Monday, 17 March 2014

From EISCAT to Iditarod!

Huge congratulations to EISCAT scientist Yvonne Dåbakk (née Rinne) on successfully completing (on first try!) the arguably toughest long-distance dog-sled race in the world, the famous Iditarod Trail Race! This year the trail was especially tricky due to treacherous lack of snow and dangerously icy and rocky trails.

Many of us met Yvonne for the first time during the 2005 EISCAT Radar School and EISCAT Workshop in Kiruna, Sweden. Thereafter she did her research using the EISCAT Svalbard Radar, and it was in Longyearbyen that she caught the dog-sled bug. Now Yvonne is with the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, to where she went not only with her husband Kenneth, but also her family of 21 Siberian Huskies.

Read a short report on her arrival at Nome or follow Yvonne on Facebook or on her blog for more information.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Vacancy: Researcher at Tromsø Geophysical Observatory

The University of Tromsø, Faculty of Science and Technology, has a position vacant as Researcher. The position is attached to Tromsø Geophysical Observatory.

The position’s affiliation

Tromsø Geophysical Observatory (TGO) ( is a department of the Faculty of Science and Technology and has a scientific staff of 2 scientists, and a technical staff of 3 engineers. TGO’s purpose is to maintain observations of geomagnetism and the Earth’s atmosphere, particularly the ionosphere. Data are delivered to various repositories worldwide but also locally archived. The quality of the measurements is paramount. TGO performs measurements in Tromsø, the field stations at Ramfjordmoen, in Adventdalen, Ny-Ålesund, and at instrument sites distributed over the Norwegian mainland, the Barents Sea and Svalbard.

TGO collaborates with several academic institutions: local, national and international, and with industry – in particular oil-related. TGO is also engaged in European Union and European Space Agency projects.

The position’s field of research

The research should be related to the overall operation philosophy of TGO, i.e. either long time-series and/or existing instrumentation. She/he is expected to be able to assume responsibility for TGO’s geomagnetic and ionospheric observation programs, and take part in activities related to data quality control and archiving, and to some degree also maintenance of instruments in the field.

She/he is expected to collaborate with the private sector industry and the public sector, and be engaged in various activities leading to external funding and project involvement and development. It is desired that the successful applicant establish scientific collaboration with researchers at the Department of Physics and Technology, and at other departments within the faculty, and that she/he also engage herself/himself in supervision of master and PhD students.

Note: Deadline 13th March 2014!

Further information about the position is available by contacting Professor Chris Hall, phone +47 77 64 52 22, e-mail: chris<dot>hall<at>uit<dot>no.

Photo credit: Wikimedia commons (source).

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Arecibo Radar School – Deadline extended!

The deadline for the next joint EISCAT/NSF Incoherent Scatter Radar School at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, has been extended to 7th March 2014. There are very few places left, so please grab them as long as they are available.

Please see the blog post below for more information, or go directly to the Radar School page at

See you at Arecibo!