PhD Research Fellow in Large-scale Atmospheric Dynamics University of Bergen, Geophysical Institute Norway

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PhD Research Fellow in large-scale atmospheric dynamics


There is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen in large-scale atmospheric dynamics. The position is for a fixed-term period of 4 years under the project Enhancing Mechanistic Understanding of mid-latitude LArge-scale circulaTion Errors (EMULATE) funded by the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research.


About the project/work tasks


EMULATE will undertake deep analysis of the existing climate model data archives (e.g. CMIP5, CORDEX) to improve the physical understanding of the well-known biases in mid-latitude circulation features (e.g. storm tracks, jets, and blocking). The project will also explore the impacts of these biases on regional-scale extreme weather events over Europe. Many studies have identified the shortcomings of models in their representation of these circulation features, but physical understanding of their drivers and the implications of the biases remains incomplete. This work will be critically important in identifying and understanding errors in global climate models, and constraining the regional impacts and effects of present and future change.


The successful candidate will undertake detailed statistical analysis of climate model data with an aim to understand the processes shaping the biases (e.g. SST, orography) and assess their implication for European weather extremes.


Qualifications and personal qualities

  • Applicants must hold a master's degree or equivalent in atmospheric sciences, meteorology, or a climate science related field, or must have submitted his/her master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.
  • Experience with large-scale climate dynamics and the general circulation of the atmosphere is required. In addition, it is an advantage to have experience with extreme weather events.

  • Experience in statistical analysis of climate data and working with Python, R, or Matlab. In addition, it is an advantage to have experience of global and/or regional climate modelling, CDO/NCO, and working with observational datasets.

  • Ability to work comfortably in the Unix/Linux environment.

  • Applicants must be able to work independently and independently and in a structured manner, and demonstrate good collaborative skills.

  • Proficiency in both written and oral English.


Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized.


About the PhD position

The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time each year comprises required duties associated with research, teaching and dissemination of results.The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a PhD position


About the research training

As a PhD candidate, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. A final plan for the implementation of the research training must be approved by the faculty within three months after you have commenced in the position. It is a condition that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.


We can offer:

  • a good and professionally challenging working environment

  • salary at pay grade 50 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 8) in the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 436 900. Further promotions are made according to length of service in the position.

  • enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

  • a position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise)

  • 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 referees. One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • CV
  • transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees, or official confirmation that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • relevant certificates/references
  • a list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • any publications in your name


The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge.


General information

For further details about the position, please contact: 
Associate Professor Camille Li, Geophysical Institute, Unviersity of Bergen


Dr Erica Madonna, University of Bergen
Dr Stephen Outten, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre


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. It is also a goal to recruit people with immigrant backgrounds. 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.


Further information about the employment process can be found here.

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