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Researcher – Marine biogeochemical Modelling in Polar Oceans

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About the workplace

SYKE is a state research institute. Our mission is to contribute to building a sustainable society through research, knowledge, and services. We carry a global responsibility, and our goals are high. Our objective is sustainability transformation! Society urgently needs decisions that will build a better world, and those decisions must be fair and over-generational. Our expertise is needed in this change, and we are expected to have an impact.

We are working to stop biodiversity loss and climate change. We promote a sustainable circular economy and urban structure, as well as a good state of the seas and inland waters. Our search for new, research-based solutions is creative and enthusiastic. We value constructive teamwork and the diversity of our work community; we invest in equality. We have almost 700 experts and researchers. Our head office is in Viikki, Helsinki, and our other offices are in Oulu, Jyväskylä, and Joensuu. We enable much of our operations with competitive project funding.

Work tasks

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher for a temporary position up to 28 months, preferably starting by 1.5.2023, to further develop the sympagic and pelagic components of the BFM model (www.bfm-community.eu), a state-of-the art marine biogeochemical model, which will be run standalone and in coupled configurations with 1D and 3D ocean-sea ice physical models. The work will focus on further developing some of the BFM dynamics linked to sea ice algae and phytoplankton, and test them on multiple spatial and temporal scales under the supervision of Senior Scientist Letizia Tedesco. Other tasks include the communication of scientific results in international conferences and peer-reviewed publications. The position is most suitable for a postdoctoral researcher or a researcher with equivalent experience.

The work is part of the EU Horizon 2020 project Climate Relevant interactions and feedbacks: the key role of sea ice and Snow in the polar and global climate system (CRiceS) (https://www.crices-h2020.eu/), which has the overarching goal to deliver improved understanding of the physical, chemical, and biogeochemical interactions within the ocean-sea ice-atmosphere system, new knowledge of polar and global climate, and enhanced ability of society to respond to climate change. The project brings together 20 partner institutes from the Europe, Canada, South Africa, and India.

The position will be based in the Freshwater and Marine Solutions Unit at SYKEs Helsinki office. We work in an open space office and activity-based environment. Short-term research visits (up to 1 month) to some of our partner institutions in CRiceS, such as CMCC (Bologna, Italy) and UCT (Cape Town, South Africa), will be possible and are encouraged.

General requirements

There are no prescribed qualifications requirements for the position.

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To success in this work, you should have:
• A PhD (or equivalent experience) in Oceanography, Geophysics, Earth Science or related scientific disciplines with possibly a research background in numerical modelling and/or polar science
• Good knowledge of programming languages, preferably Fortran
• Good knowledge of geophysical data processing tools such as Python and MatLab
• Good knowledge of UNIX/Linux operating systems and script language
• Good communication skills and ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
• Positive attitude towards teamwork.

The following experiences are highly desirable:
• Experience in marine biogeochemical modelling, BFM modelling being an advantage
• Experience with ocean numerical models, NEMO modelling being an advantage
• Experience with sea ice models
• Experience in parallel programming on supercomputers
• Experience in version controlling software such as git.

The recruit will work independently and collaborate in English with colleagues in an international team.

Other language skills

Good skills in written and spoken English.

Scope of employment

Form of employment: Temporary employment

Scope:   Office work flexible working hours

Commencement:   1.5.2023

Time-limited to:   31.8.2025 Reason for a fixed term job: fixed duration of the project


Last application date:   28.2.2023 16.15

Reference number:   35-148-2022

You can apply for this job via:

You may also apply for this position by submitting your application to the address below. The job reference of the role must be cited both in the actual application and on the envelope. Applications will not be returned.

Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki, Finland

Your application should include the following attachments:
– CV following the template of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity


  Salary is determined by the SYKE system based on positions requirements, personal skills and personal experience, and will be 3898-4127 eur/month.


Number of positions advertised:   1


Contact persons

Letizia TedescoSenior scientist +358 29 525 1686 letizia.tedesco@syke.fi

Kirsten JörgensenHead of Ecosystem functions -group+358 295 251 245 kirsten.jorgensen@syke.fi


Finnish Environment Institute SYKE
Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki, Finland


The position has 6-month trial period.

Interviews are planned for the calendar weeks 11-12

Read the job description at the university homepage


Post expires on Tuesday February 28th, 2023