Atmospheric modeller

Søknadsfrist: 27.08.2022

Norwegian Institute for Air Research

At NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Research, our greatest strength is our outstanding employees. They contribute to NILU’s leading position both nationally and internationally – and to a pleasant working environment.

We do research from pole to pole – from Zeppelin in Svalbard to Trollhaugen in Antarctica. Our research helps increase knowledge about climate change, the composition of the atmosphere, air quality, sustainable transitions and environmental toxins – as well as how all these factors affect health and the environment. Every year, NILU performs hundreds of research commissions, large and small, for public and private customers, in Norway and internationally.

NILU is an independent research foundation with no owners who collect dividends. Instead, all profits are reinvested in operating and developing research services that benefit society. We place great emphasis on open research, open publishing, and open source code – because knowledge is meant to be shared.

At NILU, all employees are equal, regardless of gender, age, disability, creed/philosophy of life, language, cultural differences and sexual orientation. We respect and value individual characteristics, and do not accept any form of discrimination.

Permanent position as Scientist at NILU

About position

NILU is a dynamic research institute providing expertise on a wide range of climate and environmental topics. NILU’s Atmosphere and climate (ATMOS) department studies atmospheric processes, pollutants, including greenhouse gases, as well as the dispersal of aerosols and radionuclides.

The ATMOS department is seeking a research scientist to join their team. The successful candidate will use atmospheric transport modelling and inverse modelling to better understand the sources, sinks and transport of various atmospheric pollutants, including greenhouse gases. For greenhouse gases, specifically CO2 and CH4, the use of satellite data will also play an important role. The principle atmospheric transport model used at ATMOS is the Lagrangian particle dispersion model, FLEXPART, for which ATMOS is also one of the main developers. The successful candidate will also eventually be expected to develop their own research interests and to write proposals.


  • PhD and preferably two or more years of research experience in atmospheric science or a related field
  • Strong analytical, statistical, and programming skills
  • Ability and aptitude to network with others
  • A background in inverse modelling and atmospheric transport modelling is also desirable
  • It would be an advantage to have experience working with remote sensing measurements of atmospheric composition

Candidates are also expected to have strong writing skills and to contribute to writing scientific reports, publications and proposals. Preferably the candidates have skills and interests in dissemination and outreach activities.

We offer

At NILU, we work for our common future. Our research contributes to the fight against climate change and to secure a healthy environment and a sustainably society. This means that work is more than just work: what we do each day makes a difference.

We offer flexible working hours, work-from-home agreements, subsidised fitness training, and excellent pension and insurance schemes. Salary is competitive.

During a working day at NILU, you will encounter:

  • An international and interdisciplinary environment with pleasant colleagues from all over the world
  • Great creativity and generous sharing of knowledge
  • Broad experience and excellent opportunities for professional development
  • A global network of partners

Most of our approximately 170 employees work at the main office in Kjeller, a short train ride from Oslo. We also have an office in Tromsø just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of town.

Application prosess

For questions about the position, please contact:

  • Research Director Kjetil Tørseth ([email protected]), Atmospheric and Climate research at NILU

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