Researcher position in biogeochemical ocean modelling

University of Bergen Geophysical Institute

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.

There is a vacancy for a researcher position at the Geophysical Institute (Faculty of Mathematics and Natural sciences and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research at UiB) in the field of biogeochemical ocean modelling. The successful candidate will work on further developing the sediment module of the global biogeochemical ocean model HAMOCC as part of the Norwegian Earth system model NorESM. The results will be used for elucidating the role of past changes in circulation and matter cycling as a basis for more reliable projections of future climate.

The position is for a period of 2 years and is externally funded through the RCN project ORGANIC - Overturning circulation and its implications for global carbon cycle in coupled models. UiB has a long-term commitment to contribute to excellence in climate research within the Bjerknes Centre for Climate research. UiB offers a lively and supportive research environment for Earth system science.

About the project/work tasks:

The successful candidate will contribute to the following tasks:

  • Upgrades of the sediment module in the global biogeochemical ocean general circulation model HAMOCC (with respect to process parameterisations and numerical algorithms).
  • Analysis of model results for the present as well as for different time slices of the geologic past and model evaluation using observations. Publication of results in the peer-reviewed literature.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in oceanography, meteorology, geology, biology, physics, mathematics or another relevant before expiry of the application deadline.
  • Good programming skills in FORTRAN and the operating system UNIX are required.
  • Potential to work with complex numerical algorithms must be available.
  • Knowledge about marine cycles of carbon and nutrients is highly desirable.
  • Experience with Earth system models and biogeochemical ocean models will be an advantage.
  • Familiarity with paleo proxies and respective past climate reconstruction is considered a plus.
  • Adequate proficiency in both written and oral English for publishing results and communicating with other scientists is necessary.
  • Special requirements for the position are the ability to work in an interdisciplinary team and to take responsibility for own tasks.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.
  • Salary at pay grade 57 (Code 1109/Pay range 24, alternative 1) in the state salary scale. This currently amounts to an annual
  • salary of NOK 483 700 gross. Further increase in salary will depend on seniority.
  • 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 (1 page) statement of your research interests and how they pertain to the advertised position.
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons.
  • CV
  • Transcripts, diplomas and relevant certificates
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).
  • The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded at Jobbnorge (website is available in English and Norwegian). Applications sent by email to individuals will not be considered.

General information

Detailed information about the position can be obtained by contacting Professor Christoph Heinze (email:, phone: +47 55589844 and +47 975 57 119).

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. The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.

Application deadline and application procedure

Applications must be submitted no later than 16 November 2016.

Applications must be made only via the following link:
(The language on this website can be switched between English and Norwegian.)

Applications by email or letter will not be accepted.

posted: 26 October 2016     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.