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Job advertisement Climate Scientist for Earth System Modelling

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Climate Scientist for Earth System Modelling

Climate Scientist for Earth System Modelling

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Danish Meteorological Institute


Copenhagen, Denmark


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Ocean Sciences (OS)

Full time

Entry level

Employment and salary will be according to the Danish Law and Agreements, at the scientist level, depending on previous experience.

Preferred education

Application deadline
23 June 2021

3 June 2021

Job description

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) opens a 2-year full time position for a Climate Scientist to work with Earth system modelling as part of the newly established Danish National Centre for Climate Research (NCKF) hosted by DMI.

The work on the Earth system modelling at NCKF focus on both development and application of the global Earth system model EC-Earth. EC-Earth is applied for research on understanding of climate variability, improved decadal climate predictions and production of long term climate projections. You will be part of the climate research group at DMI with a strong profile in global and regional climate modelling, ocean, atmospheric and cryosphere climate research.

Main working tasks

You will contribute to the scientific and technical development and applications of the EC-Earth global climate model. The tasks include:

  • to contribute to the development of the high-resolution fully coupled EC-Earth model, which is able to robustly simulate key climate processes, climate state and variability
  • to perform and analyze model experiments, designed together with colleagues, in order to address open research questions
  • to identify processes leading to model biases in the system and work toward reducing these model biases for productions of more reliable climate predictions and projections
  • to support other model development activities at DMI aiming at having better descriptions of the interaction between different components in the climate system: atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and land

The development work will be done in close collaboration with colleagues at DMI and the international EC-Earth consortium. You will be encouraged to contribute to scientific papers and to participate in developing new grant applications with the group.

Expected qualifications

  • A PhD degree in meteorology, oceanography or related fields (e.g. physics or engineering)
  • Experience with climate modelling, preferably GCM or Earth system modelling
  • Advanced programming skills (e.g. Fortran, Linux/Unix and Python scripting), and experience with HPC systems
  • Research experience with polar or North Atlantic climate system processes is an advantage
  • Good communication skills in oral and written English

About DMI and NCKF

The NCKF has recently been established with the purpose to conduct critical climate research for the Kingdom of Denmark (Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands) and bring together climate knowledge, to form the basis for green transition and climate adaptation. The activities include assessments of observed and future climate change of the physical climate system, with focus on the Arctic, Greenland and on extreme weather and sea level around Denmark.

DMI is a member of (and currently chairing) the international EC-Earth consortium, which has more than 30 member institutes from 12 countries across Europe. The work with the model is the basis for DMI’s climate research in many contexts, e.g. national and international research projects (H2020 Blue-Action and EUCP are current examples). DMI has contributed to CMIP6 and are at the forefront in coupling of ice sheet components into the Earth system models.

The position is in the Research Department at DMI, which employs a staff of approx. 70 scientists, including PhD’s, junior and senior scientists, of which about 20 work directly with climate, in close collaboration with meteorologists, oceanographers and remote sensing experts. We have a strong international profile, which is also reflected in the many nationalities employed and in a combined English and Danish working language.

How to apply

Please send your application, including a cover letter with motivation for the application, a curriculum vitae (incl. short publication list of max 2 pages), relevant exam papers and diplomas, possible other relevant appendices and contacts for relevant professional references, so we have it in our system by June 23rd 2021.

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