Postdoctoral position within hydrology / modelling

Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

As, Norway 🇳🇴

Key Information

NIBIO is now recruiting a 2-year postdoctoral fellow to work with catchment modelling in relation to nature-based solutions (NbS) in river catchments under pressure from a range of land-uses. NbS are solutions inspired and supported by nature and are increasingly used across landscapes, ecosystems and land-use types. They are considered to have multiple benefits for nature, society and human well-being. The use of NbS is strongly promoted at a European scale, as part of the EU Green Deal and Biodiversity Strategy 2030, meaning this is a research topic rapidly increasing in relevance.

The SABICAS project (SAfeguard BIodiversity and improve Climate Adaptation in catchment areas under pressure: tools and Solutions; is funded for the period 2021–2025 by the Research Council of Norway and led by the Norwegian Water Research Institute (NIVA). SABICAS has 11 partners from four countries and a strong focus on stakeholder interactions. The project’s main aim is to explore and enhance NbS by using two Norwegian case catchments, Haldenvassdraget and Gausa.

The post-doctoral fellow will be based at NIBIO in Ås, about 30 minutes from Oslo. Scholar visits at the project partners (UFZ, Germany or University in Aarhus, Denmark), is to be espected. These scholar visits may last up to six months but can also consist of a series of shorter visits, based on demonstrated needs. 

Main Responsibilities

The post-doctoral fellow will be part of an interdisciplinary team of PhD students and experienced researchers in catchment and climate modelling, biological and ecological assessments, and stakeholder interactions.  Responsibilites include:

  • implementing the catchment model SWAT+ in selected sub-catchment(s) of the two case catchments
  • work with the rest of the team on developing a tool-box for stakeholders, to aid their work on implementing and optimizing the use of, nature-based solutions in these and other catchments

Professional Qualifications (required)

  • Relevant PhD (e.g. catchment modelling, earth sciences, geo sciences, hydrology)
  • Experience with catchment modelling, documented in peer-reviewed scientific papers
  • Ability to publish high-quality scientific papers within the field of the position
  • A strong command of oral and written English

Will be evaluated positively

  • Good communication skills in oral and written Norwegian or another Scandinavian language (Swedish, Danish). Candidates without knowledge of Norwegian language will be expected to acquire such skills within a short period
  • Experience with the SWAT or SWAT+ model
  • Skills in sensitivity analysis or autocalibration tools
  • Experience in R coding
  • Experience from working in international teams
  • Knowledge of optimisation modelling

Personal Qualifications

  • Team player with good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility, including ability to travel and be a visiting scholar at other institutes
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Dedication and enthusiasm to work as part of an ambitious research team
  • Ability to communicate with both experts and stakeholders with diverse academic backgrounds and skill sets

Salary and Benefits

  • Opportunity to work on an important social mission with focus on sustainability and future-oriented projects
  • Challenging, exciting and varied tasks in interdisciplinary teams
  • A skilled professional environment with good colleagues
  • A generous personnel policy with welfare schemes that focus on employees’ different stages of life

The position is remunerated according to the Norwegian State Salary Scale as postdoctoal fellow (code 1352, salary grade 60-67, currently NOK 553.500-626.300 per year), commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Do you need more Information?

Contact NIBIO project P.I., senior researcher Eva Skarbøvik (email [email protected] – tel +47 416 28 622),
or Anja C Winger, Head of Dept. (email [email protected] – tel +47 926 51 967).

How to apply for the Position

Please send your application describing your research interests and CV electronically via the link on this page.
Copies of your diplomas and letters of recommendation should be attached along with the electronic application.

Other Information

About diversity and inclusion – for applicants living in Norway:
In accordance with the Norwegian Civil Service equal opportunities policy, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply – regardless of age, gender, functional disabilities, gaps in CV or national or ethnic background. As a government agency, we have the opportunity to provide positive special treatment for applicants who have a disability, gaps in their CV or immigrant background. Positive special treatment means, among other things, that you will more easily come to the interview. Read more about this here (in Norwegian language only).

We would like to point out that information about applicants may be subject to public disclosure, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova), Section 25. An applicant may request to be exempted from inclusion on a public list of applicants. If the request for confidentiality is denied, the applicant will be notified thereof.

About NIBIO and the Department

The Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy Research, NIBIO, has its activities within agriculture, food, climate and the environment. The Institute conducts research and management support, and provides knowledge for use in national preparedness, governmental and district management, industry, and the society at large. NIBIO is owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, has 700 employees, with its main office in Ås, Viken County (35 km south of Oslo) and is present in all parts of the country.

The Department of Hydrology and Water Environment is one of six scientific departments in the Division of Environment and Natural Resources. We conduct research, management support and contracted tasks covering av broad range of disciplines within water quality, hydrology, groundwater, wastewater solutions, precipitation field analyzes, environmental statistics and measures in the watercourse measures. In our work we use a variety of methods and models to predict effects from climate and land use changes on the aquatic environment.