Temporary position as postdoc/researcher within sea ice modelling

About us

The Nansen Center is an independent non-profit research foundation located in Bergen, Norway. We conduct multidisciplinary research with a focus on the marine environment, cryosphere and atmosphere, where scientific activities are closely integrated with innovation and service development.The Arctic is one of our main areas of attention.

NERSC takes an active part in training and capacity building for students and young scientists, as well as dissemination to stakeholders in public and private sector and society in general. We have an international workplace with some 70 employees from 24 nations.


The vacant position 

The Nansen Center has a vacant full time, temporary position as postdoc or researcher, depending on the applicant’s qualifications and ambitions. The duration of the position is two years, with a possibility of extension depending on future funding.

The position is linked to ongoing and upcoming nationally funded research projects focusing on ice–atmosphere interaction in the Arctic. These rely on running and analysing results from the neXtSIM sea-ice model, developed at the Nansen Center, as well as an atmospheric boundary layer component that will be added to that model.

The candidate is expected to run the model, analyse results, and propose and set up new experiments with the model system as necessary. NeXtSIM is a relatively new sea-ice model under development at NERSC. It is unique in terms of both physics and numerics and has been shown to give outstanding results in simulating Arctic sea-ice deformation.

The main scientific tasks will be the study of the response of sea ice to cyclones entering the Arctic, the resulting feedback between ice and atmosphere, with a focus on the feedbacks between the ice surface and atmospheric boundary layer.

The work will be carried out within the Sea Ice Modelling and Climate Dynamics and Prediction research groups at the center (https://www.nersc.no/group/sea-ice-modelling and https://www.nersc.no/group/climate-dynamics-and-prediction), and in collaboration with researchers at the University in Bergen, IGE in Grenoble (France), Environment and Climate Change Canada, and University of Reading (UK).



  • Completion of scientific tasks set out in the relevant project proposals
  • Presentation of scientific results in journal articles and conferences
  • Participation in writing new proposals, should the occasion rise



  • PhD in atmospheric dynamics, climate science, or related disciplines
  • Experience with analysing ice, atmosphere and ocean model outputs
  • Experience running and working with ice and atmosphere models


Skills and personal qualities

  • Be structured and keen to learn new things
  • Enjoy working in a team, as well as individually
  • Good communication skills in English, both written and oral


We can offer

  • Interesting and challenging tasks
  • A professional, international, and social work environment
  • Good pension schemes
  • Flexible working hours agreement
  • Salary according to qualifications


For further information about the position, please contact Research Leader Einar Olason (einar.olason@nersc.no).


How to apply

Please send your application letter by email including CV, and contact information of minimum 2 references. Please also include copies of diplomas.


The e-mail should be sent with subject "Application for sea-ice researcher position" to job@nersc.no, with copy to einar.olason@nersc.no.


Applicants may be evaluated and contacted before the application deadline.


Submission deadline: 30th March 2020.                                            

Starting date: 1st June, or as soon as possible thereafter.


Stiftelsen Nansen Senter for Miljø og Fjernmåling

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
Thormøhlens gate 47, NO-5006 Bergen, Norway
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