PhD Research Fellowship in Climate Modeling University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences

PhD Research Fellowship in Climate Modeling


Job description

A PhD Research Fellowship in Climate Modeling is available at the Department of Geosciences at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.



The fellowship period is 3 years, and will be devoted exclusively to research education within the framework of the research project “Climate Change Modeling and Prediction of Economic Impact”, which is funded by the Norwegian Research Council under grant nr. 281071. This is an interdisciplinary project, with collaborators at Nord University (Norway) and Yale University (USA). The PhD fellow will be expected to participate in annual project team meetings, and will be able to spend an extended period (~6 months) at Yale University. He/she is also expected to present his/her results at major international conferences in the field of climate science and/or economic impacts of climate change. Note that no one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo. Preferred starting date no later than 01.10.2018


More about the position

The PhD candidate will work with the Norwegian Earth System model (NorESM) framework with a focus on Work Package 2 (WP2) of the project. The objective of WP2 is ultimately to combine the strengths of NorESM with those of an integrated assessment models (IAM), the Disaggregated Integrated Model of climate and the Economy (DIME) into a single more complete modeling tool (NorESM-DIME). The project and the successful candidate will thus take a novel and holistic approach to the modeling of climate change and its associated economic impacts.


The PhD candidate will be working in an international community of active collaboration between climate scientists and economists which is already well established.


A detailed project plan will be developed in collaboration with the successful candidate, depending on qualifications and interests and new projects for the center.


Qualification requirements


  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree or equivalent in climate science or a related field.
  • Applicants must demonstrate experience in working with complex systems through numerical modelling, preferably on the global scale in the framework of an Earth System Model.
  • Some background macroeconomic knowledge is advantageous, but not required. Motivation and willingness to work interdisciplinary is essential.
  • Applicants must demonstrate good programming skills
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English are required


The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates for these fellowships will be selected in accordance with this, and expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.


The purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree.


The fellowship requires admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The application to the PhD program must be submitted to the department no later than two months after taking up the position. For more information see:

Doctoral degree: PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Doctoral degree and PhD

A good command of English is required


We offer

  • Salary NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per year depending on qualifications and seniority as PhD Research Fellow, (position code 1017)
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities


How to apply


The application must include:

  • Cover letter. Statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work - scientific publications)
  • Copies of educational certificates, transcript of records and letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “Apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


Applicants may be called in for an interview.


Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.


According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.


The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.


The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.


Contact information

Associate Professor Trude Storelvmo, +47 22855819,

Professor Terje Berntsen, +47 22858771,

For questions about the recruitment system, please contact HR Officer Helene Jansen, +47 22857196,


About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.


The geosciences are the studies of planet Earth; the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and cryosphere, the earth's surface and it’s interior. The Department of Geosciences is Norway’s widest ranging academic geoscience


research environment, encompassing four sections (Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes) and one Centre of Excellence (Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics). In addition we participate in other centres and hold several ERC grants. The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical staff and administrative personnel, to a total number of 240.





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