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[Met-jobs] Scientific Programmer in Climate Modeling at Stockholm University

From Qiong Zhang <>
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Date Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:17:40 +0000

Scientific Programmer in Climate Modelling at the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology in Stockholm University. Reference number SU FV-0608-13. Deadline for applications: March 31, 2013.

The Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology is one of the major departments within the Faculty of Science. The department has approximately 130 employees and educates more than 1 500 students annually. Education is oriented towards geography, geosciences, biology-earth sciences, and environmental protection. The main research areas are: Climate, environment and landscape; Landscape analysis and geomatics; Glacier and polar environments; and Land and water resources.

Background and position description
As part of the multidisciplinary the Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research modelling initiative, the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology contributes actively through paleoclimate modelling. The paleoclimate modelling module has three primary objectives: to study the behavior of climate models for different past boundary conditions; to provide information to aid an analysis of climate signals recorded in proxy data; and to test hypotheses concerning the functional behavior of the climate system under a range of environmental conditions. The scientific programmer will support climate scientists working in this area.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • setup, execute and analyze experiments with global and regional climate models of varying complexity,
  • install computer code and software for different computer architectures,
  • develop code for post-processing and archiving of modelling output,
  • manage data and handle access to data,
  • maintain the paleoclimate modelling group website and
  • provide support to paleoclimate model users.

Candidates will be eligible for this position if they possess a MSc degree in a quantitative science (e.g. physics, meteorology, hydrology or other geophysical discipline, applied mathematics or computer science). Successful candidates will have a strong motivation to apply their expertise to paleoclimate modelling. A PhD in applicable fields of science is not mandatory but is considered a merit. More specific requirements are the following:

  • good programming skills in FORTRAN and C/C++ in a UNIX environment,
  • practical knowledge of bash scripts and Python,
  • experience with climate models, data formats (netCDF, GRIB), and data conversion and manipulation tools (e.g., NCO, CDO, GRIP_API),
  • basic knowledge of High Performance Computing (HPC) and parallel programming languages,
  • good communication skills in English,
  • an ability to work as part of a team and be able to collaborate with colleagues within a wide range of scientific backgrounds and levels of expertise, and
  • work experience in a research environment, preferably in paleoclimate research.

Terms of employment
Full-time permanent position with a 6-month probationary period. The expected starting date is May 2013, but may be negotiable.

Stockholm University strives to be a work place that is free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For further information, contact Dr. Qiong Zhang, climate modeler, telephone: +46-(0)8-16 4876,, or Prof. Gunilla Svensson, Bolin Centre Climate Modelling Coordinator,, or Prof. Arjen Stroeven, Head of Department,

Union representatives
Anqi Lindblom-Ahlm (Saco-S) and Lisbeth Häggberg (Fackförbundet ST), telephone +46-(0)8-16 2000 (switch board), and Gunnar Stenberg (SEKO), telephone +46-(0)70-316 43 41.

The application should include:

  • a cover letter outlining your qualifications, relevant experiences and interest in the position,
  • CV and
  • a list of two persons who may act as references (with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses).

In order to apply for this position, please use the Stockholm University web-based application form.
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Welcome with your application no later than March 31, 2013.

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