Senior Scientist Position in Geomagnetism at NoSWE

Senior Scientist at Space Weather Centre at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway

Application deadline: 31.03.2017

Ref: 2016/9518

UiT The Arctic University of Norway has a vacancy for a scientist as a member of the staff of Tromsø Geophysical Observatory (TGO) and working for The Norwegian Centre for Space Weather (NOSWE). NOSWE is organized as a self-contained department of Tromsø Geophysical Observatory and operates according to a tailored mandate. Formally, the Space weather staff are subordinate to the TGO leadership and steering committee, but will, in practice, be trusted with a considerable degree of autonomy. However, it is expected that the space weather related observations made at TGO will be a backbone of services provided by the new centre. It is also expected that future strategies of the centre be laid in cooperation and conjunction with the observatory activities.

The establishment of NOSWE is strategically in the framework of TGO’s involvement in the European Space Agency (ESA) Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program. TGO is the Geomagnetic Conditions Expert Service Centre (G-ESC) Coordinator within this program, and the successful applicant is expected to be heavily involved with the related product development as per P2-SWE-1 and subsequent ESA SSA activities.

The position is available for a period of 3 years, with a good possibility of permanent employment. There is a strong possibility for funding beyond the terms of this job description since the overall ESA SSA programme is expected to span at least a decade.


Further information about the position is available by contacting:

Daniel Martini


Telephone: +47 77 64 63 83

Applications must be submitted electronically through



Applicants must:

  • hold a PhD degree or equivalent as well as academic qualifications equivalent to those obtained by holding a position as Researcher or Postdoc.
  • have scientific background in solar-terrestrial physics, and in particular geomagnetism and related instrumentation, services and products. Experience within geomagnetism is considered crucial.
  • have excellent collaborative skills
  • have excellent command of English

Further qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of ESA SSA projects and proposals/bids.
  • Established research activity in particular analysing geomagnetic data in the Polar Regions, is desired.
  • Experience in system programming is desired.
  • Good knowledge of space weather activities in Europe and Norway outside the ESA SSA program

The successful applicant will:

  • perform original research that aims at a better understanding of the interaction of Earth’s magnetic field with the solar-terrestrial environment, with an emphasize on the physics of Earth’s polar areas.
  • work on and follow through ESA Space Situational Awareness sub-projects already embarked upon by TGO; completion of these sub-projects is the foreseen funding source for the position from 2017.
  • aim to obtain further ESA contracts.
  • actively search for further funding sources such that the Centre will become economically self-sufficient
  • be expected to collaborate closely with the rest of the TGO staff, the Department of Physics and Technology, and other departments at the University to make use of any available resources.
  • be expected to collaborate with other kindred organizations both at a national and international level.


Applications must be submitted electronically through

Your application must include:

  • application letter and CV
  • diplomas and references
  • a list of scientific works
  • the works (published or unpublished) you wish us to take into consideration during the assessment process must be submitted
  • a description of your scientific production

The list of works shall contain the following information:

  • author(s), the work’s title
  • articles: the journal’s name and volume, the first and last page of the article, year ofpublication
  • for publications: publisher, printer, year of publication, number of pages

You may submit up to ten works that are central to your scientific production. The doctoral thesis is regarded as one work. In addition, you shall provide a description of your production stating which works you consider the most important, and therefore should be the main emphasis of the assessment. A brief description of the other listed works shall also be included to demonstrate depth of production.


An expert committee will assess the applicants. The committee’s mandate is to undertake an assessment of the applicants’ qualifications based on the written material presented by the applicants, and the conditions in this announcement.

The applicants who are assessed as the best qualified will be called to an interview. The interview shall among other things aim to clarify the applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the position.

Working conditions

The position is remunerated in accordance with the State salary scale code 1109 -Researcher. There is a 2% deduction for contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund. More information regarding guidelines concerning appointment, distribution of working hours etc. can be found here: Information for applicants for positions at UiT

UiT has HR policy objectives that emphasize diversity, and encourages all qualified applicants to apply regardless of their gender, functional ability and national or ethnic background. UiT is an IW (Inclusive Workplace) enterprise, and emphasize making the necessary adaptations to the working conditions for employees with reduced functional ability.

UiT wishes to increase the proportion of females in research positions. In the event that two or more applicants are found to be approximately equally qualified, female applicants will be given priority.

The successful applicant must be willing to engage himself/herself in the ongoing development of his/her discipline and the university as a whole.