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Job advertisement Climate Scientist for Arctic and North Atlantic Climate Dynamics and Predictions

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Climate Scientist for Arctic and North Atlantic Climate Dynamics and Predictions

Climate Scientist for Arctic and North Atlantic Climate Dynamics and Predictions

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Danish Meteorological Institute


Copenhagen, Denmark


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Cryospheric Sciences (CR)
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 on climate dynamics and predictions focusing on the Arctic and North Atlantic regions. The position is part of the newly established Danish National Centre for Climate Research (NCKF) hosted by DMI.

Part of the research in NCKF focuses on improved understanding of climate dynamics and variability that might lead to improved climate predictions for the coming years and decades. 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 building an improved understanding of the Arctic and North Atlantic climate variability, its predictability on interannual to decadal time scales and the possible risk of abrupt changes.

Relevant research topics to be prioritized include ocean-atmosphere interaction, North Atlantic circulation (AMOC), atmospheric teleconnections between the Arctic and lower latitudes or oceanic drivers of Arctic change.

The work will build on model and climate data archives such as CMIP6 but also integrate results from new dedicated experiments using the EC-Earth Earth system model. This could include improved, initialized decadal prediction or pacemaker experiments. Such simulations, their design and analyses, will be carried out together with colleagues at DMI and international research collaborators.

You will be expected to apply advanced statistical methods for analyzing large ensemble simulations and/or to develop novel concepts for reducing model uncertainty in initialized predictions.

You are expected to lead and contribute to scientific papers and to participate in developing new grant applications with the group.

Expected qualifications

  • A PhD degree in oceanography, meteorology, climate sciences or related fields (e.g. physics or engineering)
  • Experience with modelling, preferably ocean, climate or Earth system modelling
  • Advanced programming skills (e.g. Fortran, Linux/Unix and Python scripting), and experience with HPC systems
  • Research experience in Arctic and/or North Atlantic climate dynamics and modelling 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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