University of Bergen

Geophysical Institute

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 Research Fellow position in Dynamic Meteorology at the Geophysical institute, University of Bergen

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position at the Geophysical Institute within Meteorology. The position is for a period of three years and is associated with the project UNifying Perspectives on Atmosphere-Ocean Interactions during CyClone Development (UNPACC).


About the project and work tasks

The postdoc position will focus on air-sea interaction processes with emphasis on the mechanisms acting on the temporal and spatial scales from fronts to synoptic storms. The strong sea surface temperature gradients along the ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream and Kuroshio strongly influence the atmosphere, in particular low-level baroclinicity and frontal interactions between the ocean and atmosphere. The candidate will investigate the mechanisms by which oceanic fronts and eddies interact with atmospheric fronts and cyclones using idealised simulations, reanalysis data, and data from fully coupled climate models. Emphasis will be on testing recently proposed hypotheses on frontal interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean with idealised modelling including novel diagnostic tools that have been developed at UiB. The work will be carried out together in an international team (Australia, Japan, UK, USA) within the project UNPACC.


Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The candidate must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree within meteorology or a related field, or must have submitted the doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.

  • The candidate should have good knowledge in atmospheric dynamics.

  • Good skills in programming (e.g., FORTRAN, Python, Shell scripting), usually in a Linux environment.

  • Experience with analysis of model and reanalysis data as well as performing model simulations.

  • The candidate should demonstrate a strong curiosity and be self-driven to explore and implement new methods and ideas.

  • Work independently and in a structured manner, and have the ability to collaborate in a team.

  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow

The position of postdoctoral research 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 three years. If the appointee does not have teaching experience from the past, it may be necessary to increase the employment period to three years and three months, in which the three extra months funded by the department. Teaching and other duties of the institute, will in that case be added as duties of the position. Individuals may not be hired for more than one fixed-term period as a postdoctoral research 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

  • Membership in the Partnership between Norway and Japan for excellent Education and Research in Weather and Climate Dynamics (NORPAN), including research visits to Japan.

  • Salary at pay grade 57 (code 1352 / pay range 24, alternative 1) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 486 100. Further promotions are made according to length of service.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IW)

  • 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. One of these should 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 Professor Thomas Spengler ( or Sebastian Schemm (, Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen.


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. 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.




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  • Deadline
    Sunday, April 2, 2017
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