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[Met-jobs] Oceanographer / wave modeller at The Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway), Bergen, Norway

From Øyvind Breivik <>
Date Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:24:01 +0200

Scientist in wave modelling and oceanography

The Division for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology under the Research and Development Department of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute in Bergen advertises a two-year position as scientist/developer with the possibility of a further extension and/or conversion to a permanent position.


The main task of the division is the continuing development of the maritime forecast products issued by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway). This is achieved through research on wind-generated surface waves and boundary layer meteorology as well as further development of numerical models of the ocean and ocean waves, and maritime trajectory models.


Wave models take central stage in maritime forecasting, and increasingly also as the intermediary in modelling the air-sea interaction. Coupled ocean, sea ice, wave and atmosphere modelling can potentially improve our forecasts for the Arctic region and Norwegian waters. MET Norway has ambitions to couple the different earth system components in the coming years. Wave models are also essential for the investigation of changes to the marine climate, and we are currently involved in several large projects aimed at mapping the present and future wave and wind climate.


The successful candidate will work on the development of wave models and coupling of wave models to ocean and atmosphere models as well as dissemination of model data for internal and external users. Skill in programming and experience with numerical modelling on Linux/UNIX high-performance computers is essential and shall be documented.


The position will offer exciting challenges in a professional, operational community. The pace can be high, and collaboration internally, on a national level and internationally is the norm. Candidates should have experience from scientific collaboration on national and international level.


Qualifications and experience:

  • A university MSc or PhD/dr.scient degree or equivalent is required in the fields of geophysics, physics, applied mathematics or similar.
  • Experience with numerical modelling and programming in Fortran or C is required.
  • Experience with mathematical-statistical methods is required.
  • Experience with software development on Linux/UNIX computers is required.
  • Experience with parallelization and high-performance computing is an advantage.
  • Experience with scripting (Python or equivalent) is an advantage.
  • Experience with distribution of model data through THREDDS and OPeNDAP is an advantage.
  • The working language at MET Norway is Norwegian. Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and demonstrate fluency, written and oral. Foreign candidates must be willing to learn Norwegian.
  • The candidate must have the ability to work independently while also collaborating in teams. Experience from scientific collaboration is important.


We offer:

  • Professional challenges in a modern technological environment
  • Opportunities for self-development
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Salary on the governmental salary scales dependent on qualifications and experience
  • Membership in the governmental pension fund, SPK (2% deducted from gross salary), one of the best pension funds in Norway
  • Insurances and mortgage through SPK
  • A pleasant working environment
  • The first 6 months is a mutual trial period.

It is a human relations objective that the staff should reflect the population composition of Norway in general with regard to gender and cultural diversity.


Further information can be obtained from Head of Division Magnar Reistad,

Tel.: +47 55 23 66 42, e-mail


Deadline for application: 20 April, 2017

The application must be submitted electronically; see

or "Vacant positions". Please attach CV, list of publications and the names of two references.

Dr Oyvind Breivik
Senior Scientist
Norwegian Meteorological Institute
Professor II
Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen
Alleg 70, NO-5007 Bergen, Norway
Tel: +47-55236623 / Mobile: +47-91102707

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