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 Fellow in regional climate
modeling and analysis

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position in regional climate modeling and analysis at the recently established SapienCE centre of excellence (CoE). The position is for a period of 3 years and is financed by The Research Council of Norway. The successful candidate will be employed at Department of Earth Science.

About the project/work tasks

We are seeking an outstanding and highly motivated climate scientist to participate in the transdisciplinary SapienCE CoE. The selected candidate will develop and conduct innovative regional climate modeling experiments, which will allow for a more robust understanding of local-regional scale climate conditions over Southern Africa ~100-50 ka. Furthermore, the fellow will, through collaborations with other researchers at the centre, help elucidate the crucial links between climate reconstructions, archaeological evidence and early human behaviour. Current archaeological evidence highlights 100-50 ka as being a watershed for human cognitive, technological and social developments in Africa. More research is needed to understand where, when and why early humans started to think and behave the way we do today. Improved understanding of the environmental conditions such as climate change under which these developments occurred is a critical piece in this puzzle.

SapienCE brings together leading researchers from the University of Bergen and local and international partners in the fields of archaeology, cognitive sciences, psychology, climate science, and more, under the directorship of Prof. Christopher Henshilwood. Together, they aim to answer some of the most fundamental questions surrounding what it means to be human. The climate reconstruction team formed by scientists from the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research is led by Prof. Eystein Jansen (former director of the Bjerknes Centre) and consists of leading paleoclimate scientists, global climate modelers and regional climate specialists. The position will be under the supervision of Dr. Stefan Sobolowski who leads the regional modeling activity in the centre.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must either hold a Norwegian PhD or the equivalent in atmospheric sciences, meteorology or a climate science related field, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Ability to work comfortably in the Unix/Linux environment and experience with statistical analysis of climate data, basic shell scripting, Matlab/python or similar analysis software is a requirement.
  • Experience with regional climate modelling and analysis is required.
  • Experience with the WRF modelling system will be considered an advantage.
  • Experience with large-scale climate dynamics, the general circulation of the atmosphere and global climate modeling is advantage.
  • Paleoclimate experience is considered an advantage.
  • In addition, it is an advantage to have experience with land-atmosphere interactions, and land-use/land cover change experiments.
  • The applicant must have the ability to work independently and be willing to cooperate with others in the project team. It is especially advantageous to have had experience in highly interdisciplinary projects.
  • High degree of proficiency in both written and oral English.
  • Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

About the position of postdoctoral research fellow

The duration of the postdoctoral research position is fixed at 3 years, with the primary objective of qualifying the appointee for work in top academic positions. If the appointee lack teaching experience, the employment period may be increased to up to 3 years and 3 months, where the department funds the 3 extra months. Teaching and other duties in the department 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.

For postdoctoral research fellow positions associated with externally financed projects, the completion of the project proposal for the qualifying work, as well as a progress plan, will be developed in cooperation with the supervisor and head of department.

It is required that the project is completed in the course of the period of employment.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 57 (code 1352/pay range 24, alternative 1) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual gross salary of NOK 490 500,-. 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 cover letter addressing how the applicant meets the qualification criteria.
  • A brief statement (1 page) 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 program.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral 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

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting: Research Professor Stefan Sobolowski, Uni Research Climate & the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research ( or +47 55 58 38 25), or Prof. Eystein Jansen, Dep. of Earth Science & the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research ( or +47 906 18 858)

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.

We encourage women to apply. If multiple applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules pertaining to moderate gender quotas shall apply.

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.

posted: 06 March 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.