Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within space physics

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within space physics

At the Department of Physics and Technology, there is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position within space physics. The position is for a fixed term of 4 years and is associated with the “Hard Radiation from Thunderclouds” team within space physics group and is funded through NFR and ASIM funding.

About the project/work tasks:

The “Hard Radiation from Thunderclouds” team within the space physics group is focusing on atmospheric electricity and especially the production of relativistic electrons and gamma-ray emission related to thunderclouds and electrical discharges. The team is playing a leading role in Atmosphere Space Interaction Monitor (ASIM) currently operating at the International Space Station (ISS) and was leading the Airborne Lightning Observatory for FEGS and TGFs (ALOFT) aircraft campaign which was carried out in the summer of 2023. The unprecedented data from these two missions have already led to several discoveries published in prestigious journals as Science and Nature. The project for this postdoc position will further utilize these data and take part in future aircraft campaign, which the group is planning for. All available relevant data for this research will be used in this project, including electric field-, optical-, radar- and ground-based radio measurements.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within physics or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded. 
  • Documented experience from Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flash (TGF) research is a requirement.
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others.
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English.

It is an advantage if the applicants have experience from the following areas:

  • Processing gamma-ray data associated with thunderclouds and be familiar with the challenges in analysing such data.
  • Familiar with analysing optical and radio data associated with TGFs.
  • Good theoretical understanding and background in the processes involved in the production of gamma-rays from thunderclouds.
  • Good programming skills

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

Special requirements for the position 

The University of Bergen is subjected to the regulation for export control system. The regulation will be applied in the processing of the applications. 

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow:

The postdoctoral position is a fixed term position with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed term of this position is four years and includes teaching duties corresponding to about 25% of the overall working time. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research fellow at the same institution. In accordance with the Research Council’s rules, neither can anyone be hired more than once as an NFR-financed postdoctoral research fellow.

For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work, as well as a progress plan, will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor and head of department. 

It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment. 

We can offer:

  • a good and professionally stimulating working environment
  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good welfare benefits
  • position as postdoctoral fellow (code 1352 in the basic collective agreement) and a gross annual salary of NOK 624 500 (equivalent to pay grade 64) upon appointment. Further increases in salary are made according to length of service in the position. A higher salary may be considered for a particularly well-qualified applicant.
  • good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • a brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • the names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme. 
  • CV
  • relevant certificates/references
  • list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • publications (as applicable)
  • transcripts and diplomas. If you have not yet completed your PhD degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming that the thesis has been submitted. 

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge 

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact: Professor Nikolai Østgaard, Department of Physics and Technology, tel. +47 55 58 27 94 / e-mail or Professor Martino Marisaldi, Department of Physics and Technology, tel. +47 55 58 46 20/ e-mail

For HR related questions contact HR adviser Thea Thingnes, email 

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position. 

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

Upon the expiry of the closing date for applications, an evaluation committee will be appointed. As an applicant, you have a right of access to the committee’s description of your formal and professional qualifications. If you wish to take advantage of this right of access, please contact the executive officer in charge after receiving information about the appointment of the evaluation committee.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions.

Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

We encourage applicants with disabilities, immigrant backgrounds, or gaps in their CV to apply. By indicating such circumstances in your application, you may receive favourable consideration. We ensure that at least one qualified applicant from each of these groups is invited for an interview as part of our commitment to inclusivity and equal opportunity.Further information about our employment process can be found here

About The University of Bergen (UiB) 

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

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Deadline: 2024-08-01
Location: Norway, Bergen
Categories: Physics, Postdoc, space physics, Technology,


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