Modern meteorology requires management and analysis of enormous amounts of data, and offers great and exciting professional challenges. Since the institute was established in 1866, the Norwegian meteorologists have played a key role in this development. Norwegian Meteorological Institute is today a leading international environment of expertise in operational meteorology and climatology.

Postdoc - Model evaluation

A 3 year postdoc position is open in the Division of Climate modelling and Air Pollution (KL) at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway) within the field of air pollution/earth system modelling and specifically the evaluation and interpretation of model results.


One of the main tasks of the division is to further develop the understanding of air pollution and climate change and their interactions. This includes the Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM), which is developed and applied in a national partnership in particular with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen (BCCR) and the Department of Geosciences at the University of Oslo. Furthermore, it includes the modelling of transboundary transport of air pollutants on a regional and global scale with the EMEP/MSC-W model, which provides the scientific and technical underpinning of the Convention on Long Range Transmission of Air Pollutants (CLRTAP, Finally, MET holds the AeroCom database and seeks to support international efforts to improve aerosol modelling. The new scientist is expected to contribute to the evaluation of the different models using various observational data.


The new position is a part of the R&D Department with about 90 scientists altogether (of which around 25 work in the KL division), addressing numerical weather prediction, model and climate analysis, oceanography and marine meteorology, climate and air pollution. The R&D Department is organized in projects and serves the operational part of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute as well as external project funders.



The new scientist will work with the analysis of the model data: the earth system model NorESM, the EMEP/MSC-W chemical transport model and the AeroCom models. Evaluation tools based on python and MET’s pyaerocom library need to be further developed to support work in several projects on model analysis and evaluation. The new scientist is expected to be responsible for this development and participate in the interpretation of the results..


He/she is expected to contribute to the WP on model evaluation in the INES infrastructure project, EU-Crescendo and the internal AeroCom project.


Preferred qualifications

  • PhD in natural sciences, preferably meteorology
  • experience with interpretation and analysis of data hold in the AeroCom and EBAS data base
  • experience with comparison and interpretation of measurement and model data (chemical transport models and/or climate models)
  • good scientific (English) writing skills and a relevant scientific track record
  • ability to take responsibility and leadership in her/his scientific project/field
  • experience with UNIX/LINUX, phyton, visualisation packages, databases


Personal skills

  • strong motivation,
  • creativity and analytic skills
  • ability to work in a result-oriented, accurate and structured way
  • willingness to learn Norwegian 



  • salary on the governmental salary scales as scientist, dependent on qualifications and experience, NOK 515.200 - 695.500 pr. year, higher salary can be negotiated in case the selected applicant has excellent qualifications
  • membership in the governmental pension scheme (2% deducted from gross salary)
  • the first 6 months is a mutual trial period


It is an aim that the composition of the staff at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute shall reflect the composition of the population at large both in terms of gender and cultural background.


For more details, contact Head of Division Hilde Fagerli (ph +4722963309) or Deputy Head Michael Schulz (ph +47 984 71 672) or Director of Research Lars Anders Beivik (ph +47 917 50 623).


The application must be submitted electronically; Click here to apply.
Please attach Motivation letter, CV, list of publications and the names of two references.

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    24. januar 2019
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