Would you like to contribute to the studies of climate change effects on the hydrological cycle?

Søknadsfrist 15. februar 2019

Hydrologisk modellering, Norges vassdrags- og energidirektorat (NVE)

We are looking for a colleague with a PhD in hydrology or meteorology and knowledge about modelling of land atmosphere interactions including the effects of climate change on the water balance, glaciers, river flow, floods and droughts.

NVE is the key research centre in the Norwegian hydrological community. The Hydrology Department at NVE has approximately 110 employees and is responsible for collecting, storing and analysing data on water level, water discharge, snow, ice, glaciers, ground water, water temperature, erosion, and sediment transport. The department carries out research and development activities, as well as commissioned work, is a partner in the Norwegian Centre for Climate Services and is responsible for the national flood, landslide and avalanche warning services.

Norges vassdrags- og energidirektorat (NVE)

NVE forvalter Norges vann- og energiressurser til det beste for samfunnet. Vi sørger for at strømmen blir levert, vi overvåker og varsler naturfare, vi holder tilsyn med kraftbransjen, vi utvikler regelverk, vi behandler søknader om ulike konsesjoner innen vann og fornybar energi og vi sikrer bebyggelse mot naturfare. Forskning og internasjonalt utviklings­samarbeid er også viktige arbeidsområder for oss, i tillegg til at vi er nasjonal faginstitusjon for hydrologi.

NVE har hovedkontor i Oslo og fem regionkontor rundt i landet. I tillegg har vi fjellskredovervåking på Stranda og i Kåfjord. Til sammen er vi 600 ansatte med tverrfaglig kompetanse. NVE er et direktorat underlagt Olje- og energidepartementet.

The Section for Hydrological Modelling is engaged in several research projects, both national and international. We study the effects of climate change on the hydrological cycle, how to improve hydrological models for flood forecasting and prediction in ungauged basins. The results from research projects are applied in improving water resources management in connection with issues such as adaptation to climate change, flood prevention and hydropower production. We would like you to contribute to this work. The position is temporary with a duration of two years.

Your main responsibilities will be related to:

  • hydrological modelling focussing on climate change effects on hydrology
  • the use of advanced statistical methods in hydrological modelling,
  • engagement in international collaboration,
  • publications in international peer-reviewed journals

The major modelling focus:

  • Improvement and further development of precipitation-runoff models. Key aspects are the understanding of climate, vegetation and land use changes on hydrology. Examples are improved model description, post processing methods and quantification of uncertainty.



  • The applicant should hold a PhD degree (or equivalent) in hydrology/meteorology. Applicants with a degree in a related discipline will also be considered.
  • Experience in hydrological or climate modelling
  • Relevant experience in programming/scripting (e.g C++, C#, R, Python).
  • Analytical skills
  • Experience in handling large spatial and temporal data sets (in time and space)
  • A high standard of English both orally and written
  • Good communication and collaboration skills Desirable:
  • The working language at NVE is Norwegian and a high standard of Norwegian is therefore an advantage
  • Experience with publications in international peer-reviewed journals
  • Experience in project leadership.

Personal skills

  • Ability to work independently, systematically and solution oriented
  • Good communications and teamwork skills
  • NVE places a high level of importance on personal qualities in the work environment in general.
  • Personal suitability is therefore of key importance for the position

We offer

  • Salaries based on qualifications, according to research position 1108/1109/1110, annual salary: 500 000 – 700 000. A higher salary can be considered commensurate with experience. A pension contribution is deducted from the salary according to current rules.
  • The section has a strong professional emphasis and a good working environment where teamwork is highly prioritised.
  • The possibility to develop your career as a research scientist
  • The possibility to see your scientific results be applied in climate change adaptation, operational hydrology and water resources management
  • Offices at Majorstuen close to Frognerparken in Oslo
  • Training facilities and a company sports team
  • Family friendly and flexible personnel policy
  • Flexible working hours, reduced working hours in the summer and paid overtime
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund that includes favourable housing loans NVE has a multidisciplinary working environment with employees from more than 20 nations. It is a personnel policy goal to reflect the composition of the society with respect to age, sex and cultural background. We therefore welcome applicants independent of age, sex, operability, nationality or ethnic background. NVE is a so-called “including employment” enterprise and will adjust working conditions for staff members with reduced capacity.

    Application deadline: 15th February 2019

    Please attach degree and exam certificates and letters of reference electronically. Applications will not be returned. If an applicant wishes to opt out from a public list of applicants, this must be justified. Information regarding the applicant can be released even if the applicant has asked not to be included on the list of applicants. If the reservation is disregarded the applicant will be notified of this before the public list of applicants drawn up.

    If necessary regarding some position, there can be conducted an extended reference check of candidate (s) who are recommended for the position. This means a document and source control to confirm the origin and validity of the CV, letters of statement and/or degree/exam certificates.

    If necessary regarding some position, there can be conducted an extended reference check of candidate (s) who are recommended for the position. This means a document and source control to confirm the origin and validity of the CV, letters of statement and/or degree/exam certificates.

    Hege Hisdal, Section Head +47 934 21 527
    Stein Beldring, Senior Research Scientist +47 22 95 90 30
    Kathrine Berg Nilsen, HR +47 22 95 98 62

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