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23.9.2011

RESEARCH-SCIENTIST - statistical downscaling

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute (www.met.no, www.yr.no) provides the public weather service for civilian and military purposes in Norway. Weather forecasting, national observations of weather and climate and outreach are the main tasks of the institute, and R&D an important support activity.

RESEARCH-SCIENTIST - statistical downscaling

The Research and Development Department (R&D) is responsible for developing and increasing the understanding of weather and ocean forecast, air pollution, climate and climate outlook. The Department participates in national and international cooperation, and has approximately 75 employees in five divisions: Division of Model and Climate Analyses, Division of Numerical Weather Prediction, Division of Ocean and Ice, Division for Climate Modelling and Air Pollution, and the Division for Operational Oceanography and Marine Meteorology.

A permanent position as a research scientist is available in the Division of Model and Climate Analyses. The division currently has 11 scientists working on the downscaling of global climate models, climate analysis, historical as well as future climate change, statistical verification and diagnosis of weather forecasting, and dissemination of climate information. We want to strengthen our expertise in local climate modelling, and seek a person with expertise in the following disciplines: (1) empirical - statistical methodology for the downscaling of projections from global climate models, (2) analysis and modelling of local climatological conditions, (3) statistical adaptation of results from regional or global climate models.

Specific job responsibilities:

• Develop methodology on empirical-statistical downscaling of results from global climate models (GCMs), especially for precipitation and wind.

• Downscaling if GCMs and uncertainty estimations.

• Analysis of historical climate change and downscaled climate projections from various global and regional climate models.

• Facilitate data provision from climate models for the study of local and regional climate changes.

• Dissemination of results.

• Participate in national and international research projects and activities.

Qualifications, skills and abilities required:

• PhD with degree within relevant areas of geosciences, statistics, physics or equivalent.

• Demonstrated high level of skill in statistical modelling and analysis.

• Demonstrated high level of knowledge of linear algebra.

• Good knowledge of climate variability and change, and of the processing of large 4-dimensional data (space and time).

• Demonstrated good knowledge in computing and programming, and experience with of the programming language R or equivalent.

• Good knowledge of physical climatology, climate models.

We look for a person who

• is systematic, responsible and have a problem solving approach.

• demonstrated capability in leading projects and in working successfully in a team environment

• good communication and human relations skills

• demonstrated skills in oral and written presentations in English

We offer:

• Professional challenges in a modern technological environment.

• Good opportunities for personal development.

• Flexible work hours.

• Salary as 1108/1109/1110/1183 researcher depending on qualifications.

• Membership in Statens Pensjonskasse (the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund).

• Pleasant working environment.

• 6-month probation.

We encourage women to apply for the position.

It is a political objective that the staff should reflect the composition of the population in general when it comes to cultural diversity.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Head of Division of Model and Climate Analyses Torill Engen Skaugen or research scientist Rasmus Benestad, tel. + 47 22 96 30 00.

Application deadline: 30th September 2011

Applications must be submitted electronically: Search or browse http://met.no under "Vacant positions".

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