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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Research Fellowship or Researcher position in permafrost and Earth system modeling

Cc Hanna Lee <>
Date Mon, 21 Mar 2016 15:23:34 +0100

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship or Researcher position in permafrost
and Earth system modeling

Job description:
A 2-year postdoctoral researcher position in land surface modeling is
available at Uni Research Climate in Bergen, Norway, with the
possibility of being extended. More experienced candidates will be
considered for a researcher position. The focus will be to improve our
understandings on permafrost carbon climate feedbacks using the coupled
framework of the state-of-the-art Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM).
Main duties include implementing and improving permafrost related
processes in the land model for a more realistic representation of
permafrost in global as well as regional climate models. The candidate
will be responsible for the Community Land Model (CLM) simulations in
the framework of NorESM, CLM development and permafrost representation
in close interaction with field scientists, WRF modelers, and global
Earth system modelers. The model development will focus on subgrid
representation for other permafrost processes in the CLM, particularly
on the landscape development in areas with ice-rich ground, including
thermokarst formation and ground subsidence to ultimately understand the
effects of thawing permafrost on future climate. In addition to
permafrost model development, the candidate will contribute to the
upcoming Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6)
activities with the NorESM and its evaluation..

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree or the equivalent in
the discipline of either mathematics, physics, or geosciences with a
strong background in ESM particularly on the representation of surface
energy balance, snow cover, permafrost, hydrology, biogeochemistry,
and/or glacier mass balance. Furthermore, the candidate must present
evidence that she/he is capable of programming enough to modifying the
model source code to facilitate improvements of the model physics. The
candidate should have experience with Earth System Model structure,
particularly previous experience with CLM is most beneficial. The
candidate should further have experience with evaluation of model
results using field observations and have knowledge in high-latitude

The successful candidate should further demonstrate:
   - Knowledge in ESM framework particularly land surface modeling
   - Technical expertise in programming, in particular FORTRAN and NCL
   - Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research
   - Excellent writing and communication skills in English
   - Collaborate with researchers in different discipline

The application must include:
   - A 2-pg motivation letter including a statement of research
   - CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work, and other
qualifying activity)
   - Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records*
   - List of publications and/or awards and stipends that the applicant
wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
   - If available, a copy of the PhD thesis
   - Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to
candidate, e-mail and telephone number)
*Foreign applicants are recommended to attach an explanation of their
University’s grading system.
*Please remember that all documents should either be in English or a
Scandinavian language.

Salary and work environment:
Salary is decided by agreement. Uni Research AS has an employee pension
and insurance agreement. The successful applicant must comply with the
guidelines that apply to the position.

For further information about the position, please contact Hanna Lee
( As a partner in BCCR, we can offer numerous training
and career development opportunities via ResClim (
and CHESS (The Norwegian Research School on Changing Climate in the
coupled Earth System). For more information about Uni Research and BCCR,
please visit and

How to apply:
The application must be submitted through the jobbnorge system. Please
visit ( for more

Send electronic application by clicking on the button marked “APPLY FOR
THIS JOB” on this page. Applications must include a CV, certified copies
of diplomas and certificates, a 2-pg letter of motivation describing
yourself and outlining your motivation and relevant experience for the
project, and contact details of at least two references. Applications
sent by e-mail will not be considered.

Application deadline: April 15, 2016
Start date: ASAP, negotiable

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