Scientist for Ocean and Sea Ice Modelling of Greenland waters – Danish Meteorological Institute

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) performs operational ocean and sea-ice modelling for the North Atlantic, Greenland and Arctic waters as part of our servicing of the Greenland society and arctic marine end-users. We will in the following years expand this activity to include seasonal forecasts and new tailored climate services, within the framework of the ERA4CS SalienSeas project ( As part of this effort a new fulltime position will be established at the DMI. The position is temporary and runs for two years.

As our new colleague you will focus on the development and verification of sub-seasonal-to-seasonal ocean and sea ice forecasts of Greenland and Arctic waters. In our operational production, we use the HYCOM ocean model coupled to the CICE sea ice model. You will be expected to contribute to the implementation of an improved treatment of land-fast ice in the operational model system in close cooperation with the Remote Sensing, Ocean and Climate Modelling groups.
You have a scientific interest in sea ice dynamics, the interactions between ice bergs and sea ice as well as methods for assessment and verification of forecast skill.
The position will be connected to the ERA4CS SalienSeas project with partners from leading Nordic institutes. The SalienSeas project consortium of natural and social scientists actively works with a number of arctic marine stakeholders in the co-development of targeted met-ocean services.
Expected Qualifications 
  • We envision that you hold an academic degree in oceanography, meteorology, sea-ice physics, climate or computational sciences.
  • Experience with HYCOM, CICE or regional ocean and sea-ice modelling will be considered an advantage.
  • Programming experience in FORTRAN, parallel computing/optimizations and execution of large codes on HPC systems in a Linux/Unix environment.
  • Good communication skills in oral and written English are essential. Knowledge of the Danish language will be considered an advantage, but not essential.
The Research Department at the DMI employs a staff of approx. 60 scientists, of which approx. 10 work directly with Arctic Ocean and sea-ice modelling or remote sensing of ocean and sea-ice properties around Greenland. These groups work in close collaboration with meteorologists and staff from the Greenland Ice Service. We have a strong international profile, which is also reflected in the many nationalities employed, our strong involvement in international coordinated research projects and in an English working language.
The DMI contributes to equal opportunities, and encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of age, gender or ethnic background.
Practical information
Employment and salary: Will be according to the Danish Law and Agreements. It will be possible to negotiate an addition to the basic salary. The position is currently a temporary full-time employment for two years from the starting date
Employment area: The Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate and associated institutions
Working time: 37 hours weekly including a lunch break
Further information: For further details about the position please contact Senior Consultant Steffen M. Olsen; telephone +45 39157217 or by e-mail or, Head of Group; Peter Langen, telephone +45 3915 7402 or by e-mail
Employment date: Can be negotiated, preferably 1st August 2018
Workplace: DMI, Lyngbyvej 100, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Deadline: Monday 4th June 2018 at hrs.23.59 CET
Interview: We expect to hold interviews the 15th June and 21st June 2018
Application: Please enclose a cover letter, a curriculum vitae (incl. publication list) and contacts for relevant professional references. To apply for the position, click on the link “Apply for position” and follow the instructions.

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