Job vacancy: Compiling important glaciological data from Antarctica

The Norwegian Polar Institute is looking for a temporary researcher in remote sensing and glaciology for three years. The position is funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR) and Norwegian/European Space Agencies. The position is organized in the Section for Geology and Geophysics in the Research Department. The section works with various aspects of glaciology, atmospheric science, marine geology, paleoclimate and bedrock geology, both in the Arctic and Antarctic. Much of the research is directly based on field observations and  provides important information about climate change and effects in the polar system.

You will analyse various glaciological data from Antarctica, mainly collected by remote sensing. This includes deriving ice thickness from airborne and ground-based radar data, estimating iceberg calving from repeated satellite imagery and determining surface height changes from satellite altimetry. The results should be compiled and published as higher-level data products for use in environmental monitoring and research. Contribution to peer-review scientific papers is also expected, but not the main part.

The main toolsets will use Geographical Information Systems (QGIS/ArcGIS) and programming (Matlab/Python). You will work closely with other project participants, both within NPI and with international partners. The workplace will be situated the Fram Centre in Tromsø, Norway, which provides a vibrant and cross-disciplinary scientific environment. Some travels may be expected. No field work is anticipated.


  • A completed MSc in geosciences, geomatics, informatics or other relevant fields.
  • A Norwegian master’s degree or equivalent master’s degree from a foreign university (You are welcome to apply if you have not completed your dissertation yet, but you must then provide documentation that your dissertation has been submitted for evaluation before the position’s closing date)
  • Practical experience with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and satellite data

The following are considered useful assets:

  • Experience in Antarctic glaciology, data sciences, and programming (e.g. Matlab/Python)
  • Research experience and publishing

We are looking for a motivated and efficient data analyst that takes great care in the work and likes to work both independently and in small teams towards fixed goals. You will collaborate with colleagues at our institute and collaborators within the project, so good collaborative skills are necessary. In addition to communicating, you are expected to contribute to reports, publications etc., and thus, your written and oral communication must be good in English. Our working language is Norwegian, so knowledge of the Norwegian language will carry weight in the assessment. If you do not speak Norwegian you are expected to attend language courses during your employment since communicating in Norwegian will be important for you, as well as for the institute. We pay for courses completed successfully.

Application and more information

The application deadline is 5 June 2022. The application should include details of your relevant qualifications and experience, CV, copies of your transcripts and names of three references. The application must be submitted electronically via Please, do not include copies of publications or other works in the application, but note that this may be requested later in the process.

For more information, please view the full job description of the vacancy on the Jobbnorge website, or contact:

Research scientist Geir Moholdt

Research scientist Kenichi Matsuoka