[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoctoral Research Fellowship or Researcher position in permafrost and Earth system modeling

Hanna Lee Hanna.Lee at uni.no
Fri Mar 18 04:12:28 MDT 2016

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship or Researcher position in permafrost 
and Earth system modeling

Job description:
A 2-year postdoctoral researcher position in land surface modeling is 
available at Uni Research Climate in Bergen, Norway, with the 
possibility of being extended. More experienced candidates will be 
considered for a researcher position. The focus will be to improve our 
understandings on permafrost carbon climate feedbacks using the coupled 
framework of the state-of-the-art Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM). 
Main duties include implementing and improving permafrost related 
processes in the land model for a more realistic representation of 
permafrost in global as well as regional climate models. The candidate 
will be responsible for the Community Land Model (CLM) simulations in 
the framework of NorESM, CLM development and permafrost representation 
in close interaction with field scientists, WRF modelers, and global 
Earth system modelers. The model development will focus on subgrid 
representation for other permafrost processes in the CLM, particularly 
on the landscape development in areas with ice-rich ground, including 
thermokarst formation and ground subsidence to ultimately understand the 
effects of thawing permafrost on future climate. In addition to 
permafrost model development, the candidate will contribute to the 
upcoming Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) 
activities with the NorESM and its evaluation..

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree or the equivalent in 
the discipline of either mathematics, physics, or geosciences with a 
strong background in ESM particularly on the representation of surface 
energy balance, snow cover, permafrost, hydrology, biogeochemistry, 
and/or glacier mass balance. Furthermore, the candidate must present 
evidence that she/he is capable of programming enough to modifying the 
model source code to facilitate improvements of the model physics. The 
candidate should have experience with Earth System Model structure, 
particularly previous experience with CLM is most beneficial. The 
candidate should further have experience with evaluation of model 
results using field observations and have knowledge in high-latitude 

The successful candidate should further demonstrate:
    - Knowledge in ESM framework particularly land surface modeling
    - Technical expertise in programming, in particular FORTRAN and NCL
    - Evidence of creativity and capability of independent research
    - Excellent writing and communication skills in English
    - Collaborate with researchers in different discipline

The application must include:
    - A 2-pg motivation letter including a statement of research 
    - CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work, and other 
qualifying activity)
    - Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records*
    - List of publications and/or awards and stipends that the applicant 
wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
    - If available, a copy of the PhD thesis
    - 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.

Salary and work environment:
Salary is decided by agreement. Uni Research AS has an employee pension 
and insurance agreement. The successful applicant must comply with the 
guidelines that apply to the position.

For further information about the position, please contact Hanna Lee 
(hanna.lee at uni.no). As a partner in BCCR, we can offer numerous training 
and career development opportunities via ResClim (http://resclim.no/) 
and CHESS (The Norwegian Research School on Changing Climate in the 
coupled Earth System). For more information about Uni Research and BCCR, 
please visit http://uni.no/klima and http://www.bjerknes.uib.no.

How to apply:
The application must be submitted through the jobbnorge system. Please 
visit (https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/123624/) for more 

Send electronic application by clicking on the button marked “APPLY FOR 
THIS JOB” on this page. Applications must include a CV, certified copies 
of diplomas and certificates, a 2-pg letter of motivation describing 
yourself and outlining your motivation and relevant experience for the 
project, and contact details of at least two references. Applications 
sent by e-mail will not be considered.

Application deadline: April 15, 2016
Start date: ASAP, negotiable


Hanna Lee, Ph.D.
Uni Research Climate
Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research
P.O. Box 7810
5020 Bergen, Norway
Email: Hanna.Lee at uni.no
Phone: +47 5558 9869 (office)

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