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[Met-jobs] Researcher in Data assimilation and ensemble methods

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Wed, 12 Sep 2012 08:48:27 +0000

Researcher in Data assimilation and ensemble methods, ref no 1671
The research department of SMHI (The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological 
Institute) consists of about 100 researchers funded both internally and 
externally. We work normally in projects with focus on applied research, 
quality insurance and long-term perspective. The work environment is 
characterized by flexible working arrangements, responsibility and personal 
development. The unit “Meteorological Analysis and Prediction” conducts 
research and development of weather prediction models, assimilation of 
observations and applications of forecast data.

We are looking for a senior researcher in the field of meteorology who will, in 
collaboration with the group, develop research activities in numerical weather 
prediction by weaving together data assimilation and ensemble methods. Data 
assimilation defines the initial state for the weather prediction model, while 
ensemble methods are used for probabilistic forecasts. The researcher will lead 
the scientific development of an ensemble-based data assimilation system that 
will improve operational weather forecasts in the long term. Furthermore, the 
post aims to contribute to the development and implementation of new methods, 
both for data assimilation, especially flow-dependent, in a regional weather 
prediction model and for perturbation / verification / interpretation of 
ensemble forecasts.

The position is permanent at our office in Norrköping (Sweden).

Your Profile
The announced position requires knowledge of the physical, mathematical, and 
numerical aspects of weather prediction models. The work will include 
scientific publishing, project management, application for research funding and 
the creation / maintenance of national / international networks. Doctorate 
degree in natural science / mathematics is beneficial. The job requires also 
experience and interest in programming, in working with large systems and with 
a lot of data. Software systems are developed in Fortran with future increased 
elements of C++. We use Unix / Linux on high-performance cluster computers as 
well as on desktop computers.

We attach great importance that you are goal-oriented and have a methodical 
approach. You should take responsibility for progressing your own work. As the 
work is done in close collaboration with the group of modelers at SMHI and with 
colleagues at other institutions within and outside Europe, high level of 
English is required both in spoken and written form. You should also be willing 
and able to learn Swedish at a working language level within 1 year of starting 
the position.

Do you want more information?
If you want to know more, please contact Head of Unit “Meteorological Analysis 
and Prediction” Heiner Körnich ( You can also contact 
personnel officer Susanne Gullmar. Union representatives is for SACO Lennart 
Robertsson and for ST Barry Broman. All can be reached at phone +46 11 495 8000 
or via email

Please submit your application marked with reference number 1671 latest October 
19, 2012 by e-mail to or by post to SMHI, SE-601 76 

SMHI is an equal opportunity employer.

SMHI informs continuously about the recruitment status on

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