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[Met-jobs] Postdoc in carbon-cycle and climate research

From Jörg Schwinger <>
To "" <>
Date Tue, 20 Aug 2019 14:47:03 +0000

*Postdoc in carbon-cycle and climate research*

A 2.5-year postdoctoral fellowship position (with a possibility for 
extension) is available for the research topic “terrestrial carbon cycle 
feedbacks under overshoot scenarios” at the biogeochemistry group of 
NORCE Climate and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. NORCE 
Climate conducts basic and applied research on the climate system, on 
anthropogenic climate change and its impact on societies, and on the 
feasibility of climate change mitigation options. NORCE Climate is one 
of the four partners of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, which 
is the largest climate research centre in the Scandinavian countries and 
among the leading centres in Europe.Our biogeochemistry group works on 
quantifying the global cycles of carbon and related elements, on better 
constraining future projections of these cycles, and on sustainable 
mitigation options.

We offer an exciting job-opportunity in the field of global carbon cycle 
and Earth system modelling within the newly initiated project entitled 
“Emit now, mitigate later? IMPlications of temperature OverShoots for 
the Earth system” funded by the Research Council of Norway. The 
overarching goal of this project is to define limits for overshoot 
duration and magnitude beyond which potentially dangerous irreversible 
changes in the Earth system might occur. This is an exciting and 
challenging area of science, and we are looking for a motivated, 
curiosity-driven person, preferably with experience in terrestrial 
carbon cycle science and in analyzing Earth system model projections.

The project has interesting international collaborations with Lund 
University (vegetation and fire modelling), University of Bern (global 
carbon cycle modeling), and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy 
(integrated assessment modelling). The position will be affiliated with 
the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, which provides a lively and 
stimulating work environment.

*Specific work tasks:*

·Analyze simulations of (realistic and idealized) overshoot scenarios 
conducted with the Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM) with a focus on 
permafrost and high latitude vegetation carbon feedbacks.

·Critically review simplified carbon cycle models (e.g. global box 
models) as to how well they simulate global carbon cycle dynamics under 
overshoot conditions.

·Develop improvements for simplified carbon cycle model where weaknesses 
for overshoot conditions have been identified.

·Publish results in high level peer reviewed journals.

*Education requirements:*

The successful candidate will have a PhD within meteorology, physics, 
mathematics, biology or related fields.

*Desired Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:*

·A strong background in terrestrial biogeochemistry and Earth system 
modelling, and knowledge of carbon cycle dynamics in general

·Skills in handling, analysing, and visualizing large model data sets

·Experience in working with Linux/Unix environments and with high level 
programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN, Matlab, R, Python)

·Experience with running Earth system models is an advantage

·Ability to work across disciplines

·Good team working skills while being proactive

·Proficiency in both written and oral English


*We can offer:*

·A good and professionally challenging working environment

·Career development training

·A competitive salary

·Excellent welfare benefits

·Opportunities for independent project development

·Possibility to influence your own work, work-time and choice of solutions.

*Your application must include:*

·A brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying 
for the position.

·The names and contact information of two references

·CV including a list of scientific publications

·Transcripts, diplomas and relevant certificates

·If a PhD has not yet been awarded: An official confirmation that the 
doctoral thesis has been submitted

·The application and appendices with certified translations into English 
or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at our recruitment portal 


*General information:*

If you have any scientific questions about the position, please contact: 
Jörg Schwinger ( 
<>) or Hanna Lee 
( <>). 
Questions about the application process can be directed to HR Adviser 
Monika Voit ( 

*How to apply:*

Please please apply using the following link:

*Application deadline:*

15 September 2019

  Jörg Schwinger
  NORCE Climate,
  Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

  Jahnebakken 5, 5007 Bergen, Norway
  Phone: +47 555 83709, Fax: +47 555 89883

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