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[Met-jobs] 3-year Postdoc or Researcher position: permafrost thaw and consequences in Earth system modeling

From Hanna Lee <>
Date Thu, 23 Jul 2020 20:57:04 +0200

A 3-year postdoctoral researcher position in land surface modeling is available at NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS, Climate, in Bergen, Norway. More experienced candidates will be considered for a permanent position as senior researcher.

The position can start as soon as possible, but the start date is negotiable.

The focus the work will be to improve our understandings on climate change interaction between permafrost and land surface using the coupled framework of the state-of-the-art Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM).

Main duties include but not limited to 1) implementing and improving permafrost related processes within the Community Land Model (CLM) or Community Terrestrial System Model (CTSM) for a more realistic representation of permafrost processes and consequences of permafrost thaw (e.g. thermokarst, infrastructure, flood, land use change, grazing, fire, and etc.), 2) working together with the NorESM community to evaluate models with observational data, and 3) maintain and analyze the CLM/CTSM in the framework of NorESM for the CMIP6 simulations. 

Qualifications, requirements and skills

  • PhD degree in the related discipline of either mathematics, physics, atmospheric sciences, geosciences, or biology
  • Experience with modeling is required (CLM or CTSM is most beneficial)
  • Skills in handling, analyzing, 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 required
  • Experience with running Earth system models is an advantage
  • Good knowledge in surface energy balance, snow cover, permafrost, hydrology, biogeochemistry, glacier mass balance, and/or vegetation 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

General information

For further information about the position, please contact Hanna Lee ( Questions about the application process can be directed to HR Adviser Julia Dale (

The application must include

  • A 2-pg statement including motivation and research interests
  • A full CV (summarizing education, positions, academic work including a list of publications, and other qualifying activity)
  • A short summary of publications describing the applicant’s contribution (up to 10)
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records*
  • 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.

How to apply

Please apply using the link in this advertisement.

Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.

Application deadline: August 30th, 2020

About NORCE 

NORCE is a new and forward-looking research institute, with expertise in a wide range of fields and strong communities of knowledge. We deliver research and innovation in energy, health care, climate, the environment, society and technology. Our solutions address key challenges for society and contribute to value creation on the local, national and global levels.

 About NORCE Climate

NORCE Climate conducts basic and applied research on the climate system, on anthropogenic climate change and its impact on societies, as well as 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. As a partner in Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR), we can offer numerous training and career development opportunities via CHESS (The Norwegian Research School on Changing Climate in the coupled Earth System).

Dr. Hanna Lee
Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
Research professor, NORCE Climate, Norwegian Research Centre
Mailing address: P.O. Box 7810, 5020 Bergen, Norway
Visiting address: Jahnebakken 5, 5007 Bergen, Norway
Phone: +47 5610 7534 (office)

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS

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