Researcher in Climate Modelling

University of Bergen
Bergen, Norway
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There is a vacancy for a position as researcher in Climate Modelling at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Bergen. The position starts as soon as possible and ends 31.08.2021 and is associated with the ERC CoG project STERCP “Synchronisation to enhance reliability of climate predictions”.

About the project/work tasks:

The ERC CoG STERCP grant focuses on the development of super climate models, which is an optimally connected interactive ensemble of climate models. The position will focus on testing and further developing the STERCP super climate model to enhance climate prediction and reduce uncertainties in climate change projections. The current STERCP super climate model connects three Earth system models (NorESM, CESM, MPIESM) via their ocean component by assimilating synthetic observations generated by a weighted mean of the three models into each model.

The goal of the position is to assist in the development of a new version of the super model in which the atmospheric model components are connected. This will involve adapting and optimising nudging methods available in the atmospheric models, and also the application of machine learning approaches to tune the supermodel. .

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree in meteorology, oceanography, physics, mathematics, computer science, information communications technology, or related fields, or has submitted their doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Excellent computing skills are required in high-level programming languages (especially FORTRAN), parallel programming, UNIX/LINUX platforms, and interpreted languages (bash, Python).
  • Candidates must have a strong background in climate modelling or computer science
  • Experience with platforms for managing and developing large, collaborative projects (e.g., git) is required.
  • Experience in working with MPI-ESM or any other spherical harmonic based earth system model would be beneficial, as would be experience working with NorESM or CESM.
  • Skills in performing simulations with Earth system models on high performance computers and analysis of observations and model data are advantageous.
  • Applicants must have good skills in oral and written English
  • The candidate will work in a lively research environment and should have good team working skills.
  • Special requirements for the position are the willingness and ability to work across disciplinary boundaries in an interdisciplinary team as well as to work independently on the tasks.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 59 (code 1109 / pay range 24, alternative 3) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 523 200,00. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at JobbNorge.

General information:

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Noel Keenlyside, Geophysical Institute, email:  or Researcher Mao-Lin Shen, Geophysical Institute, email:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

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