PhD position - Road dust emission and road weather modelling
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Jobbnorge ID : 187971

About the position

The Norwegian Meteorological Institute has a three year PhD-position vacant in the development and application of road dust emission and road weather modelling.

The new position will be a part of the Division for Climate Modelling and Air Pollution within the Research and Development Department.

Nationally and internationally, the division is among the leading groups for Climate Modelling and Air Pollution. An important focus area for the division, and of the institute, is on implementing research results into services that are relevant to our collaboration partners and to the society.

The main aim of this PhD project is to further develop and apply the existing NORTRIP road dust emission model. This model is currently used for road dust emission calculations in the Norwegian air quality forecasting system as well as a range of applications in Norway and other Nordic countries.

The PhD position is linked to the NORDUST II project, a cooperative project between Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

This project will provide new insights into road dust and road weather processes and one of the main aims of the candidate is to further implement the findings from the project into the model parameterisation.

The candidate will be officially posted to the University of Oslo but will be supervised and employed by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway).

Main tasks

  • Development and implementation of model process parameterisations based on both existing and newly obtained measurement data
  • Development of improved schemes for road surface moisture modelling including road surface energy balance and the impact of road salting and dust binding chemicals
  • Development and assessment of a new multi-track version of the NORTRIP model
  • Development and implementation of parameterisations suitable for use in road tunnels
  • Analysis of modelled and observed road dust emissions and concentrations in the Nordic countries
  • Analysis of modelled and observed road surface temperatures and surface moisture
  • Computer skills are highly relevant, both for model development (currently Fortran), for assessing high volumes of data and plotting of informative graphs.

    In addition insight into physical and chemical processes is a requirement.

    In collaboration with supervisors, the successful candidate is expected to prepare a work and research plan for the PhD scholarship period within the first few months of the appointment.

    Preferred qualifications

    The successful applicant must have a MS degree in meteorology, geophysics, physics, mathematics, chemistry or computer science, which is preferably obtained within the last 5 years.

    The applicant should have documented experience in scientific programming and be familiar with working in High Performance Computing environments.

    It is an advantage if the new scientist is familiar with UNIX / LINUX, python, FORTRAN-90, version control, web services, handling of binary data formats, (e.

    g. grib, netcdf, hdf) and has experience with parallelization and optimization routines. Applicants must be proficient in English, both written and spoken.

    Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria :

  • The MSc degree grades
  • Competence in scientific programming
  • Experience in atmospheric or other relevant physical modelling
  • Dissemination skills
  • In addition, the candidate must have :

  • Good knowledge of the English language - both written and oral
  • Good communication skills, both related to research and presentations in general
  • Personal skills :

    Personal characteristics important for the position are :

  • Strong motivation
  • Creativity and ability to work result-oriented, accurately and structured.
  • Analytical ability, ability to work independently as well as the ability to be a good team player
  • Willingness to learn Norwegian
  • Conditions

  • 3-year PhD position
  • PhD Candidates at MET Norway are remunerated according to salary code 1017 on the Norwegian government salary scale; minimum salary step 54 (presently NOK 479,600).
  • membership in the governmental pension scheme (2% deducted from gross salary)
  • the first 6 months are a mutual trial period
  • Additional information

    We emphasize diversity and therefore encourage everyone qualified to apply for a job regardless of age, gender, disability, national or ethnic background.

    MET participates in the state's effort to get more people with holes in the CV or impaired ability to work. Information on gaps in CV or impaired ability can be used for reporting purposes.

    If any case an applicant does not wish to be registered on the public application list, the applicant will need to give a reasonable argued justification.

    Information about the applicant can still be published. If the wish to not be registered on the public application list is denied, the applicant will be informed prior to the disclosure.

    Please attach CV, diploma / grades, list of publications and the names of two references

    For more details, contact Head of Division Hilde Fagerli (ph +47 920 26 597) or Director of Research Lars-Anders Breivik (ph +47 917 50 623).

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