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PhD position in experimental Meteorology

PhD position in experimental Meteorology

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Faculty of Science and Technology logo

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Faculty of Science and Technology

NMBU has a particular responsibility for research and education that secures the basis for the life of future generations. Sustainability is rooted in everything we do and we deliver knowledge for life. NMBU has 1,900 employees of which about 500 phd scholarships and 6,700 students. The university is divided into seven faculties.

NMBU believes that a good working environment is characterised by diversity.

We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability, cultural background or whether you have been outside the labour market for a period. If necessary, workplace adaptations will be made for persons with disabilities. More information about NMBU is available at

The Faculty of Science and Technology (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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Ås, Norway


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Cryospheric Sciences (CR)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time

Student / Graduate / Internship

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017. PhD fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 501.200,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

2 December 2022

Job description

This PhD research project aims at the development of a more accurate precipitation measurement product in challenging weather situations.
It may come as a surprise to many users, that precipitation measurements remain challenging to this day, especially in more extreme climate conditions with lots of heavy winds and frequent events with solid or mixed precipitation. The development of traditional gauges, i.e.weighing gauges and tipping buckets, has likely come to a point, where further optimization is difficult. And still, they are non-neglectable uncertainties in these measurements as wind-induced undercatch, especially in snowy conditions. Studies on non-traditional instrument types, i.e, optical measurements such as distrometers and forward scattering instruments, which have emerged in recent decades, showed an even larger degree of uncertainty under certain circumstances in the precipitation amount, but provide details about the precipitation particles’ size and fall speed.
The successful PhD-candidate will analyze existing measurements, performing own observations and work on combining products from the different sensors, utilizing the strengths and different information contents of those sensors, thus compensating for the weaknesses of the individual measurement methods depending on the weather situation.
The university fully funds the PhD scholarship. In addition to existing datasets from several stations in Norway, dedicated field campaigns are planned, which will use the facilities of NMBU and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Read the complete job description here: NMBU PhD position in experimental meteorology

How to apply

To apply online for this vacancy, please use the application form on 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: NMBU PhD position & application form

Your application must include a CV and a brief statement highlighting your relevant experiences and motivation. The statement must follow the template provided.
Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates.The following documents must be attached to the application:

  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page)
  • Complete CV
  • Experience Statement (use the template )
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and certificates. (i.e. Diploma, transcript. Diploma supplement for both bachelor and master). Diplomas, transcripts and diploma supplements that are not in Norwegian or English must be uploaded in the original language. An English translation of these documents must also be attached. (Applicants from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to
    send a diploma supplement, or a similar document, which describes in detail the study program and grading system. )
  • Documentation of proficiency in written and oral English in accordance with NMBU PhD regulation section 5-2 (3).
  • Names and contact details for two references
  • Confirmation that information and documentation submitted via the job application can also be used by NMBU in a possible admission process