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[Met-jobs] postdoctoral position Norwegian Institute for Air Research

From Yvan Orsolini <>
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Date Wed, 27 Jan 2016 21:41:23 +0000

Post-doctoral position (2 years)

In the framework of the new project “THE CHANGING ARCTIC CRYOSPHERE: SNOW AND SEA ICE IMPACT ON PREDICTION AND CLIMATE OVER EUROPE AND ASIA” (SNOWGLACE) funded by the Research Council of Norway, we offer a two-year post-doc position.

The primary objective of SNOWGLACE is to improve our understanding of the complex interconnections between the shrinking Arctic cryosphere and the weather and climate in middle latitudes, with a special focus on Europe and Asia. A secondary objective is to estimate quantitatively actual predictability at the subseasonal-to-seasonal scale gained from initialisation of forecast models with accurate snow and sea ice conditions, thereby potentially improving long-range forecasting.

 The successful candidate will contribute to the following tasks:

  • Assessment of the role of snow on subseasonal-to-seasonal forecasting with the newly developed Norwegian Climate Prediction System (NorCPM), based on the Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM)
  • Multi-model assessment of the impact of changes in the Arctic cryosphere on the weather and climate of Europe and Asia

The successful applicant is expected to have a PhD degree with a strong background in atmospheric or climate modelling, and meteorological data analysis. It is required that the candidate is proficient in computer programming, and experienced in running climate or global forecast models.  

SNOWGLACE is also a new science initiative from the World Meteorological Organisation Working Group on Seasonal-to-Interannual prediction (WGSIP).  In that context, it is at the forefront of atmospheric research. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NERSC), the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) in Bergen, as well as several institutes in Asia (Japan, China, South Korea).

Our main office is located at Kjeller, just outside Oslo. Details about NILU can be found at Informal enquiries about the available position can be directed to Senior Scientist and SNOWGLACE project leader Dr. Yvan Orsolini ( [] 


Application, CV, scanned copies of certificates and degrees (include all higher education/university level) and three recommendation letters should be sent as one complete pdf-file to NILU ( ). NILU will perform a background check during its recruiting process. The application deadline is 1 March 2016. Refer to “SNOWGLACE” in application.

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