Do you want to modernize the vertical reference frame along the Norwegian coast?

Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet (NMBU)
PhD scholarship in geodesy
About the position

The Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK) at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has a vacant 3-year PhD-position in geodesy.

The position is related to the Sea level, geoid, and geodetic reference frame for sustainable development along the Norwegian coast (SEGREF) project, which is a development of the former GOCE for Coastal Ocean Dynamics and Geodesy project (GOCODYN, https://www.nmbu.no/en/projects/node/31870 (https://www.nmbu.no/en/projects/node/31870)). SEGREF will investigate determination strategies for the geoid and mean sea surface, including error budgeting and combination strategies for different types of geodetic and oceanographic observations. These investigations will be achieved by exploiting new and dense geodetic data sets in a testbed along the Norwegian coast. In turn, the new high-resolution geodetic products will be applied for unifying the vertical reference systems on land and on sea, i.e., determine a suitable transformation between the national height system NN2000 and the nautical chart datum, respectively.

The candidate will collaborate with REALTEK's research group in geodesy, which, in later years, have focused on regional gravity field, sea level, and ocean dynamics in the coastal zone. The group also has absolute and relative gravimetry instrumentation at its disposal.

The candidate is expected to take part in, as well as plan and carry out field work with these and other observation platforms as necessary or possible. He/she will collaborate with international partners (willingness for extended research visits is expected) as well as with scientists from geodesy, remote sensing and oceanography on the institutional and national level.

Main tasks

Important tasks will be:

  • Data collection, evaluation and preparation
  • Review methods for geoid and mean sea surface determination, with emphasis on combination of different types of observations
  • Quality assessment, validation, and error budgeting of the geodetic products
  • Establish a transformation between the national chart datum and height system
  • Cooperation with national and international research partners
  • Dissemination of scientific results

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

Qualification requirements, desired experiences, knowledge and personal qualities

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU. The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at master's degree level (candidates submitting MSc thesis by 15 June 2020 may also be considered). The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations (http://www.nmbu.no/en/research/phd/regulations_guidelines) and the relevant PhD programme description (http://www.nmbu.no/en/research/phd). The applicant must document expertise and interest in the research subject.

Required Academic qualifications:

  • MSc degree in geodesy/geomatics, or related disciplines such as geophysics or applied mathematics

The following experiences and skills are considered favorable:

  • Specialization within physical geodesy
  • Experience with geoid computation, gravimetry, and satellite altimetry
  • Experience with field work using various sensors in geomatics
  • Scientific programming skills
  • Student/research exchange abroad
  • Knowledge of a Scandinavian language

Personal qualities:

  • We are looking for a candidate who is ambitious, curious and motivated to do a PhD, and possesses the following personal qualities:
  • Strong scientific capacity and analytical skills
  • Good social and collaborative skills
  • Good oral and written English proficiency

Remuneration and further information

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 479.600) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

For further information, please contact  Postdoctoral Fellow Vegard Ophaug at vegard.ophaug@nmbu.no, Associate Professor Christian Gerlach at gerlach@badw.de, or Associate Professor Kristian Breili at kristian.breili@kartverket.no.

Information for PhD applicants (https://www.nmbu.no/om/adm/poa/rekruttering/viktig-informasjon-for-s-kere/information-for-phd-applicants-) and general Information to applicants (https://www.nmbu.no/om/adm/poa/rekruttering/viktig-informasjon-for-s-kere/information-for-jobseekers-at-nmbu)


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply for this job' button above. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Application deadline: 15.06.2020

Applications should include (electronically) a letter of intent*, curriculum vitae, full publication list, copies of degree certificates and transcripts of academic records (all certified), and a list of two persons who may act as references (with phone numbers and e-mail addresses). Publications should be included electronically within the application deadline. The relevant NMBU Department may require further documentation, e.g. proof of English proficiency.

Printed material which cannot be sent electronically should be sent by surface mail to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK), P.O. Box 5003, NO-1432 Ås, within 15.06.2020 Please quote reference number 20/01617.

*The letter of intent should identify research interests within the topic, referring to the candidate's own expertise. A project description is available from vegard.ophaug@nmbu.no or gerlach@badw.de. 

If it is difficult to judge the applicant's contribution for publications with multiple authors, a short description of the applicant's contribution must be included.

About The Faculty of Science and Technology

The Faculty of Science and Technology (REALTEK) (https://www.nmbu.no/en/faculty/realtek)develops research-based knowledge and educates civil engineers and lecturers needed to reach the UN's sustainability goals. We have approximately 150 employees, 70 PhD students and soon 1500 students. The education and research at REALTEK cover a broad spectrum of disciplines.

This includes data science, mechanics and process engineering, robotics, construction and architecture, industrial economics, environmental physics and renewable energy, geomatics, water and environmental engineering, applied mathematics as well as secondary school teacher education in natural sciences and use of natural resources such as in agriculture, forestry and aquaculture. The workplace is in Ås, 30 km from Oslo.

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NMBU has a special responsibility for research and education that ensures the basis of life for future generations.

Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we provide knowledge for life.

NMBU has 1700 employees and 5200 students and is organized in seven faculties. NMBU has a campus in Ås and in Oslo. In 2021 we are co-located on Ås. Further information on NMBU is available at www.nmbu.no

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