Researcher Position in Dynamical Oceanography

Oslo, Norway
15 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job description

A 2.5-year part-time (45%) position as researcher is open at the MetOs section of the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo. The position is tied to the KeyClim project funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Preferred starting date 01.02.2020.

In KeyClim the Norwegian Earth System Model NorESM is being improved and used for studies of climate scenarios with an emphasis on high-latitude regions.

The work of this project will focus on the improvement of NorESM’s parametrization of mesoscale eddy transport in the ocean with particular focus on effects of bottom topography and sea ice, both elements that are presently unaccounted for in NorESM as well as other global models.

The researcher will collaborate with a team of project scientists stationed both in Oslo (Univ. of Oslo, Met Norway) and Bergen (Univ. of Bergen, NORCE) and will approach the topic with a combination of theoretical analysis, idealized modeling and implementation an testing in NorESM. About 5% of the work will also be tied to paleo-oceanographic modeling with UiO’s Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED).

Qualification requirements

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences has a strategic ambition of being a leading research faculty. Candidates will be selected in accordance with this, and are expected to be in the upper segment of their class with respect to academic credentials.

The following formal qualifications are required:

  • Applicants must hold a degree equivalent to a Norwegian doctoral degree in dynamical meteorology or oceanography. Doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Only applicants with an approved doctoral thesis and public defense are eligible for appointment.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English.

The following qualifications will also count in the assessment of the applicants:

  • A keen interest in geophysical fluid dynamics and, in particular, the dynamics of mesoscale eddies and eddy transport.
  • Prior experience with numerical ocean models and preferably also coupled climate models.
  • The ability and interest in working both independently and within a diverse research group.

We offer

  • salary NOK 573 100 -627 700 per annum depending on qualifications in position as Researcher (position code 1109)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • vibrant international academic environment
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities

How to apply

The application must include

  • Application letter including a statement of research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work, and other qualifying activity)
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records
  • A complete list of publications and up to 5 academic works that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).

Interviews with the best qualified candidates will be arranged.

Formal regulations

According to the Norwegian Freedom andInformation Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Contact information

Pål Erik Isachsen, phone: +47 228 55805,e-mail:

For technical questions regarding the recruitment system, please contact HR adviser Torunn Standal Guttormsen, email:, tel: +47 22854 272

About the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest rated institution of research and education with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The geosciences are the studies of planet Earth; the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and cryosphere, the earth's surface and it’s interior. The Department of Geosciences is Norway’s widest ranging academic geoscience research environment, encompassing four sections (Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes) and one Centre of Excellence (Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics).

In addition we participate in other centres and hold several ERC grants. The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical staff and administrative personnel, to a total number of 240.

Employer: University of Oslo
Municipality: Oslo
Scope: Part time
Duration: Engagement