Lunds universitet, Centrum för miljö- och klimatforskning (CEC)

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and 7 600 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.

The Faculty of Science conducts research and education within Biology, Astronomy, Physics, Geosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Environmental Sciences. The Faculty is organized into nine departments, gathered in the northern campus area. The Faculty has approximately 1500 students, 330 PhD students and 700 employees.

The Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC ( conducts research, education and communication on environmental science and climate research at Lund University.

The Center for Environmental and Climate Research, CEC ( carries out research education and communication on environmental and climate research at Lund University. A part of that is coordination of Modelling the Regional and Global Earth System (MERGE, (, a cross-faculty strategic research environment at Lund University. MERGE focuses on the development and application of advanced models of the role of the terrestrial biosphere within the climate system. As a collaboration between Lund University (leader), a number of other Swedish universities and the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, SMHI, MERGE aims to develop a new generation of climate models and to use these to study global and regional climate changes and impacts. The research contributes to a variety of international networks and institutes.

The scientific programmer will contribute to the further development and maintenance of the computer models used within MERGE, including a regional climate model (RCA-GUESS), a global Earth system model (EC-Earth), a dynamic vegetation/ecosystem model (LPJ-GUESS) and others.

Tasks will include:

  • The development and extension of models to incorporate new processes and submodels
  • Installing and testing models on a range of HPC systems, in Sweden and internationally
  • Testing, coupling and evaluation of individual model components
  • The development of diagnostic tools for model evaluation (e.g. ESMValTool)
  • Maintaining contact with LUNARC (, ECMWF and NSC  for the transformation, archival, transfer and storage of meteorological and other large datasets arising from the model runs performed by MERGE researchers
  • Maintenance of the DataGURU environmental and climate data server ( including: making sure the server is running, responding to user emails (mainly reports of processing errors) and implementation of new data sets.

The work will support and be carried out in close cooperation with researchers involved in the development and applications of the models.



  • A university degree in a suitable field
  • Experience of programming in Fortran, C++ and Unix
  • Experience of scientific and parallel computing in high performance computing (HPC) environments
  • Experience of the processing, archival and transfer of large scientific data sets on various types of computing systems, especially in the NetCDF format
  • Experience of scientific programming with Python or Matlab
  • Excellent English language skills

The successful candidate will be a service-minded, responsible team player with structured work habits and the ability to manage several tasks in parallel.

Desirable additional qualifications include

  • Prior work experience within software development or systems administration
  • Knowledge of modern software development environments, particularly systems for version control of documentation suitable for environments with multiple users/developers.
  • Knowledge of research within the geo- and environmental sciences
  • Experience in the development, evaluation and application of biogeophysical models, especially climate or ecosystem models
  • Knowledge of the programming languages Java Script and PHP and database management in PostGreSQL

Work conditions

Probationary employment may be applied. Applicants are encouraged to send questions about the position to Dr. Paul Miller (

Type of employment Probationary period
Contract type Full time
First day of employment At earliest convenience
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2019/2180
  • Paul Miller, Senior University Lecturer, +46 46 222 40 72,
  • My Geborek, Human Resources Coordinator, +46 46 222 48 53,
Union representative
  • OFR/ST:Fackförbundet ST:s kansli, 046-222 93 62
  • SACO:Saco-s-rådet vid Lunds universitet, 046-222 93 64
  • SEKO: Seko Civil, 046-222 93 66
Published 24.Jun.2019
Last application date 16.Aug.2019 11:59 PM CET

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