being derived. Taking benefit of this the fellowship shall aim to:

- avance the understanding of the relationship between the detailed gravity field, the mean ocean circulation and the magnitude of mean ocean transport, in particular for the oceanic exchanges between the Arctic region and the Atlantic Ocean;
- derive new insight on the ocean energy budget, and the partition between mean and time varying ocean circulation;
strengthen the capability to validate ocean models.

It is also likely that the fellowship will be involved in a larger national and international research effort in this field.

The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (www.nersc.no) is an independent research foundation located in Bergen, Norway and affiliated with the University of Bergen. The centre currently employs about 65 persons from 13 nations. The Nansen centre is part of the Nansen Group, including research centres in Norway, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Bangladesh, as well as the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen.

The Ph.D. fellowship salary and social benefits are regulated according to the rules implemented by the Research Council of Norway.

Applications, including CV, list of University courses and marks, as well as names and e-mails of three references shall be sent to admin@nersc.no within 20. April 2012.

For further information contact Prof. Johnny A. Johannessen at the Nansen Center (johnny.johannessen@nersc.no, tel. + 47 55205836) or Dr. Tor Eldevik at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen (tor.eldevik@gfi.uib.no, tel. +47 55588731).