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Researcher position within studies of compound floods

Klima, Energi- og Forsyningsministeriet

The Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) is a partner in the newly initiated project entitled ECCO, funded by JPI Water, and leads the work package of compound events. The project addresses compound floods across northern Europe but with a core Danish focus. It aims to expand our knowledge of the occurrence patterns of compound events that cause flooding and further develop methods to estimate the present-day and future risks and impacts of such events.

About the researcher position
Within ECCO, DMI has an opening to join the Weather Research Department in a full-time two-year researcher position. The successful applicant will be joining the research unit doing regional ocean and precipitation research, but will collaborate also with the units of Numerical Weather Prediction and Hydrology and Flooding. Collaboration and coordination with the other research department at DMI (NCKF), hosting the climate service The Danish National Climate Atlas (Data i Klimaatlas (dmi.dk) and doing extreme precipitation analyses with ECCO, will also be included in the work.

The work of the successful applicant will build upon existing early-stage compound approaches to further advance methodological approaches, study areas, variables, cross-WP results, end-user engagement and by incorporating climate change, to advance state-of-the-art compound research and ensure optimal stakeholder uptake. In doing so, hazard type assessments, process dynamics and the quantification of compound flood risks will be core tasks. The work will be on a combination of point/case scales as well as utilizing larger gridded datasets such as from reanalysis data and RCMs. The assessment of compounds in ECCO also involves statistical approaches to assess e.g. variable dependency structures, expand the data basis and to evaluate joint recurrence levels.

The Weather Research Department has its core responsibilities in doing development and research towards operational purposes, but a key component of the staff members also do externally funded projects with an applied purpose. The working environment at the research departments at DMI is first and foremost highly collaborative and positive towards all colleagues. Further, we are internationally oriented, has English as its working language (as also reflected in the many nationalities), works in and across broad research networks and publishes its research in leading internationally acclaimed journals. Scientific publications are a part of the ECCO deliverables and is therefore a mandatory component.

Your skills
We will evaluate applications from both junior- and senior-level applicants. In light of the ECCO tasks, we seek from a broad range of research backgrounds but aim for a high degree of broad geoscientific understanding and processing skills. We also seek a candidate that has a high degree of academic curiosity and independency in terms of developing and pursuing research ideas.

We therefore require candidates to clearly highlight, within the application, your experiences and skills modelling, data processing, computational environments, coding (languages), research and publications as well as educational grading sheets and certificates.


  • PhD degree within physical-statistical geosciences (oceanography, earth physics, geo- or environmental engineering, physical geography or similar)
  • Or, alternatively, a master degree alongside a vast research experience
  • Experience with developing code, such as in Python, for data-processing of geoscience data (preferably in a Linux environment), such as netcdf and grib, is an advantage
  • Research experience and a strong track record in peer reviewed output is a clear advantage
  • Good communication skills in both oral and written English
  • Capacity of working in a team together with a good team spirit

About The Weather Research Department and about DMI
The Weather Research Department at DMI employs a staff of approx. 65 scientists, of which approximately 20 work within the Ocean and Radar unit in the Department for Weather Research, in close collaboration with other research departments (internally and externally), as well as meteorologists and hydrologists.

DMI is part of the Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities. DMI is the government's climate science advisor, creating and communicating knowledge about weather, climate and the sea to the Danish Realm. DMI's warnings, weather forecasts and services safeguard life and infrastructure and provide a basis for planning in a changing climate. As an authority on weather, climate and the sea, DMI provides meteorological services to the Danish defence, emergency preparedness as well as civil aviation and shipping in Denmark and Greenland. Furthermore, R&D is carried out within the DMI working areas.

DMI is one of the oldest state institutions in Denmark and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2022. We have approximately 350 employees, most of whom work at DMI’s new headquarters at Sankt Kjelds Gård in Østerbro. The new place have interior design that allows for an activity-based way of working.

Employment and salary
Will be according to the Danish Law and Agreements. It will be possible to apply for an addition to the basic salary. The position are full-time, temporary limited for a period of two years. There is a possibility for extension pending on funding possibilities. Although we encourage physical presence, we do allow for working from home some days of the week.

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.

Working time: 37 hours weekly including a lunch break and 6 weeks of paid vacation annually.

Work Place: DMI, Skt. Kjelds Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark

Employment area: The Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate and associated institutions.

Further information: For further details about the position please contact Head of Ocean and Radar: Morten A D Larsen, +4521730395 or by email; [email protected].

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 enclose a cover letter, a curriculum vitae (incl. publication list), grade sheets and certificates and contacts for relevant professional references.

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

Application deadline: 28th of July 2024.

Interview: We expect to start interviews immediately after the application deadline. The invitation for interviews will be sent via email.

Employment date: 1st of October or soon thereafter.

Department: Lyngbyvej 100, København Ø

Location: Sankt Kjelds Plads 11 2100 København Ø

Application deadline: 28 Jul 2024

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