Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

Experienced Climate Scientist for Regional Climate Modelling and Scientific Leadership of the Danish Climate Atlas (BB-193A1)

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The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) opens a permanent position for an experienced climate scientist to work with regional climate modelling in HARMONIE-Climate (HCLIM) and lead the scientific development of the Danish Climate Atlas.

HARMONIE-Climate is a regional climate model that can run at high resolution and is able to reproduce precipitation extremes, urban temperature and wind over complex coastlines (https://gmd.copernicus.org/articles/13/1311/2020/). It is developed in a consortium of meteorological institutes, in close synergy with the numerical weather modelling community.

The Danish Climate Atlas (https://www.dmi.dk/klimaatlas/) provides detailed climate information showing future projected changes in e.g. temperature, precipitation, extreme precipitation, mean sea level and storm surge heights. Bias-corrected, regional climate model output is a central part of the underlying data.

Main working tasks

As our new colleague, your research will be based on work with HARMONIE-Climate, including execution, pre- and post-processing. You will be central in designing and executing model experiments, as well as developing model code as part of the international consortium around HCLIM. You will work with analyses of the modelled climate and writing scientific papers as well as leading grant applications.

Furthermore, you will be scientific project leader of the Danish Climate Atlas. This includes planning and coordination of the scientific work and research, as well as outreach and communication about the Climate Atlas, the underlying science and the projected climate changes in Denmark. In this role, you will collaborate closely with both scientists and non-scientific staff across DMI as well as our users. 

Expected qualifications

  • We expect you to be an experienced climate scientist with a PhD degree and a background in meteorology, oceanography or related fields with strong emphasis on dynamical modelling (e.g. physics or engineering) – experience with regional climate modelling, HCLIM or HARMONIE is an advantage
  • We are looking for a motivating scientific project leader, ready to work with a highly skilled group of scientists
  • You must have advanced programming skills (e.g. Fortran, Linux/Unix and Python scripting), and experience execution of large codes on HPC systems
  • Good oral and written communication skills are essential (English and/or Danish)
  • The Research Department at the DMI employs a staff of approx. 70 scientists, of which about 20 work directly with climate, in close collaboration with meteorologists, oceanographers and remote sensing experts. 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, either at scientist or special consultant 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.

    Working time: DMI offers a flexible working week of 37 hours including a paid lunch break, and six weeks of paid vacation annually. It is possible for special consultants at DMI to apply for a 39-11 arrangement, with a 39-hour working week in exchange of 11 extra days of payed leave per year.

    Employment area: Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Facilities and associated institutions.

    Work place: DMI, Lyngbyvej 100, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

    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.

    For further details about the position, contact Head of Climate Research, Rasmus Anker Pedersen, on telephone: +45 39 15 75 95 or by e-mail: rap@dmi.dk


    Please send your application, including a cover letter with motivation for the application, a curriculum vitae (incl. short publication list of max 2 pages), relevant exam papers and diplomas, possible other relevant appendices and contacts for relevant professional references, so we have it in our system by March 2, 2021. To apply for the position, please use the below link "Apply for Position", and follow the instructions. 

    We expect to hold interviews March 10, 2021 and possible second round of interviews on March 17, 2021. A possible interview may be based on a concrete case, and the interviews may be held online. Starting date is May 1st 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

    DMI is an institution under the Danish Ministry of Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Facilities and carries out forecast and warning services as well as continuous monitoring of weather, climate and related environmental conditions in the atmosphere, on land and at sea, in order to secure human life, equipment and property, and to create a basis for economic and environmental planning in the society.

    DMI is an exciting workplace with professional competent employees with a wide variety of educations. Find more information about the DMI as a workplace under “Om DMI” (in Danish) at www.dmi.dk and read our strategy at https://www.dmi.dk/fileadmin/user_upload/Bruger_upload/Om_DMI/Strategy_Tryk.pdf .

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