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Postdoctoral researcher position in regional climate modelling and land-atmosphere interactions

Postdoctoral researcher position in regional climate modelling and land-atmosphere interactions

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher position at Uni Research Climate at the intersection of regional climate dynamics, land use/land cover change and climate mitigation strategies. The position is for a period of 2 years under the project titled, “Hidden costs of implementing afforestation as a climate mitigation strategy: A comprehensive assessment of direct and indirect impacts (HiddenCosts)” funded by the Research Council of Norway and led by Dr. Hanna Lee.


About the project/work tasks

HiddenCosts will evaluate the overall costs and benefits of afforestation in open landscapes by analyzing the direct and indirect impacts of such schemes, thereby gaining overall understandings of climatic, ecological, and societal impacts of afforestation and the two alternative scenarios, continued management and natural succession. HiddenCosts focuses on addressing the two main questions around "Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU)" mitigation and adaptation strategies under the current climate change scenarios.

1) Is afforestation a viable climate mitigation strategy, considering the full "costs and benefits" from direct and indirect impacts combined?

2) How well does afforestation fit in the framework of climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, relative to natural succession and management?


The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for perform high resolution modelling coupled land-atmosphere simulations of the three scenarios described above. She/he will undertake an analysis of the regional energy, water budget responses as well as the response in local-regional circulation in the proposed scenarios. Additional investigations will concentrate on analysing and developing risk indices for weather and climate related hazards associated with particular land surface prescriptions (e.g. flooding, wildfires, landslides, windfall risk). There will be opportunity for extensive collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of biologists, ecosystem scientists and biogeochemists.


Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The applicant must hold a Norwegian PhD, or an equivalent degree in atmospheric sciences, hydrology or a relevant earth and environmental sciences discipline, at the start of employment.

  • We seek candidates with a strong background in numerical modelling of weather and/or climate.

  • Experience in the use and analysis of atmospheric regional climate or weather forecast models is required.

  • Experience with regional climate modelling is essential; experience with the WRF weather and climate modelling system is advantageous.

  • Some experience with land surface modelling is required; experience with CLM is advantageous.

  • It is an advantage to have experience with programming (Fortran, C+, etc.), statistical analysis of climate and weather data, basic shell scripting, Matlab/python or similar analysis software.

  • Ability to work comfortably in a Linux based HPC environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and ability to collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to publish in international peer-reviewed journals at a level commensurate with career stage.

  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.


    We can offer

  • A good and professionally challenging, international working environment.

  • Competitive wages

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).

  • Good welfare benefits.


    Your application must include

  • A 2-page motivation letter including a statement of research interests

  • 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)

Applications sent by e-mail will not be considered.


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.


General information

For further information about the position, please contact lead researcher for this part of the project, Dr. Stefan Sobolowski (stefan.sobolowski@uni.no), or project leader Dr. Hanna Lee (hanna.lee@uni.no). For HR-related questions, please contact HR Manager Åse Kvinnsland Kodal (ase.kvinnsland@uni.no).

As 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.


Application deadline: 30, April 2017


Start date: 1. September 2017 ,but an earlier/later start date may be negotiated.






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