Postdoctoral fellow in global carbon cycle modelling at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

At the Geophysical Institute there is a vacant position as postdoctoral fellow in global carbon cycle modelling, the place of work being at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR).

The postdoctoral position is a fixed-term post, the chief objective being to qualify the selected candidate for work in senior positions in their disciplines. The term of employment for this position is 2 years.

It is not possible for any person to work under more than one temporary appointment as postdoctoral fellow for the same institution. However, it is possible to apply for potential vacant researcher positions at the University of Bergen after the postdoctoral contract.

The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) is a joint climate research venture between the University of Bergen (UiB), the Institute of Marine Research (IMR), the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) and Unifob AS. The BCCR integrates observationalists and modellers in a concerted interdisciplinary research effort. The BCCR comprises the largest climate research group in Norway and has the status of national Center of Excellence.

A 2-year post-doctoral position in global carbon cycle climate modelling is available at the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR). The candidate will work with coupled Earth system models. Research will focus on the coupling between the carbon and nitrogen cycles as well as on ocean acidification due to rising CO2. Scenarios under given anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions will be carried out and analysed. Experience with numerical models of the climate system or its components is desirable. Good knowledge of the programming language FORTRAN and the operating system UNIX are required. The candidate will work in a lively research environment and should have good team working skills.

For further information about the position please contact Professor Christoph Heinze at the Geophysical institute, e-mail: / phone: +47 55589844.

Applicants must have achieved a Norwegian doctorate in oceanography, meteorology, geosciences, biology, physics, mathematics (or other relevant natural sciences) or equivalent education abroad, or have presented the dissertation for assessment by the closing date for applications. It is a prerequisite that the dissertation has been approved before appointment is granted.

Initial salaries at grade 57 (code 1352/pay framework 24.1) in the Civil Service pay grade table; currently NOK 435,700 gross p.a.; following ordinary meriting regulations (wage range 57–64). In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants a higher salary may be considered.

Women in particular are invited to apply. If, in the opinion of the evaluation committee, several applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, the rules on equal opportunities laid down in the Personnel Regulations for Academic Positions will be applied.

State employment shall reflect the multiplicity of the population at large to the highest possible degree. We have therefore adopted a personnel policy objective to ensure that we achieve a balanced age and sex composition and the recruitment of persons of various ethnic backgrounds. Persons of different ethnic backgrounds are therefore encouraged to apply for the position.

The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to scientific positions.

Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. The applicant will be notified if his/her request is not respected.

The successful applicant must comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at any time.

Application, including CV, list of publications, certified copies of diplomas and testimonials, as well as the names and contact information for 2 scientific referees should be sent via the link: Apply for this position.

Supplementary information such as selected reprints of scientific studies or other material (all in 3 copies/sorted in 3 identical bundles) may be sent by ordinary mail to Bjerknes Centre for Climate Resarch, Allegaten 55, 5007 Bergen, Norway, marked with 09/7767.

Closing date for applications: 28 August 2009

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