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Danish Meteorological Institute   Copenhagen, Denmark

Arctic Ocean and sea ice modeler

Science & Academic
Scandinavia, Svalbard, Iceland
6 months ago

The National Centre for Climate Research (NCKF) at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) opens a permanent, full time position for a scientist to work with Arctic Ocean and sea ice modelling with focus on the waters around Greenland. In collaboration with colleagues, you will be developing and applying a coupled ocean and sea ice model system based on HYCOM (Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model; and CICE (Consortium Model for Sea-Ice Development; covering the Arctic and North Atlantic. In addition, DMI develops and apply sub-kilometer scale ocean models for selected fjord systems in Greenland and has a long tradition of including novel remotely sensed data sets for assimilation and validation in its model systems.

The HYCOM-CICE model system at DMI is used mainly for:
  • Operational support to Greenland authorities and to support the DMI Greenland Ice Service
  • Production and developments of long term high resolution reanalysis
  • Integration of observational data and process understanding of the physical environment and climate trends

At DMI, within the NCKF Unit for Global Climate, you will be part of the Arctic Ocean modelling group and work in close collaboration with a number of dedicated and highly qualified colleagues. The group has close collaboration with a number of external partners through participation in, e.g., the Copernicus Arctic Ocean Marine Forecasting Centre, the CICE consortium and in various mainly ESA and EU funded projects.

Main working tasks:
  • Develop, calibrate and validate HYCOM-CICE from pan Arctic to fjord scale.
  • Increase process understanding with particular focus on sea ice and snow data-assimilation techniques and applications.
  • Participate in on-going research projects.
  • Participate in application writing and project development.
  • Write peer reviewed research articles.
Expected qualifications:
  • MSc or PhD degree in ocean science, geosciences, engineering or related areas of physics.
  • Experience with ocean and sea ice modeling.
  • Experience with HYCOM, CICE and the data-assimilation framework PDAF ( is an advantage.
  • Experience with developing and maintaining large scientific codes, version control and good programming and scripting skills (e.g., Linux/Unix, Fortran, C, Python scripting, bash/tsch).
  • Experience with HPC systems.
  • Good communication skills in oral and written English.
  • Initiative and ability to work collaboratively and interact with other team members
About DMI and NCKF:

The position is in the NCKF department. NCKF conducts climate and operational research for the Kingdom of Denmark (Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands) and bring together knowledge to form the basis for safety at sea, green transition and climate adaptation. The activities include assessments of recent, present and future climate, short term forecast and analysis of the physical climate system with focus on the Arctic, Greenland. The research carried out in the department is based on both global and regional modelling as well as observations from remote sensing, in-situ measurements and fieldwork.

NCKF employs approximately 60 staff members – most of whom are researches including PhD students, junior and senior scientists. The department also includes a number of project managers, administrative staff and generalists who work in close collaborate with colleagues in the other DMI departments. NCKF has a strong international profile, which is also reflected in the many nationalities employed and in the use of both English and Danish as working languages.

Employment and Salary:

Employment and salary will be according to the Danish Law and Agreements, depending on previous experience. It will be possible to apply for an addition to the basic salary. Employees, 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. It is an advantage to be able to speak Danish but it is not a requirement.

Employment area is Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Facilities and associated institutions. Work place is DMI at Sankt Kjelds Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark. Physical presence is expected at least on a weekly basis.

For further details about the position, contact Ole Krarup Leth  (before 21 January via e-mail ( or video link; after 21 January 2024 via telephone (+45 2382 0625), e-mail ( or video link).

At DMI, diversity is an important value for us, because we believe that an inclusive and versatile work environment strengthens task fulfilment. We work actively with diversity in our employee composition, which is reflected in our inclusive workplace with a balance between work life and family life. We encourage everyone to apply for the position regardless of age, gender, sexuality, religion or ethnicity.


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 4 February, 2024. We expect to have interviews between 12 and 16 February 2024. The invitation will be sent via email. Starting date is from 1 May 2024, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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

The Danish Meteorological Institute is an institution under the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities carrying out Forecast and Warning Services as well as continuous monitoring of Weather, Climate and Ocean in order to secure human life and property and at the same time create a basis for economic and environmental planning in the society. Research & Development is also part of our significant core business. The DMI is an exciting workplace with professional competent employees with a wide variety of educations. You will not find a similar working place in Denmark.

Why the DMI is such a special workplace – please find more information at – “About DMI”.



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