The successful applicant is expected to mainly focus the work around two existing projects with the common goal of understanding the transport and fate of black carbon, and ultimately its optical and climate impact on the polar environment. As for many other species found in the polar regions, black carbon is present in minute amounts, but due to non-liner processes and optical interactions with snow, ice, and clouds its effect are enhanced in the high albedo environment. One of the tasks for this position is to carry out and interpret spectral albedo measurements along with intermittent observations of black carbon concentrations in surface snow. This is currently conducted at two sites: Changbai in northeast China and Ny-Alesund at Svalbard. Together with several Chinese and Norwegian partners, NPI aims to link the long range transport of black carbon to the Arctic with both the regional and local radiative effects caused by the light absorbing particles. The second task is to develop and/or improve a small, cheap black carbon instrument suitable for platforms such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or balloons. The candidate will be expected to participate in travel and fieldwork both in the Arctic and in China.

The successful candidate should have a PhD covering a relevant topic to the work content described above. NPI is looking for a candidate with experience of optical and microphysical processes of snow and aerosols.
Experience with radiative transfer modeling is an advantage. The person should be able to work independently in a laboratory environment, and have field experience. The ideal candidate will be a team worker who is also capable of conducting independent research to be published in international journals.

The application should include a curriculum vitae, names of at least two references, a list of publications, and details of your relevant qualifications and experience. Application details are available at: The position is open, and the successful candidate should be able to start as soon as possible.

For further information, please go to:

Application Deadline: Friday, 25 February 2010

Or contact:
Christina A. Pedersen
Phone: +47 77750551

Johan Strom
Phone: +47 77750545