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[Met-jobs] Post-doc in carbon-cycle and climate research at the Bjerknes Centre, Bergen, Norway

From Jörg Schwinger <>
To "" <>
Date Fri, 10 Jan 2020 20:08:41 +0000

Please note that we have extended the application deadline for the below 
job-offer to February 9.

Please also note that although we are looking for someone with 
experience in terrestrial carbon cycle modelling, we will also consider 
strong candidates with experience in Earth system modelling in general.

Thanks and best wishes

Jörg Schwinger


A 3-year postdoctoral fellowship position 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. Depending on performance and the general funding 
situation, there is the possibility that a permanent position is offered 
after 3 years.

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, with experience in modelling the terrestrial 
carbon cycle 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:

   * Conduct and analyze simulations of (realistic and idealized)
     overshoot scenarios with the Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM)
     with a focus on permafrost and high latitude vegetation carbon
   * 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.

     Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

   * A strong background in terrestrial biogeochemistry and Earth system
     modelling, and knowledge of carbon cycle dynamics in general is 
   * Experience with modelling the terrestrial carbon cycle is required
   * Skills in handling, analysing, and visualizing large model data sets
     are required
   * Experience in working with Linux/Unix environments and with high
     level programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN, Matlab, R, Python) is
   * Experience with running Earth system models is an advantage
   * Experience with permafrost or vegetation modelling 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

Depending on performance and on the general funding situation a 
permanent position as researcher might be offered after 3 years.

     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 Jobbnorge

     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 
Julia Dale <> (

     How to apply:

Please apply via

Application deadline is: February 9th, 2020.

  Jörg Schwinger
  NORCE Climate & Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

  Jahnebakken 5, 5007 Bergen, Norway
  Phone: +47 56107551
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