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[Met-jobs] VACANCIES at the Center for Climate Dynamic, Bergen, Norway - Four permanent positions - Deadline Sept 1st

From Thomas Spengler <>
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Date Tue, 9 Aug 2011 16:57:09 +0200

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Quote case no. 2011/8734


The University of Bergen (UiB) wishes to appoint up to four associate
professors at the newly established Centre for Climate Dynamics.

The Centre for Climate Dynamics will be a strong international
competence centre for the understanding of climate change, modelling
of climate changes, and reliable information about possible future
situations regionally and globally. Partners in the centre are the
University of Bergen, Uni Research AS, Institute of Marine Research,
and the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre. The Norwegian
ministry of Education and Research has provided funding for the centre
for 12 years, subject to the result of a mid-term evaluation. The new
centre is closely associated with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate
Research (<>).

The thematic research areas of the Centre for Climate Dynamics include
model experiments that contribute to the IPCC assessments, the
development of global climate predictions and regional climate
scenarios, the analysis of natural and anthropogenic climate
variability, and the carbon cycle and its impacts on the ocean.

The successful candidates will be responsible for leading their own
thematic research areas within the Centre for Climate Dynamics, and
together with the centre leader and administrative manager will
constitute the leader group of the centre. The appointees will
initially use their expertise and working time towards already defined
projects, but will also be central in the further strategic and
scientific development of the centre. This will include among other
things strategic planning, application writing, project management,
and reporting.

The appointees will be formally and permanently employed by one of the
departments of the Mathematical and Natural Sciences, but all of their
working hours and assignments will be dedicated to the activities of
the  centre. They will be under the direction of the centre leader and
will report to him. The central positions will be exempted

from teaching regular courses, but mentoring students at the master’s
and PhD levels is desirable.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate competence at a high
international level within one or more of the following fields:

 *   Large-scale atmospheric dynamics:
We are seeking a person with strong competence in large-scale
atmospheric dynamics. Applicants are expected to have a good
theoretical background in the general atmospheric circulation, the
effects of stationary and transient eddies on momentum and heat
transfer, the exchange of energy and heat between the atmosphere and
ocean, and the role of atmospheric teleconnections. Experience in
climate modelling will be an advantage.
 *   Large-scale oceanography / decadal climate dynamics:
We are seeking a person with a good theoretical background in
geophysical fluid dynamics. The candidate must have experience of
various types of observational and modelling data to describe the
physical state of the ocean, and will be focusing in particular on the
energy exchange between atmosphere and ocean and the ocean's role in
climate variations on annual to decadal scales.
 *   Sensitivity and thresholds in the climate system:
We are seeking a person with a good theoretical background in
geophysical fluid dynamics with experience from research in
paleo-related issues. The person will work with the causal
relationships associated with past stable periods, and rapid changes
in North Atlantic climate in warm periods, ice age climate, and
Holocene, with particular focus on the sensitivity of the climate
system. It is an advantage if the candidate has experience in
numerical modelling.
 *   Carbon cycle in the ocean and ocean acidification:
We are seeking a person with a physical/chemical/biological/geological
background with an interest in the role of the oceans in the global
carbon system, as well as the marine effects of ocean acidification.
Areas of specialisation include the collection and analysis of
observational data, estimations of ocean uptake and transport of
carbon, and changes in ocean pH and the effects on the lower parts of
the marine food chain.

The applicants must have achieved a doctorate in one or more of the
following disciplines: oceanography, meteorology, geology, applied
mathematics; or, in a related discipline. In addition, they must have
broad experience, proven competence, and a strong academic background
in the thematic field(s) within which they apply.

Furthermore, the applicants should have experience of research
management and strategic research planning and be able to demonstrate
the ability to stimulate collaboration between researchers and
research groups nationally and internationally. Moreover, the
applicants should be able to demonstrate academic leadership skills,
professional integrity, and considerable academic cooperative skills,
as well as the ability to develop academic teams and ability and
interest in communicating research results.

In order to build a strong and dynamic leadership team at the centre,
when selecting candidates special emphasis will be put on personal
qualities such as leadership, flexibility, and the ability to
collaborate, in addition to the necessary academic qualifications.
When assessing the applicants, personal qualifications and results
from previous employments will therefore be of importance.

The teaching language is normally Norwegian.

Salary will be in the range of 65–70 in the Civil Service pay grade
table (code 1011/pay framework 24.4), according to qualifications;
which currently equates to NOK 480,00–548,200. For particularly highly
qualified applicants a higher salary may be considered.

Associate professors employed on a permanent basis have the
opportunity to apply for promotion to full professor according to
competence. The annual closing date for such applications is 15

Additional information about the positions can be obtained by
contacting Centre Leader Tore Furevik by phone (+47) 55 58 26 91 /
(+47) 98 67 72 26 or<>

Women in particular are invited to apply. If, in the opinion of the
evaluation committee, several applicants have approximately equivalent
qualifications, the rules on equal opportunities laid down in the
Personnel Regulations for Academic Positions will be applied.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at
large to the highest possible degree. The University of Bergen has
therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we
achieve a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of
persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Persons of different ethnic
backgrounds are therefore encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness
when recruiting staff to scientific positions. Hence, the evaluation
committee’s report will be disclosed, in full detail, to all of the

In the case of any future changes in the organisation of climate
research and/or education at the University of Bergen, changes in the
employment terms and conditions must be expected, entailing compliance
with the guidelines that apply to associate professors in general at
the UiB. The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that
apply to the position at any time.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the
applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The
applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

The applicants must upload the works they wish to be considered along
with their application, including a list of publications, as well as
certificates and diplomas. Applicants must state the works or parts of
works they wish to be given particular attention in the evaluation of
their applications. These should not exceed 10 in number.

Applications sent by e-mail to random individuals at the university
will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: 1 September 2011

Quote case no. 2011/8734

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