Research Scientist in Remote Sensing of Sea Ice

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Research Scientist in Remote Sensing of Sea Ice

Rita Brannfjell



Norwegian Polar Institute



Research Scientist in Remote Sensing of Sea Ice


THE NORWEGIAN POLAR INSTITUTE (NPI) is Norway's main institution for research, environmental management and monitoring, mapping and field work in the polar regions. The Institute is under the auspices of the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment and is a contact and service body for national and international polar research. The NPI is currently expanding its activities, especially within the field of climate change research. The Institute has 160 employees in Tromsø (headquarters), in Svalbard and in Antarctica.

The city of Tromsø is surrounded by sea and mountains. It is a youthful, vibrant, and growing city with a Norwegian accredited university (see <a href="file:///C:\Users\rita\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\HM4SGDJ8\"> and <a href="file:///C:\Users\rita\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\HM4SGDJ8\">, respectively).Tromsø International School for children ages 6-15 has started in 2011.


The Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø invites applications for a permanent position as research scientist in remote sensing of sea ice, in the Research Department, Section Oceans and Sea Ice


Work Content

The successful applicant will apply remote sensing techniques to current research topics related to the marine cryosphere, in particular physical properties and dynamics of sea ice. The scientific work will include calibration- and validation studies of remote sensing data and algorithms of operational and upcoming satellite sensors, as well as airborne remote sensing techniques. Emphasis will be on remote sensing application to climate research, validation techniques, and algorithm and methodology development. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in polar fieldwork. Publishing in international scientific journals, writing of funding applications, and participation in public outreach work is expected.



The successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. related to remote sensing, and preferably to the marine cryosphere. We will be looking for knowledge in sea ice remote sensing and one or several of the fields: signal processing, statistics, programming, and a sound understanding of geophysical science. Scientific publishing and proposal writing skills are required.



The salary will commensurate with the qualifications of the successful candidate, according to the Norwegian State salary codes 1109/1110, scale 57-68 (NOK 456 100 – 557 600). The position will be open from January 2012, but the starting date is negotiable.


The Norwegian State Administration strives to mirror the diversity of its population and thereby achieve a balanced mix of age, gender and ethnic backgrounds among its employees. Hence, candidates with immigrant backgrounds and women are encouraged to apply.


Further inquiries about the position may be directed to the leader of the section Oceans and Sea Ice, Sebastian Gerland, e-mail: [hidden email], phone: +47 77750554, or scientist Christina A. Pedersen, [hidden email], phone +47 77750551. For more information about NPI and Fram Centre go to and


The application deadline is 12th December 2011. The application should be sent electronically through a link at If this is not feasible, printed applications may be sent to the Norwegian Polar Institute, Fram Centre, NO-9296 Tromsø, Norway. The application should include a CV, a publication list, details of your relevant qualifications and experience, and names of at least two references.


All applications can be handled confidentially until the application deadline. Thereafter, a public list of applicants will be prepared. Applicants who wish to reserve their applications from the public list must give reasons for this in their applications. In accordance with new public information laws, information about an applicant can be made public even if the applicant has requested not be included from the public list of applicants, cf. Freedom of Information Act, Section 25, 2nd paragraph.


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