Sea level rise in the Pacific
The position is within the Mare Nullies project Funded by the Research Council of Norway under its TOPPFORSK program. Mare Nullius is an interdisciplinary project that includes Social Anthropology, Climate Science, Law, Humanities and Marine Sciences. The project aims to build new and urgent interdisciplinary analysis of one of the greatest challenges of our time – the consequences for state sovereignty of increased sea level rise over the pacific and its impacts on national maritime boundaries, as rising sea levels threaten to de-stablise the coastal baselines of Executive Economic Zones (EEZs).
The fully funded postdoctoral fellow will use state-of-the-art climate change projections to provide information on sea level variability and extremes and on coastal inundation and erosion, and to assess when and how islands and even entire national land territories in the Pacific may disappear below sea level. The position will also involve relating different projections of sea level rise and its impacts for low-lying islands and their coastal areas to existing databases on 200-mile EEZs and their boundaries. Climate dynamics approaches will be used to reduce uncertainties in regional sea level rise projections. The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with others in the project network, in Bergen and internationally, to understand the societal, legal and economic consequences of changes in the baselines foe maritime boundaries in the Pacific. The position requires travel and substantial periods of field research in the pacific, where the postdoctoral fellow will contribute to research and training activities at the project’s main partner institution Universities of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. In Suva, cooperative work in Geoscience and Maritime boundary models with SPC (the Pacific community is also planned.
Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:
- A good and professionally challenging working environment
- A gross annual salary of NOK 523 200
- Further promotions are made according to length of service. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered
- Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
- A position in an inclusive workplace (IW)
- Good welfare benefits
To be eligible for Postdoctoral Fellow, an applicant must:
- hold a PhD or equivalent degree within Climate Science, Oceanography, Meteorology, Physics, or Maths 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
- has background in climate dynamics and climate change research as well as experience working with climate model output
- has very good programming skills in Fortran, Matlab, Python or similar languages
- has a strong background in Applied Mathematics or Statistics
- has experience with tropical climate dynamics and sea level rise, near-term climate prediction, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- be able to work independently and in a structured manner and have the ability to cooperate with others
- have excellent proficiency in English language (oral and written)
To apply for Fully Funded Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate Dynamics, an applicant must submit the following documents with application:
- a brief account of applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
- The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of these must be the main advisor from the PhD program
- Curriculum Vitae
- Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
- List of any works of a scientific nature; publications