Postdoc Research Assistant, ice-sheet modeling - Bergen, Norway

A three-year postdoctoral research assistant (PDRA) position is available in the field of ice-sheet modeling at NORCE Climate and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Bergen, Norway.


Tentative starting date 1 February 2020.

NORCE Climate conducts basic and applied research on the past, present and future climate system (including ice sheets), on anthropogenic climate change and its impact on societies, and on the feasibility of climate change mitigation options. NORCE Climate is one of the four partners of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR), which is the largest climate research centre in the Scandinavian countries and among the leading centres in Europe.


The position is funded through the EU H2020 project TiPACCs (Tipping Points in Antarctic Climate Components). TiPACCs aims to better understand tipping points in the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic Ice Sheet. NORCE Climate coordinates this project, where the other partners are the University of Northumbria and BAS in the UK, PIK and AWI in Germany, and the University of Grenoble Alpes in France.

The research will focus on the impact of a warmer Southern Ocean on Antarctic Ice-Sheet stability, in particular on ice-sheet interactions during the Last Interglacial (about 125,000 years ago), when the Antarctic Ice Sheet was smaller than today, and the Southern Ocean was likely a few degrees warmer than today. The main task will be to assess if the Last Interglacial climate could have induced a rapid retreat of the Antarctic Ice Sheet.

This is an exciting, relevant and challenging area of science, and NORCE is looking for a highly motivated person to join the sea-level team at NORCE Climate.

Through TiPACCs, BCCR and NORCE, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with experts in the fields of polar (paleo)oceanography, ice sheet and climate modeling.


- Analyze and evaluate Last Interglacial climate model results against paleo-reconstructions
- Set-up, perform and analyze ice sheet model simulations using the Parallel Ice Sheet Model (PISM)
- Discuss and disseminate the results with (TiPACCs) colleagues and the general public
- Publish results in relevant peer reviewed journals


- A PhD within physics, mathematics, glaciology, oceanography, geology or related field is required.

Desired qualifications, skills and abilities

- A strong background in ice sheet and climate research, and knowledge of ice sheet dynamics in general
- Skills in handling, analysing, and visualizing climate model results, and in comparing these to (paleo)reconstructions
- Experience in running ice sheet models
- Experience with high level programming languages (e.g. FORTRAN, Matlab, R, Python)
- Ability to work across disciplines
- Good team working skills while being proactive
- Proficiency in both written and oral English.

On offer

- A good and professionally challenging working environment
- A competitive salary as Postdoc researcher at NORCE
- Excellent welfare benefits
- Opportunities for independent project development
- Possibility to influence your own work, work-time and choice of solutions.


Your application must include:
- A brief account (max. 1 page) of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
- The names and contact information of at least two references
- CV including a list of scientific publications
- Transcripts, diplomas and relevant certificates
- If a PhD has not yet been awarded: An official confirmation that the doctoral thesis has been submitted.

The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded by 25 November 2019.

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Further information

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