Research position in paleoclimate modeling at Uni Bjerknes Centre, Bergen, Norway
A 3-year research position in climate modelling is available at Uni Bjerknes Centre. Uni Bjerknes Centre is a department of Uni Research AS and partner of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR), a collaboration between Uni Research, University
of Bergen, Institute of Marine Research and the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center.
The successful candidate will work on enhancing our understanding of natural climate variations on different time scales over the last 10,000 years (the so-called Holocene period). This will be done by integrating paleoclimatic time series and instrumental
data with existing and planned simulations with state-of-the-art comprehensive climate models at BCCR. The successful candidate will focus on two key climate periods during the Holocene; that is the warm mid-Holocene about 6000 years ago and the last 2000 years
(including the warm Medieval Period and the Little Ice Age). In particular the candidate will assess through data analysis and model-data comparison to what extent decadal to multidecadal variability in the Atlantic sector is controlled by processes intrinsic
to the climate system, or if it is the result of external forcing factors such as solar variability, volcanism or anthropogenic emissions. The candidate will also be required to perform new GCM simulations in addition to analysing existing ones for instance
from the Climate Model Intercomparison Project 5 (CIMP5). The modelling tool at BCCR will to a large extent be associated to the new Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM). The main scientific focus will be on large-scale atmospheric and oceanic dynamic processes
involved in decadal- to multidecadal variability in the climate system during the above mentioned climate periods, including the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), the El Niño – Southern Oscillation and the Atlantic thermohaline
Applicants must have achieved a Norwegian doctorate in oceanography, meteorology, geosciences, biology, physics, mathematics (or other relevant natural sciences) or equivalent education abroad, or have presented the dissertation for assessment by the closing
date for applications. It is a prerequisite that the dissertation has been approved before appointment is granted.
Candidates must have experience with- and good knowledge of global climate models. It is also required that the successful candidate has experience in large-scale atmospheric dynamics and climate analysis, particularly with gridded datasets. It will also
be great advantage if the successful candidate has some programming experience. The candidate will work in a lively research environment and should have good team working skills.
Salary is decided by agreement. Uni Research AS has employee pension and insurance agreement. The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time. Women in particular are invited to apply.
For further information about the position please contact Dr Scient Odd Helge Otterå, e-mail: Odd.Ottera@uni.no, phone: +47 55589816. For more information about Uni Research and BCCR, please refer to
The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.
The application should also contain a statement of research interests including specific motivation for the position, and the names and contact details of at least two references.
Closing date for applications: 24 September 2012