postdoctoral position Norwegian Institute for Air Research

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION (2 YEARS)

In the framework of the new project “THE CHANGING ARCTIC CRYOSPHERE:
SNOW AND SEA ICE IMPACT ON PREDICTION AND CLIMATE OVER EUROPE AND
ASIA” (SNOWGLACE) funded by the Research Council of Norway, we offer a
two-year post-doc position.

The primary objective of SNOWGLACE is to improve our understanding of
the complex interconnections between the shrinking Arctic cryosphere and
the weather and climate in middle latitudes, with a special focus on
Europe and Asia. A secondary objective is to estimate quantitatively
actual predictability at the subseasonal-to-seasonal scale gained from
initialisation of forecast models with accurate snow and sea ice
conditions, thereby potentially improving long-range forecasting.

The successful candidate will contribute to the following tasks:

* Assessment of the role of snow on subseasonal-to-seasonal
forecasting with the newly developed Norwegian Climate Prediction System
(NorCPM), based on the Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM)
* Multi-model assessment of the impact of changes in the Arctic
cryosphere on the weather and climate of Europe and Asia

The successful applicant is expected to have a PhD degree with a strong
background in atmospheric or climate modelling, and meteorological data
analysis. It is required that the candidate is proficient in computer
programming, and experienced in running climate or global forecast
models.

SNOWGLACE is also a new science initiative from the World Meteorological
Organisation Working Group on Seasonal-to-Interannual prediction
(WGSIP). In that context, it is at the forefront of atmospheric
research. The project will be carried out in cooperation with the Nansen
Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre (NERSC), the Bjerknes Centre for
Climate Research (BCCR) in Bergen, as well as several institutes in Asia
(Japan, China, South Korea).

Our main office is located at Kjeller, just outside Oslo. Details about
NILU can be found at www.nilu.no [1]. Informal enquiries about the
available position can be directed to Senior Scientist and SNOWGLACE
project leader Dr. Yvan Orsolini (orsolini).
[https://www.researchgate.net/profile/YJ_Orsolini/publications]

APPLICATION, CV, SCANNED COPIES OF CERTIFICATES AND DEGREES (INCLUDE ALL
HIGHER EDUCATION/UNIVERSITY LEVEL) AND THREE RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
SHOULD BE SENT AS ONE COMPLETE PDF-FILE TO NILU (NILU ). NILU
WILL PERFORM A BACKGROUND CHECK DURING ITS RECRUITING PROCESS. THE
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 1 MARCH 2016. REFER TO “SNOWGLACE” IN
APPLICATION.