University of Bergen (UiB)  - Postdoctoral Fellow position in meteorology

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.

Postdoctoral Fellow position in meteorology

Deadline 2/1/2017

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral fellow position at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen within numerical modelling in meteorology. The position is for a period of 3 years and is funded by the University of Bergen and Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Project/work tasks

 The position is part of an effort to develop a physically based spatio-temporal gridded downscaling of the national numerical weather prediction (NWP) forecast that is currently run on a grid of 2.5 x 2.5 km2 The forecasts are subsequently corrected by statistical analysis and presented on (the world’s 5th largest web based weather service). The aim is to further improve the forecast quality of near-surface meteorological variables (temperature, wind, precipitation), tackling outstanding forecast challenges by taking advantage of near surface high resolution information (topography, land use, etc.) and exploit the potential of the rapidly increasing amount of un-conventional (e.g. personal) weather observations.

The postdoctoral fellow’s main responsibility will be to develop a computationally fast (in an operational environment) physics-based downscaling model that is constrained by the national NWP analysis/ forecast. The novelty of the project is to explore and develop capabilities of utilising new, un-conventional observations. Special emphasis will be placed on improving the nowcasting skills of the current weather forecasts and improving this important aspect of The postdoctoral fellow will work closely with researchers at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree in atmospheric sciences, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment within these topics prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded before employment.
  • A strong background in numerical modelling of weather and/or climate is an advantage.
  • Experience with evaluating the performance of weather or climate models using statistical analysis.
  • Practical experience with programming (Fortran, C+, matlab, python, R, etc.) and the numerical methods used in meteorological modelling.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and structured, and good collaborative skills.
  • Proficiency in English, both written and oral.

About the position of postdoctoral fellow

The position of postdoctoral fellow is a fixed-term appointment with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. The fixed-term period for this position is 3 years. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral fellow at the same institution.

After appointment, the project plan, including a schedule, must be prepared in cooperation with the project manager/supervisor. It is a requirement that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 57 (Code 1352/Pay range 24, alternative 1) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual salary of NOK 489 300. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).
  • Good welfare benefits.

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of the applicant's research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. If there is less than 5 years since the PhD was obtained, one of these must be the main advisor from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.
  • Relevant certificates/references.
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge. Applications sent by email to individuals will not be considered.

General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting:

The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principle of public access to information when recruiting staff for academic positions. Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Apply for position

Søknadsfrist: 01.02.2017

Kontakt: Prof. Nils Gunnar Kvamstø

Kontakt 2: Prof. Asgeir Sorteberg