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Research Software Engineer - Department of Geosciences

Deadline: 24.09.2020

Universitetet i Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


The geosciences are the studies of the planet Earth and its comparative planetology; the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and cryosphere, the Earth's surface and its interior. The Department of Geosciences conducts research and teaching in most of the domains of geoscience; geology, geophysics, physical geography, geomatics, hydrology, meteorology and oceanography. The Department is the broadest geoscience research and education environment in Norway. The Department encompasses five sections; Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes (Njord centre) and one Centre of Excellence CEED - Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics.


The Department aims to contribute to the new and important UN Sustainability Development Goals.The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical- and administrative staff. Approximately number of employees are 240 at the Department

About the position

A 2.5 year position as research software engineer is available at the University of Oslo (UiO), Department of Geosciences. The position is organized under the Section of Meteorology and Oceanography (MetOs), but will work in close relation to the IT-support group.Preferred starting date is as soon as possible.

Research and teaching activities at MetOs cover a range of topics in meteorology and oceanography. These include large-scale atmospheric and oceanic dynamics, ocean-atmosphere and land-atmosphere interactions, cloud physics and radiative transfer, and atmospheric chemistry with an emphasis on global and regional climate. The MetOs section uses a variety of modelling tools, some of which are land surface processes (e.g. hydrology or vegetation dynamics) and as such are used by other researchers within the Department. These models include, but are not limited to, small-scale process models, weather prediction models, ocean dynamics models and Earth System Models (ESM). A key tool in climate research in the section is the Norwegian Earth System model (NorESM) and the section is contributing actively to its further development.

The main computing and storage resources are through the national Norwegian Infrastructure provided by Uninett-Sigma2. The section has six faculty positions and five adjunct professors (20%). The section employs at present 22 researchers, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students. External project financing comes from the Norwegian and European Research Councils, and the EU Framework Programs. Frontline support for setting up and running models on HPC platforms and basic data management for new master and PhDs will be provided by assigned PhD-students. The new position will facilitate and supervise these assigned PhD-students.

The position will also serve the wider needs of all sections of the Department of Geosciences through i.e. adapting and transferring skills to new technology and innovations, contribute to the broader research software engineering community for example through support for high performance computing equipment, development and maintenance of open source software and through the planning, development and provision of technical training.

Job description

We seek a highly motivated software engineer, with an interest in the Earth Climate System, to work with scientific software development and research support.

The Research Software Engineer will:

  • Contribute to the design, planning, documentation and execution of computational research work (research computing).
  • Assist in the planning and preparation of RSE support for research proposals.
  • Close contact and support for researchers and students working with atmospheric, ocean and climate models.
  • Keep in close contact with RSEs at NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, US) where the core of the climate model is developed
  • Supervise PhD-students (who have duty work) who have been assigned front-line support tasks for specific models and systems.
  • Contribute to the broader research software engineering community for example through support for high performance computing equipment, development and maintenance of open source software and through the planning, development and provision of technical training.
  • Follow good software engineering and reproducible research practice and disseminate this practice to collaborating partners

Qualification requirements

  • A master degree in computer science, geophysics, physics or a related field
  • An active and strong profile with documented knowledge and experience in scientific software development and high performance computing
  • A good command of English- written and oral
  • Have the ability to work team-oriented in research environment across several research fields

Other qualifications:

  • Experience from computational support staff work for students and/or researchers
  • Good knowledge of Fortran is an advantage
  • Experience with scripting language such as python and Bash shell is an advantage

We offer

  • salary NOK 573 100 - 655 400 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Senior Engineer. (position code 1181)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include:

  • Cover letter
  • CV (complete overview of education and work experience)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters for recommendation
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (names, relation to candidate and telephone number)

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

The application with attachments must be delivered in our recruiting system.

Formal regulations

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

UiO has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o

Contact information

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR Adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, phone +47 22854272, email:[email protected]

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