Climate Scientist for Regional Climate Modelling of Polar Regions – Danish Meteorological Institute 

Are you interested in working with climate models and are you motivated by understanding climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic regions? Then this is a great opportunity to join DMI’s skilled team of climate researchers!

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) opens a permanent, full time position for a climate scientist to work on regional climate modelling with focus on the polar regions and the climate affecting the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Polar research is a focus area at DMI, and our work is carried out in close collaboration with national and international partners (e.g. through EU Horizon projects such as PROTECT and PolarRES). The position is in the Danish National Centre for Climate Research (NCKF) at DMI, where you will work in a department with a strong profile in both global and regional climate modelling, as well as remote sensing.

As our new colleague you will work with the HARMONIE-Climate regional climate model (HCLIM), designing and executing model experiments, as well as developing the model code in collaboration with colleagues at DMI and as part of the international consortium around HCLIM. You will work with analyses of the modelled climate, lead and contribute to scientific papers and to participate in developing new grant applications with the group and external collaborators. There will be flexibility in deciding the weight between working with the model itself, running and analyzing experiments, and you will also have the opportunity to take part in our non-polar climate activities such as modelling tasks focusing on the Danish or European climate.

Expected qualifications

  • A PhD degree in climate science, meteorology or related fields (e.g. physics or engineering)
  • Experience with climate modelling, preferably regional atmospheric modelling, numerical weather prediction or Earth system modelling
  • Advanced programming skills (Linux/Unix and scripting languages e.g. Python, Fortran, etc.), and experience with HPC systems
  • Research experience working with polar (Arctic and/or Antarctic) climate is an advantage
  • Good communication skills in oral and written English

About DMI and NCKF

The NCKF has recently been established with the purpose to conduct critical climate research for the Kingdom of Denmark (Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands) and bring together climate knowledge, to form the basis for green transition and climate adaptation. The activities include assessments of observed and future climate change of the physical climate system, with focus on the Arctic, Greenland and on extreme weather and sea level around Denmark. Across the department, polar research builds on both global and regional modelling as well as observations from remote sensing, in-situ measurements and field work.

The position is in the Danish National Centre for Climate Research (NCKF) at DMI, which employs approximately 50 climate scientists, including PhDs, junior and senior scientists. The companion Weather Research department employs another 40 researchers working with meteorology, oceanography and hydrology. We have a strong international profile, which is also reflected in the many nationalities employed and in a combined English and Danish working language.


Employment and salary will be according to the Danish Law and Agreements, at the scientist level, depending on previous experience. It will be possible to apply for an addition to the basic salary. Researchers who are recruited from abroad, and who are able to meet certain conditions, have the opportunity to work in Denmark for a period of 60 months under a special 26 % tax rate without deduction, instead of working under the regular income taxation.

DMI offers a flexible working week of 37 hours including a paid lunch break, and six weeks of paid vacation annually.

The area of employment will be the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Facilities and associated institutions. Your work place will be at DMI, Lyngbyvej 100, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark. Physical presence is expected, but ad-hoc work from home can be arranged. 
Starting date is from October 1st 2022, or as soon as possible thereafter.

For further details about the position, contact Head of unit, Rasmus Anker Pedersen (telephone: +45 20 46 79 38 or e-mail: or senior researcher Ruth Mottram (telephone: +45 39 15 74 88 or e-mail:

The DMI wants to contribute to equal opportunities for women and men, and encourage all qualified persons to apply regardless of age, gender or ethnic background.


Please send your application, including a cover letter with motivation for the application, a curriculum vitae (incl. publication list), relevant exam papers and diplomas, possible other relevant appendices and contacts for relevant professional references, so we have it in our system by August 7th, 2022.

To apply for the position, please use the link “Apply for Position”, and follow the instructions.

We expect to hold interviews in the days between the 10th and the 19th of August 2022.

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