October 2017
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[Met-jobs] 2-yr Postdoctoral Research Fellowship or Researcher position in permafrost and Earth system modeling

From Hanna Lee <>
Date Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:07:11 +0200

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 can be considered for a permanent 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; 
1) Implementing and improving permafrost related processes within the Community Land Model (CLM) for a more realistic representation of permafrost.
2) Evaluation of the CLM 
permafrost representation in close interaction with field scientists, WRF modelers, and global Earth system modelers.

3) Working together with the NorESM community to conduct simulations to understand permafrost carbon climate feedbacks.
4) Maintain the CLM in the framework of NorESM for the CMIP6 simulations. 
The model development will focus on biogeophysical side of permafrost; some examples include subgrid representation of other permafrost processes in the CLM, particularly on the landscape development in areas with ice-rich ground, including thermokarst formation and ground subsidence or snow permafrost feedback to ultimately understand the effects of thawing permafrost on future climate.



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 environments.


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 interests

  • 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.

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


For further information about the position, please contact Hanna Lee (, for HR-related questions, please contact HR Manager Åse Kvinnsland Kodal ( )

Please note that the application MUST be submitted via jobbnorge system ( 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.

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