PhD Fellow in Geophysical or Environmental Fluid Dynamics

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 01 Apr 2024

Stig Brøndbo
1st April 2024

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Faculty of Science and Technology
PhD Fellow in Geophysical or Environmental Fluid Dynamics
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Changing Arctic Research School 

UiT the Arctic University of Norway started a transdisciplinary research school "Changing Arctic" in August 2022, with PhD candidates and supervisors from all seven university faculties. The research school has a focus on renewable energy, food security, health and welfare. “Changing Arctic” will collaborate with actors in private and public sector. The research outcomes will contribute to resilience and transformation in the Arctic and will thus operationalize Sustainable Development Goals.  

The training will provide PhD candidates with knowledge, professional and transferable skills, and general competences that enables them to contribute to innovative and sustainable solutions for the Arctic. The research school will arrange courses, seminars, workshops, and excursions, and will organise secondments in private enterprises, NGOs, and public institutions. This is to ensure the relevance of project outcomes and enhance the employability of the PhD graduates. Read more about the research school Changing Arctic | UiT . 

The position

The position is a fixed term position for a duration of four years. The nominal length of the PhD programme is three years. The fourth year is distributed as 25% each year and will consist of teaching (10%) and other duties such as secondments and interactions with the industry or the public sector (15 %). The objective of the position is to complete research training to the level of a doctoral degree. Admission to the PhD programme is a prerequisite for employment, and the programme period starts on commencement of the position.

We seek candidates interested in the following research areas: Climate Modelling, Sea Ice, Applied Mathematics, Fluid Dynamics and Lagrangian coherent structures.

The workplace is at UiT in Tromsø. You must be able to start in the position within a reasonable time after receiving the offer. The Research School starts on the 1st of September 2024.

The position’s affiliation and field of research 

Despite the candidate is a member of the research school, they will be employed at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics , at the Faculty of Science and Technology .

The focus of the project will be the investigation of regional and sub-regional coherent structures and transport barriers with significant climate impact that are not sufficiently resolved in typical CMIP6 models. The research group is especially interested in connecting recently developed sea ice dynamics diagnostics with broader sea ice changes for a variety of observational and modeling datasets. Well-developed proposals focused on coherent structures in other environmental flows, and their climate impacts, are also welcome. The investigation of the models will rely on deploying analytical methods from various branches of mathematics, combined with numerical computing. The PhD candidate has the opportunity to be associated with EU Project ClimTip.

The principal supervisor will be Associate Professor Nikolas Aksamit, and head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UiT, Martin Rypdal, will be the second supervisor.


For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Nikolas Aksamit: 

or Head of the Department Martin Rypdal:

or The Changing Arctic Research School Professor Michaela Aschan and senior adviser Hanne Risan Johnsen: 

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This position requires: 

  • A master's degree or equivalent in applied mathematics, physical oceanography, meteorology, climate dynamics, physics, fluid dynamics or related and relevant field. Applicants from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds are invited to apply.
  • A master's thesis (see specifications below) 
  • Adjust and add as needed from faculty specific text below 
  • Documented fluency in English. Nordic applicants can document their English capabilities by attaching their high school diploma. 

The suitable candidate must have:

  • Knowledge about and skills in mathematical analysis, numerical modelling, data analysis, and field/laboratory experience is a strong advantage
  • Applicants must be self-motivated and be able to work independently in a structured manner and also demonstrate good collaborative skills
  • Scientific programming experience (e.g. Python, Matlab, etc.)

The master thesis should show a high level of proficiency with respect to numerical implementation of mathematical models or programming.

It is considered an advantage if you have: 

  • A record of scientific publication
  • Working experience in this field of research 
  • Experience working in a team
  • Experience with project management  
  • Connections to national or international research networks
  • Experience with environmental experimental or observational†data  
  • Working knowledge of Norwegian or a Scandinavian language
  • Experience with atmospheric climate or fluid modeling
  • Excellence in Master's thesis and grade transcripts

Qualification with a master’s degree is required before commencement in the position. If you are near completion of your master’s degree, you may still apply and submit a draft version of the thesis and a statement from your supervisor or institution indicating when the degree will be obtained. You must still submit your transcripts for the master’s degree with your application.

In the assessment, the emphasis is on the applicant's potential to complete a research education based on the master's thesis or equivalent, and any other scientific work. The vision description will also be considered. In addition, other experience of significance for the completion of the doctoral programme may be given consideration.

Emphasis will ultimately be put on the candidate’s potential for research, motivation and personal suitability for the position. Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates. We are looking for candidates who:

  • Have good collaboration skills
  • Have good communication and interaction with colleagues and students
  • Wants to contribute to a good working environment

As many poeple as possible should have the opportunity to undertake organized research training. If you already hold a PhD or have equivalent competence, we will not appoint you to this position.

Admission to the PhD programme 

For employment in the PhD position, you must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Science and Technology  and participate in organized doctoral studies within the employment period.

Admission normally requires:  

  • A bachelor's degree of 180 ECTS and a master's degree, or an integrated master's degree.

UiT normally accepts higher education from countries that are part of the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

In order to gain admission to the programme, the applicant must have a grade point average of C or better for the master’s degree and for relevant subjects of the bachelor’s degree. A more detailed description of admission requirements can be found here . 

If you are employed in the position, you will be provisionally admitted to the PhD programme. Application for final admission must be submitted no later than two months after taking up the position. 

Find more information about taking a PhD at the Arctic University of Norway in the PhD-guide from Tromsø Doctoral Students (TODOS).

Inclusion and diversity

UiT The Arctic University of Norway is working actively to promote equality, gender balance and diversity among employees and students, and to create an inclusive and safe working environment. We believe that inclusion and diversity are a strength, and we want employees with different competencies, professional experience, life experience and perspectives.

If you have a disability, a gap in your CV or immigrant background, we encourage you to tick the box for this in your application. If there are qualified applicants, we invite at least one in each group for an interview. If you get the job, we will adapt the working conditions if you need it. Apart from selecting the right candidates, we will only use the information for anonymous statistics.

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We offer
  • Involvement in an interesting research project in a transdisciplinary research school 
  • A good and interdisciplinary academic environment with dedicated colleagues  
  • Good career opportunities, and high employability after successful graduation 
  • A stunning Arctic landscape and diversity of outdoor activities 
  • Flexible working hours
  • Pension scheme through the state pension fund
  • Good welfare benefits
  • PhD Fellows are normally given a salary of 532 200 NOK/year with a 3% yearly increase

Norwegian health policy aims to ensure that everyone, irrespective of their personal finances and where they live, has access to good health and care services of equal standard. As an employee you will become member of the National Insurance Scheme which also include health care services.

The UiT campus is near the center of Tromsø, a vibrant city located in Northern Norway with approximately 75 000 inhabitants, surrounded by the stunning landscape of Northern Scandinavia. The location also offers ample opportunities, e.g., skiing, hiking, the northern lights and the midnight sun. More practical information for working and living in Norway can be found here: Welcome to UiT!

More practical information about working and living in Norway can be found here:


Your application must include: 

  • Cover letter explaining your experience, research interests and motivation for this specific research project (max. 2 pages)
  • CV (maximum 2 pages)
  • Diploma for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Transcript of grades/academic record for bachelor's and master's degree
  • Explanation of the grading system for foreign education (Diploma Supplement if available)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • Three written references, preferably including the Master thesis supervisor
  • Contact information to 2-3 references
  • Master’s thesis, and any other academic works
  • Vision of how personal research interests align with this specific project (1 page)

All documentation to be considered must be in a Scandinavian language or English. Diplomas and transcripts must also be submitted in the original language, if not in English or Scandinavian. If English proficiency is not documented in the application, it must be documented before starting in the position. We only accept applications and documentation sent via Jobbnorge within the application deadline. 

General information 

The appointment is made in accordance with State regulations and guidelines at UiT. At our website, you will find more information for applicants . 

Remuneration for the position of PhD Fellow is in accordance with the State salary scale code 1017. A compulsory contribution of 2 % to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund will be deducted. You will become a member of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund, which gives you many benefits in addition to a lifelong pension: You may be entitled to financial support if you become ill or disabled, your family may be entitled to financial support when you die, you become insured against occupational injury or occupational disease, and you can get good terms on a mortgage. Read more about your employee benefits at: .

A shorter period of appointment may be decided when the PhD Fellow has already completed parts of their research training programme or when the appointment is based on a previous qualifying position PhD Fellow, research assistant, or the like in such a way that the total time used for research training amounts to three years.

We process personal data given in an application or CV in accordance with the Personal Data Act (Offentleglova). According to the Personal Data Act information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure. You will receive advance notification in the event of such publication, if you have requested non-disclosure. 

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UiT The Arctic University of Norway is a multi-campus comprehensive university at the international forefront. Our vision is to be a driving force for developing the High North. The Northern Sami notion eallju, which means eagerness to work, sets the tone for this motive power at UiT. Along with students, staff and the wider community, we aim to utilise our location in Northern Norway and Sápmi, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio and interdisciplinary advantage to shape the future.

Our social mission is to provide research-based education of high quality, perform artistic development and carry out research of the highest international quality standards in the entire range from basic to applied. We will convey knowledge about disciplines and contribute to innovation. Our social mission unites UiT across various studies, research fields and large geographical distances. This demands good cooperation with trade and industry and civil society as well as with international partners. We will strengthen knowledge-based and sustainable development at a regional, national and international level.

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We will demonstrate adaptability and seek good and purposeful utilisation of resources, so we are ready to meet the expectations and opportunities of the future. We will strengthen the quality and impact of our disciplines and core tasks through the following three strategic priority areas.

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1st April 2024


UiT The Arctic University of Norway


Tromsø - Romsa


Fulltime (1 positions) Fulltime (%)


Fixed Term

Place of service
Hansine Hansens veg 18, 9019 Tromsø


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