The National Centre for Polar & Ocean Research (NCPOR), an autonomous R & D organization under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, New Delhi and the nodal agency for planning, co-ordinating and executing the Indian polar and ocean programs, has invited applications from young and enthusiastic Indian citizens, with a zeal to take up scientific work in polar regions, for the award PhD fellowships for conducting doctoral research in polar sciences, based at Tromso, Norway.
The Fellowships in polar oceanography and glaciology, have been established by NCPOR, in collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), in order to strengthen the field of polar science in India, is establishing two PhD fellowships.
The fellows shall analyse the data to study the evolution of glacio-hydrologic elements (melt ponds and streams, firn swamps, subglacial lakes, etc.), ice dynamics (from surface velocity) and mass balance (from surface elevation changes). The results will be interpreted in light of available field data, climate reanalysis products and glacier modelling output. The main study region will be Dronning Maud Land in East Antarctica where NPI and NCPOR have ongoing activities, but similar applications will also be considered for the Indian Himalayas and/or Svalbard in the European Arctic.
Participation in glacier fieldwork is desired, but not a prerequisite. The fellow will carry out research based at NPI's Headquarters in Tromsø, and is expected to follow and complete PhD courses approved by the University of Oslo (UiO). The fellow will be jointly supervised by researchers at NPI, UiO, and NCPOR.
Eligibility: Only Indian nationals are eligible to apply. As per NCPOR requirements, the maximum age limit of the candidates should be 28 years, on the prescribed closing date for receipt of the applications. The primary residence of the student will be Tromsø. The town of Tromsø is a vibrant, international, and growing town located above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway (see http://destinationtromso.com).
Physical Oceanography: Applicant should have a Master’s degree in Physics, Geophysics, Physical oceanography, Marine Science or related subjects or Master’s degree in Engineering / Technology relevant to the work mentioned above with at least first class (60% marks or equivalent GPA) at Post graduation level from a recognized University. Experience with numerical ocean modelling (such as ROMS, FVCOM or similar) and advanced data analysis are desirable.
Glaciology: Applicant should have Master's degree in Earth Sciences, Glaciology, Geophysics, Remote sensing and related subjects or Master’s degree in Engineering / Technology relevant to the work mentioned above with at least first class (60% marks or equivalent GPA) at Post graduation level from a recognized University. Experience with geodata analysis (e.g. satellite imagery, DEMs, Geographical Information Systems) and programming (e.g. MATLAB, Python or similar) are desirable. Glaciological experience from fieldwork, data analysis and numerical modelling is an asset.
Standard formal requirements for enrolling in the PhD program of the respective universities (University of Tromsø / University of Oslo) must be met. The candidates should have good working knowledge of English (both oral and written), the ability to work in teams as well as independently, and be well structured and organized.
In addition to grade certificates, documentation of extent of training in English, and descriptions of exposure to English as teaching language should therefore be submitted when required.
Duration: The positions are for a fixed term of three years, fully funded by NCPOR. The fellowships will be according to the Norwegian State salary code 1378, with starting salary range NOK 435,500 per year depending on experience.
The position is open immediately and the selection interviews will be held at Goa or New Delhi.
Application: Application has to be submitted online, by 1730 hrs, IST on 21st January 2019 (Monday), at http://www.incois.gov.in/jobs/ncpor1218/home.jsp. Scanned signature, Photograph etc. should be uploaded along with the online application. All applications should be submitted online with the following documents (i) The completed application form together with a statement of interest (related to the research tasks relevant to the positions) and the reference number of the position applied for (ii) Curriculum vitae in pdf format, including detailed academic qualifications (iii) Legible & scanned copies of educational qualification, experience certificates, date of birth / age proof certificates in PDF format not exceeding 100 KB for each document/attachment. If the certificates are in a language other than English or Hindi, then attested translation should be uploaded (iv) Copies of published and unpublished scientific work in PDF, Copies of not more than three published work shall be uploaded.
All the uploaded documents should be in the form of PDF file and photograph and signature in the form of .jpg format. Candidates must produce the original certificates while appearing for interview or as and when required.
The candidates are not required to send any hard copies by post or through e-mail.
In order to achieve the objectives of the programme and to ensure the continued involvement of the selected students in the Indian Polar programmes during and on completion of their PhD, the students shall execute a Bond Agreement with NCPOR before the final selection for the fellowship.