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The Nansen Centre has a vacant 100% temporary position as ocean modeler/oceanographer for a duration of two years, with possibility for permanent employment.

The position is linked to several ongoing research projects focusing on operational oceanography and research applied to the North Atlantic and Arctic. The scientist is expected to conduct original, independent and collaborative research toward the development of HYCOM in connection to the sea ice and ecosystem modeling activities at NERSC and will work in close collaboration with experts in ecosystem modeling, sea ice modeling and data assimilation. Together, the team has developed the TOPAZ system, the official Arctic component of the Copernicus Marine Services, and has established a leading European position for operational ocean forecasting in the Arctic and Nordic Seas. The TOPAZ system is built around the HYCOM ocean model, which has been used at NERSC for more than 15years and constitutes the core of our ocean modeling and data assimilation activities. The model system is shared with the international Nansen Centers in P.R. China and South Africa, who maintain regional configurations, running both with and without data assimilation.

The work will be carried within the Ocean modelling research group at the centre, and in particular for operational applications in collaboration with the Data assimilation research group.


  • Carry out model developments to improve the operational service in the Arctic.
  • Validation/evaluation of new model developments related to resolution, tides and forcing.
  • Application of ocean models towards research on the North Atlantic/and the Arctic within ongoing projects.


  • Ph.D. or equivalent in oceanography, applied mathematics, engineering, computer science, earth system science, or a related physical science.
  • Research experience in a relevant field and a good publication record in refereed journals.
  • Experience with development and/or use of ocean models, and their evaluation using observations.
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas will strengthen the application:
    • Ocean-ice-atmosphere coupling processes in the Arctic Ocean.
    • Oceanography of the North Atlantic and Arctic.
    • Experience with HYCOM or general vertical coordinate ocean models.
    • Experience with couplers such as OASIS or coupling frameworks such as ESMF or MCT.
    • Experience with C++
    • Experience in scientific software and tools, such as MATLAB or R.
    • Experience with proposal writing and project-based work.


  • Collaborative skills and good written and oral communication skills.
  • Good programming skills in Fortran and Python and experience with version control systems, such as GIT and SVN.
  • Be structured and keen to learn new things
  • Ability to working in a team, as well as individually.

We offer

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

About us

The Nansen Centre is an independent non-profit research foundation conducting 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 28 nations.

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.

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Applicants might be evaluated and contacted before the application deadline.

Submission deadline: 8. June 2019.

Start: 1. August 2019 (or as soon as possible after that)