Jobs: position available at Norwegian Meteorological Institute

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute in Tromsø has an immediate opening for a 2-year position, with a possibility for extension to a permanent position, as Researcher within the Ice Service.

The position is associated with the European Commission 7th Framework project “Ice, Climate, and Economics – Arctic Research on Change” (ICE-ARC) and the analysis of passive microwave satellite sea ice concentration datasets and optical satellite images. The successful applicant will be expected to work on other applied science and development for the Ice Service, as well as other projects. The Ice Service produces high resolution ice charts of the European and Weddell Sea sectors of the Arctic and Antarctic respectively. In addition it is also engaged in research projects for national and international funding agencies as well as commercial clients.


Work Areas:

  • Analysis of passive microwave satellite sea ice concentration datasets from various providers to determine variability of errors during the summer period. This should be done with cross-reference to optical satellite data from sensors including AVHRR and MODIS.
  • Development of geospatial data processing software including ice charting tools.
  • Research on national and international research projects.
  • Analysis of ice conditions for Ice Service customers.



The following qualifications are essential:

  • Education to postgraduate level (Masters) or higher in a geoscience discipline.
  • Experience with software development in Python.
  • Experience with application development using Geographic Information System (GIS) software libraries.
  • Research background utilising passive microwave satellite sensor (e.g. SMMR, SSM/I, AMSR-E or SSMIS) sea ice concentration datasets and optical satellite sensors (e.g. AVHRR and MODIS).
  • Experience with national and international collaboration on project work including writing papers, reports and proposals.
  • Ability to develop solutions to set goals.
  • Good teamwork skills.
  • Good skills in written and oral communication in English.

The following skills are desirable but candidates not fulfilling these requirements must demonstrate a willingness to engage in further training:

  • Experience working with Linux-based PC systems.
  • Good skills in written and oral communication in Norwegian. This is because although the project work will be conducted in English, the working language of the office is Norwegian.


Working Conditions:

  • Good working environment
  • Scientific challenges in a modern, technological environment
  • Salary on the governmental salary scales dependent on qualifications and experience
  • Membership in the National Pension Fund (2% deducted from gross salary)
  • 6 months probation.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. It is an objective that the staff of the Norwegian Meteorological Institute must reflect the population in general, in terms of gender and cultural diversity. All appointments will be made on merit.


For further information about the position please contact the Regional Director, Helge Tangen (Tel: +47 77 62 13 00,  or the Leader of the Ice Service, Nick Hughes (Tel: +47 77 62 13 15,


Deadline: 24th February 2014


Applications must be submitted electronically: see under “Open positions” (


Please include a CV and names of two references, and if applicable, a list of relevant publications.

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