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Permanent research position in oceanography with focus on climate change.
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute | Norrköping or Gothenburg, Sweden | Deadline: 1 Sept 2019

Would you like to participate in increasing the knowledge about the influence of climate change on the marine environment? The oceanographic unit at SMHIs research department is now strengthening the group working on ocean and climate related questions in order to meet the society’s need of knowledge. SMHI offers a stimulating working environment with ample internal and external interactions and flexible working conditions.

The oceanographic unit at SMHIs research department conducts research and development on the marine environment, marine climate, and operational oceanography. They work with analyses and development of models and observations in the open sea and the coastal zone with main focus on the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Arctic. Today 16 researchers are employed at the unit which is a part of the research department (about 100 employees). The research is mainly based on external funding, and the oceanography unit has succeeded in attracting funding at national and European levels.

You will work with research on the effects of climate change on the ocean and the marine ecosystems, with main focus on the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and the Arctic. Depending on the applicants, there may be different position possibilities. Either a younger researcher with specialization within oceanography and marine climate research, or an established researcher that can help to lead a group and research forward within this area.

The research and development work will include modeling and qualified analyses of climate projections from coupled physical-biogeochemical ocean models and coupled atmosphere-ocean models. This means that the work comprises tasks such as model development, model validation, process and climate effect studies, and analyses of model output and observation data. A more qualified applicant will also contribute to the strategic development of the unit, supervise younger researchers, apply for funding, and maintain and develop the collaboration networks inside and outside SMHI.

The work will mainly be performed within various national and international research projects, which means participation in all project phases from proposal to reporting.

SMHI offers you a permanent position with placement in Norrköping or Gothenburg.


Your profile

You have a PhD in oceanography or a related discipline and good theoretical knowledge about ocean physics, and preferably also about ocean climate and ocean biogeochemistry. You have documented experience on:

  • research within the areas of expertise of the oceanographic unit,
  • scientific publications and oral presentations at international conferences,
  • programming (Fortran is preferred, but other programming languages are also valuable), and
  • work with analysis and statistical programming with MatLab, Python, R or similar tools.

Preferably you have a large research network and experience in:

  • development, validation, and usage of numerical models on climate time scales,
  • work with regional high resolution ocean models to downscale global climate scenarios according to international protocols,
  • work in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, and/or the Arctic Ocean.
  • attracting external funding, preferably even for larger international projects,
  • interaction with stakeholders,
  • supervision of students and younger researchers,
  • academic commissions, and
  • project management.

As a person, you are structured, and plan, organize, and prioritize you work in an efficient manner to meet deadlines. You are able to work in a team as well as independently. You are highly motivated to work with research, data analysis, model development, and problem solving. You also have a large interest in natural sciences and especially in ocean and climate related questions.

A good knowledge of English in both speech and writing is required. Knowledge of Swedish is beneficial, and if absent, an effort to learn is expected.


Your application

For more information, please contact Lars Arneborg, head of the oceanography unit or Elin Ring, Human Resources. Union representatives are for SACO Lennart Robertson, and for ST Anders Höglund. All can be reached at +46 11 495 80 00 or by e-mail,

Please mark your application marked with reference number 1379, but not later than 1 September 2019.

SMHI is an expert authority with a global outlook and a vital mission to forecast changes in weather, water and climate. With a scientific foundation, they use knowledge, research and services to contribute to a more sustainable society. Every hour of every day, all year round.


Contact person

Lars Arneborg

Head of Unit

011-495 80 00


Elin Ring

Human Resources

011-495 80 00


Lennart Robertson


011-495 80 00


Anders Höglund


011 495 80 00


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