PhD scholarship in gravimetric geodesy

Norwegian University of Life Sciences
September 18 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Faculty of Science and Technology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has allocated 4 PhD-positions (non-permanent full time for three years) in projects within the Strategic Research Program “Environmental effects on societal infrastructure - water” (2015-2018).

  • The present advertisement is for 1 PhD scholarship: “Hydrological Models for Assessing Gravimetric Observations of Water Mass Fluctuations -ref 17/01896”

 The Faculty of Science and Technology (Realtek) has 130 employees, about 1,100 students and 60 PhD students. The faculty offers bachelor, master, and PhD degrees in natural sciences and engineering in the fields of environmental physics and renewable energy, building and architecture, hydraulic and environmental engineering, machine, process and product development, and geomatics, and degrees in teacher's education and pedagogics.  The workplace is in Ås. 

Research project

Hydrological Models for Assessing Gravimetric Observations of Water Mass Fluctuations.  This project will investigate effects of hydrological mass variations (including contributions from ground water, soil moisture, snow, ice and ocean) on gravimetric observations. Terrestrial and satellite gravimetry allow observing these variations on different temporal and spatial scales and under different conditions of data sampling and observation geometry.  The focus of the project is on improving reductions applied to the raw observation data and on separating different contributions to temporal gravity variations with the ultimate goal of comparing and possibly combining ground and satellite observations for applications in solid earth geophysics, hydrology, and climate research. The candidate will collaborate with REALTEK's research group in physical geodesy. The group has a state-of-the-art FG5 absolute gravimeter at its disposal and the candidate is expected to work extensively on FG5 data analysis. He/she is expected to take part in field work, plan and carry out observational campaigns related to the PhD project. He/she will collaborate with international partners (willingness for extended research visits is expected) as well as with scientists from hydrogeology and hydrological modelling on the institutional and national level.

Applicants are expected to submit a short essay identifying their research interests within the topic and approaches to solve them. A project description is available from and . 

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD scholarship period.

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