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Postdoctoral Research Fellow on “Circulation variability and its’ impact on ecosystem changes”
NORCE | Bergen, Norway | Deadline: 29 Feb 2020


NORCE is a new and forward-looking research institute, with expertise in a wide range of fields and strong communities of knowledge. We deliver research and innovation in energy, health care,climate, the environment, society and technology.

Our solutions address key challenges for society and contribute to value creation on the local, national and global levels.

About NORCE Climate

NORCE Climate conducts basic and applied research on the past, present and future climate system. 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.

About this position:

We seek a postdoctoral researcher to undertake research on “Circulation variability and its’ impact on ecosystem changes” at NORCE Norwegian Research Center, a partner in the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, in Bergen, Norway.

We invite applications from motivated, curiosity driven scientists to this exciting job-opportunity in the field of observational physical oceanography. The aim of this post is to characterize and understand the relationship between large scale circulation variability and properties that are relevant to South Atlantic tuna fisheries. This will require understanding the variability of the temperature and salinity structure in the South Atlantic with a particular focus on changes that we expect to be associated with the changing climate, such as Agulhas Leakage strength and ocean stratification.  The successful candidate will:

  • Characterize the structure and drivers of South Atlantic interannual to decadal regional property variability based on observations.
  • Collaborate with the international group contributing to making large scale physical observations of the overturning circulation in the South Atlantic (through the SAMBA project) and identify components of circulation variability that are relevant to regional property changes.
  • Collaborate with modellers and fisheries scientists within the larger project to explore the impact of regional property changes on ecosystems variability and the reproduction of these relationships in models.

You will also be given the opportunity to engage in coordination and leadership activities.

The position is available for 3 years open immediately. It is funded through the EU H2020 project TRIATLAS (South and Tropical Atlantic Climate-Based Marine Ecosystem Prediction for Sustainable Management). The project includes 33 partners from 13 countries.  

You will be based in the Climate department in NORCE that conducts basic and applied research on the climate system, on anthropogenic climate change and its impact on societies, and on the feasibility of climate change mitigation options. NORCE is one of the four partners of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, which is the largest climate research centre in the Scandinavian countries and among the leading centres in Europe.

Your work tasks:

  • Collate and analyse available observations in the subtropical South Atlantic
  • Discuss and disseminate results within TRIATLAS and the broader community
  • Publish results in high level peer reviewed journals

Your education:

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

Desired Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • A strong understanding of the oceans role in the climate system
  • Experience with quality control and analysis of observations  
  • Skills in handling, analysing, and visualizing data sets
  • 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

We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment
  • A competitive salary
  • Excellent welfare benefits

Your application must include:

  • A brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position.
  • The names and contact information of 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 at our recruitment portal Jobbnorge

General information:

If you have any questions about the position, please contact: Elaine McDonagh ( Questions about the application process can be directed to HR Adviser Bente Heggdal Martinsen (