Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Observational Solar Physics

Friday, August 23, 2013
A three-year position as postdoctoral research fellow (SKO 1352) is available at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.

The fellowship period is 3 years. Within the framework of the position, duties may be assigned. Starting date is in the last quarter of 2013. No one can be appointed for more than one specified period at the same institution.

Job descriptionThe postdoctoral fellow will be working on the project "Ground-based solar observational campaigns to strengthen Hinode and IRIS science" which is funded by the Research Council of Norway. The University of Oslo has an annual quota of 40 observing days at the Swedish 1-meter Solar Telescope on La Palma which is one of the world-leading facilities for high-resolution solar imaging, polarimetry and spectroscopy. The Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics hosts extensive computing hard-ware dedicated to the reduction, processing and analysis of solar observations. The Institute hosts the Hinode Science Data Centre Europe and is actively involved in the IRIS mission. The successful applicant is expected to carry out observational research combining ground-based data from the SST and space-based data from Hinode / IRIS.

QualificationsThe Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.
The candidate must have a PhD or other corresponding education equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in astronomy/astrophysics or a related discipline.
The main purpose of post-doctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in top academic positions within their disciplines.
Please also refer to the regulations pertaining to the conditions of employment for post-doctoral fellowship positions.
good command of English is required.

Letters of referenceThe applicant should arrange for two letters of reference to be sent by e-mail to

SalaryPay Grade: 57 – 65  (NOK 473 400 – 548 700 per year, depending on qualifications and seniority).

The application must include:
  • Application letter
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, pedagogical experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activity).
  • Copies of educational certificates.
  • A complete list of publications.
  • Short version of CV containing: 1) the institution where the master thesis (or equivalent) was received and the date of graduation, 2)  the title of the Ph.D thesis, the institution where the Ph.D. was received and the date of the defence, 3) the institutions where the applicant has been employed after receiving the Ph.D., 4) the number of papers published in refereed journals (how many as first author) and 5) very brief (2 – 3 sentences) description of field of research and how it is related to observational solar physics.
  • Names and contact details of two references who have been asked to send reference letters.

Please remember that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.
In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.
UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

Region: Oslo
Job type: Contract
Working hours: Full-time
Working days: Day
Application deadline: 1 September 2013
Location: Blindern
Reference number: 2013/7658
Home page:

Associate Professor Luc Rouppe van der Voort
Telephone: +47 22857528
Head of Department Viggo H. Hansteen
Telephone: +47 22856120


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