PhD position in ice sheet modelling

About the position

We have a full-time PhD position available in the field of ice sheet modelling at the Climate and Environment Department of NORCE Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE) in Bergen, Norway. The position is for a fixed-term period of 3 years at NORCE, and you will be enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of Earth Science at the University of Bergen (UiB). The position is available within the research project "Greenland ice sheet evolution and stability - GREASE" funded by the Research Council of Norway. We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to strengthen our research group at NORCE, working at the forefront of ice sheet modelling. The topic of this doctoral research will be focusing on projections of Greenland ice sheet evolution and its contribution to future sea-level rise. The position is scheduled to start 1 April 2022.

About NORCE Climate and Environment department

The position will be placed within the NORCE Climate and Environment department. The department has approximately 160 researchers. Half of the department is working on environmental research and biotechnology. The other half is dedicated to climate studies conducting both basic and applied research on the past, present and future climate system, on anthropogenic climate change and its impact on societies, and on the feasibility of climate change mitigation options. In particular, the climate part of the department is also a partner in Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) has leading expertise within climate understanding, climate modelling, predictions and scenarios for climate changes and quantification of climate changes. BCCR is the largest climate research centre in the Nordic countries and among the leading centres in Europe. The working environment is highly international with around 200 scientists from 37 countries.

About the project/work tasks

The project aims to determine upper bounds for rates of sea-level contribution from the Greenland ice sheet until 2150 and to constrain climate change trajectories that lead to a stabilisation of the Greenland ice sheet until 2500. The project outcomes will inform user's strategies in adaptation to sea-level change and the evaluation of global mitigation targets. We are using a combination of numerical modelling tools including the standalone Community Ice Sheet Model (CISM) and the coupled Earth System Model NorESM2. Your main role will be to design, perform, develop and analyse ice sheet and Earth system model simulations under various future forcing scenarios. A research stay with international partners is foreseen.

About the research training

As a PhD Research Fellow, you must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. The deadline for applying for admission to the PhD programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences is 2 months after you start your research project that will lead to the PhD degree. It is a necessary that you satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen. (

Your profile, qualifications and skills


Applicants must hold a MSc degree or equivalent education in glaciology, physics, applied mathematics, meteorology or neighboring fields. In case your MSc degree has not been awarded, you must have submitted your master's thesis for assessment prior to the application deadline. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree has been awarded.

Qualifications and personal skills

The work tasks involve advanced scientific programming and previous experience in FORTRAN, Python, Matlab or similar is therefore a requirement. Prior experience with running/analysing ice sheet or climate model output is an advantage. Applicants must be able to work independently and in a well-structured manner. Applicants must have an open mind to work across disciplines and demonstrate good cooperative skills. Proficiency in both written and oral English is required. Experience with science communication and outreach activities is valued.

We offer

  • a unique opportunity to join a growing research group working on ice sheets and sea-level science.
  • a stimulating and professionally challenging working environment in a research field addressing on of the pressing issues of our times.
  • involvement in the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, with around 200 scientists from 37 countries, one of the leading climate research centres in Europe.
  • enrolment in the research school CHESS for PhD-students studying all aspects of climate.
  • salary in accordance with the Civil Service pay grade table scale for PhD students.
  • good welfare benefits.

How to apply

Your application must include:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter outlining your motivation for applying for this position (max. 1 page)
  • A summary/abstract of your MSc thesis (max. 1 page)
  • The names and contact information of at least two references.
  • One of these should be the main advisor for the master's thesis or equivalent thesis
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • If you have not yet completed your master's degree, please submit a statement from your institution confirming that the master's thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at our recruitment portal


Contact information

The supervisory team for this PhD position will be Dr Heiko Goelzer (NORCE), Dr. Petra Langebroek (NORCE) and Prof. Andreas Born (University of Bergen). If you have any questions about the position, please contact: Dr. Heiko Goelzer ( or Dr. Petra Langebroek ( Questions about the application process can be directed to Senior HR Adviser Monika Voit ( For more information about NORCE and BCCR, please refer to and


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posted: 29 October 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.