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.

Researcher in marine biogeochemistry

There is a vacancy for a position as Researcher in marine biogeochemical Earth system model evaluation at the Geophysical Institute and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. The position is for a period of 24 months and is associated with the projects LOES (Bjerknes Centre strategic project), EU H2020 CRESCENDO, and EU H2020 COMFORT (under contract negotiations).

About the project/work tasks:

The candidate will analyse and evaluate results from the global Norwegian Earth system model NorESM and other global coupled Earth system models. The tasks include:

  • Evaluating ocean biogeochemical results of model runs under historical, present, and future forcing with respect to observations and other models, placing special emphasis on (a) the Exclusive Economic Zone and (b) the World Ocean. (How well are the models working with respect to the real world?)
  • Assessment of climate change impacts on marine ecosystems and ecosystem services using different indices. (What will the damage due to climate change be under different forcing scenarios?)
  • Detection of abrupt changes/tipping points in ocean biogeochemical and physical state under anthropogenic forcing, with particular consideration of warming, carbon fluxes, pH value, nutrients, and oxygen cycling. (Where are the hot spots of potentially fast changes?)
  • Ideally: Providing an assessment tool that combines all the aspects as mentioned above.

Qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Applicants must hold a Norwegian PhD or an equivalent degree within oceanography, meteorology, physics, mathematics, biology, geology, or related fields, or must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis for assessment prior to the applications deadline. It is a condition of employment that the PhD has been awarded.
  • Candidates must have a strong background in marine biogeochemistry and climate modelling and should have good knowledge of Earth system dynamics in general.
  • Excellent skills in handling huge complex model data sets in combination with advanced computational analysis methods are key.
  • High level scientific programming skills and experience in use of high performance computers are requirements.
  • Ability to work across disciplines is mandatory.
  • Knowledge of risk analysis frameworks and/or climate change impact metrics will be an advantage.
  • Experience with running ocean biogeochemical models and Earth system models would be beneficial.
  • Proficiency in both written and oral English is necessary.
  • The candidate will work in a lively research environment and should have good team working skills while being proactive.

Personal and relational qualities will be emphasized. Research experience, ambitions and potential will also count when evaluating the candidates.

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • Salary at pay grade 59 (code 1109 / pay range 24, alternative 3) according to the state salary scale upon appointment. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 515 200. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. Further promotions are made according to length of service.
  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund A position in an inclusive workplace (IW)
  • 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 from the PhD programme.
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas and official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • List of any works of a scientific nature (publication list)
  • Publications (as applicable)
  • 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: Professor Christoph Heinze, Geophysical Institute, e-mail:, telephone: +47 55589844.

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. 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.

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posted: 06 March 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.