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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: Expert in regional scale climate modeling

From Torill Engen Skaugen <>
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Date Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:04:12 +0000 (UTC)

Scientist regional scale climate modeling

The Research and Development Department (R & D Department) of the Norwegian 
Meteorological Institute is responsible for developing and increase the 
knowledge about climate and climate outlook, weather and ocean forecast and air 
pollution. The R & D Department participates in national and international 
collaboration and has about 75 employees in five divisions: Division for Model 
and Climate analysis, Division for numerical weather prediction, Division for 
Ocean and Ice, Division for Climate Modeling and Air Pollution, and the 
Division for Operational Oceanography and Marine Meteorology.

A new permanent research position in regional climate modelling, affiliated 
with the Division for Model and Climate analyses, is now open for application. 
The division has 14 employees where the research agenda is centered around 
verification of weather forecasts, downscaling of global climate model 
projections, analyses and evaluation of climate model calculations in general, 
the analysis of historical climate and scenarios for future climate, improved 
understanding of physical processes as well as dissemination of climate 
knowledge. The development of climate services is a major driving force behind 
the new position. 

The main part of the research at the R&D Department is externally funded, and 
the work in the division is project oriented with both internal and external 
national and international partners. 

The new scientist is expected to engage in: 
• establishing and developing the operational non-hydrostatic numerical weather 
prediction model at the institute (Arome-Harmonie) into a regional climate 
modell, in collaboration with other partners of the Hirlam-Harmonie-consortium
• participate in the high spatial resolution modelling of historical and future 
climate of Norway and adjacent areas including Svalbard.
• the development of bias correction methods of regional climate model 
downscaling calculations to make the results suitable for end users
• evaluating the results of global and regional climate model simulations
• publishing scientific research results
• contributing to the development of national and international research 
networks, and take an active part in the acquisition of external research 
• take part in additional activities and reporting responsibilities

Qualifications requirements:
• Higher education at master's or doctoral degree within geophysics, physics, 
mathematical modeling or equivalent. Research merits documented through 
publication or basic method development will be emphasized.
• Good knowledge of dynamic climate modeling and numerical weather eg. from the 
use of WRF, Harmonie or equivalent.
• Good knowledge of programming (like R, C / C + + and Fortran), and experience 
with Linux or equivalent. Experience with efficient use of massively parallel 
computers is an advantage.
• Knowledge of empirical-statistical downscaling methods is an advantage

We seek a person who:
• is systematic, responsible and result oriented
• has experience, ability and desire to work project organized, which includes 
contact with end users
• have good interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and in groups
• have clear written and oral presentation skills in English. Good oral 
presentation skills in Norwegian (Scandinavian) is an advantage.

We offer::
• A challenging research environment
• Excellent opportunities for personal development
• Flexible working hours
• Pay as 1108/1109/1110/1183 researcher depending on qualifications
• Membership in the Governmental Pension Scheme
• 6 months’ trial period

It is an objective that the staff shall reflect the composition of the 
population in general when it comes to cultural diversity.

Further information about the position can be obtained by contacting Torill 
Engen Skaugen (torill.engen.skaugen @, or Jan Erik Haugen 
(jan.erik.haugen @, tel. 22 96 30 00.

Application deadline: 4. april 2013

Please submitt the application electronically: 
and find this vacant position: Forsker i Avdeling for modell- og klimaanalyse

Oslo, 14. mars 2013

Torill Engen Skaugen 
Division Head 
Division for Model and Climate analysis
Research and Development Department
The Norwegian Meteorological Institute

P.O. Box 43 Blindern
N-0313 Oslo, Norway

Phone +47 22963335/+47 93081671

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