Doctoral Student in Meteorology and Geodesy
University of Helsinki

Measured in number of students and teachers, the Faculty of Science at the University of Helsinki is the largest science faculty in Finland. There are some 6,000 students taking a basic degree. Out of them, some 1,000 are postgraduates. There are some 500 international students, and over 200 researchers and teachers from abroad.

Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) is a multi- and interdisciplinary research unit based in physics, chemistry, meteorology, forest sciences, environmental sciences and social sciences in the University of Helsinki. INAR aims to strengthen the internationally leading, integrated multidisciplinary research and education environment for atmospheric and Earth system science and to feed in scientific results for the national and international environment and climate policy. It performs multiscale research from molecular to global scale and focuses on climate change, air quality, biogeochemical cycles and ecosystem processes. INAR has INAR Finland Network partners in Finnish Meteorological Institute, University of Eastern Finland and Tampere University of Technology.

Faculty of Science invites applications for

Two Doctoral Student Positions

in meteorology and geodesy starting from September 2020 for four years fixed-term employment contracts in an Academy of Finland funded research project.

Ideal candidates are required to have:

Position 1: MSc in meteorology, and familiarity with atmospheric modelling using OpenIFS or some other state-of-the-art atmospheric model.

Position 2: MSc in geodesy, astronomy, or physics with demonstrated skills in scientific computing and mathematical methods.

Appointees should be eligible to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki, please see:

The project leader is Professor Heikki Järvinen;

Finland is a member of the EU, has high quality free schooling (also in English), generous family benefits and healthcare. The University of Helsinki is a top 100 ranked university in most ranking lists, and invests heavily in Earth system research, please see

Keywords: GNSS satellites, precise orbit determination, numerical weather prediction, data assimilation

Relevant references for the project:
Järvinen, H, Eresmaa, R, Vedel, H, Salonen, K, Niemelä S and J de Vries, 2007: A variational data assimilation system for ground-based GPS slant delays. Q. J. R. Meteor. Soc., 133, 969-980. doi:10.1002/qj.79.
Rabier F, Järvinen H, Klinker E, Mahfouf J-F and A Simmons, 2000: The ECMWF implementation of four dimensional variational assimilation. Part I: Experimental results with simplified physics. Q. J. R. Meteor. Soc., 126, 1143-1170. doi: 10.1002/qj.49712656415.
Strasser, S, Mayer-Gürr, T and N Zehentner (2019) Processing of GNSS constellations and ground station networks using the raw observation approach. Journal of Geodesy, 93, 1045-1057. doi: 10.1007/s00190-018-1223-2
Working language is English. The starting salary of the doctoral student will be ca. 2200–2300 euros/month. Salaried position in Finland automatically include payment to pension, unemployment funds, occupational healthcare and a generous holiday allowance.

Your application should include a motivation letter with a summary of your interests, your CV, and a letter of reference in a one single pdf-file using the electronic recruitment system of the University of Helsinki via the link “Apply for job”. Applicants who are employees of the University of Helsinki are requested to leave their application via the SAP HR portal. The deadline is 2 August 2020.
For further information, please contact heikki.j.jarvinen(at)

Due date

02.08.2020 23:59 EEST


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