Researcher position in Water Isotope Meteorology

University of Bergen

Bergen, , NO


There is a vacancy for a position as researcher in water isotope meteorology at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen. Within our research team, water isotope observations and model simulations are utilized to further the fundamental understanding of processes in the atmospheric water cycle, and their representation in weather prediction and climate models.

The 23-month researcher position is associated with the EU-2020 funded ERC Consolidator Grant project ISLAS (Isotopic Links to Atmospheric Water’s Sources), and the ESA-funded project S5P Water Vapour Isotopologues.

About the project/work tasks:

About the project:

The central aim of the ISLAS project is to better understand the role of high-latitude weather systems for the atmospheric water cycle. The work will be based on a new, unique observational dataset of the stable water isotope composition, measured along the entire transport history of water vapour with novel instrumentation and sampling techniques, including aircraft and other platforms. Integrating the new observations with state-of-the-art model tools holds the promise to identify compensating errors between evaporation and numerical diffusion, turbulence, convection and cloud microphysics. Within the international S5P H2O iso project, we contribute to the evaluation and impact assessment of an entirely new high-resolution retrieval of water isotopologue columns from the Sentinel 5P mission, giving substantially higher spatial and temporal coverage than other available satellite sensors. This 23-month researcher position thus provides the opportunity for a unique combination field work, remote sensing observations and model simulations.

As a researcher at GFI, you will be affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR). BCCR is the largest climate research centre in the Nordic countries and among the leading centres in Europe. The working environment is highly international with around 200 scientists from 37 countries.

Work tasks

  • designing measurement strategies research aircraft to enable the optimal comparison between different in-situ and remote-sensing water isotope observations and observations on other platforms;
  • planning and acquisition of stable isotope measurements in water vapour from airborne and other platforms;
  • evaluate spatial representativeness in isotope-enabled regional weather prediction model simulations using Sentinel 5P water isotopologue columns and additional datasets;
  • evaluation of capabilities and limitations of datasets for water cycle assessments using regional model simulations, sensitivity studies, and advanced numerical model diagnostics, such as water vapour tracers and tendency output diagnostics.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within meteorology, atmospheric dynamics, or other relevant disciplines, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Expertise in scientific scripting, programming and scientific data analysis (e.g., Python, Matlab, R, C++, FORTRAN) is required
  • Ability and interest in participating in scientific and technical aspects of field work with a research aircraft is required
  • Experience from field observations and/or modelling work (use of large data sets, Linux clusters) is an advantage
  • Knowledge of stable water isotope and atmospheric hydrological processes is an advantage
  • Evidence of independent research and strong writing skills is required
  • Applicants must have excellent skills in oral and written English
  • Applicants must be able to work independently and in a structured manner
  • Ability to actively communicate and co-operate within a larger research team is required

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates. The position will start on 1 Jan 2021 or earlier.

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. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. Further promotions are made according to length of service.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Good welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account (max 2 pages) of the applicant’s research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • An outline (1 page) of research questions and approaches for comparison of satellite observations with water isotope measurements from aircraft and isotope-enabled model simulations.
  • The names and contact information for two referees. One of these should be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas. If you have not yet completed your PhD, please submit a statement from your institution confirming that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Up to two selected publications

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

General information:

For further details about the position, please contact Prof. Harald Sodemann, Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, [email protected]

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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