At the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, we have a vacancy for a three year Postdoctoral position in Integrated Assessment Modeling. The position is affiliated with the Ocean and Ice Division, Research and Development Department in Oslo. The starting date is March 2023.
The position is within the EU Horizon Europe project ?WorldTrans – Transparent Assessments for Real People”. WorldTrans is designed to address four specific objectives: (1) To build new communities of integrated assessment modeling experts and users (citizens and stakeholders alike), based on a transparent approach to integrated assessments; (2) To unpack and quantify the potential importance of including heterogeneous human behavior in integrated assessment models; (3) To identify main feedback loops and policy leverage points for climate-neutrality oriented policies; and (4) To produce quantitatively consistent results for various assessment processes including all three working groups of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and for the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
Responsibility / work tasks
The successful candidate will be part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists from all over Europe, but will have his/her base in either the natural sciences or the science of economics, contributing partly to work package 1 (Natural Systems: inclusion and improvement of processes and feedbacks using a variety of models and approaches), work package 2 (Human systems: incorporating societal transformation into integrated assessment modelling) and work package 3 (Developing a transparent Integrated Assessment Model “for real people”,using System Dynamics).
We will use participatory – or group – modeling throughout the project, as a way to integrate the research team, external climate science experts as well as stakeholders from the outset of the project. Through the course of the project we will co-develop a new Integrated Assessment Model (FRIDA), which will cross the common disciplinary boundaries between the climate, technology, economy and human behavior, and which will be our hub for joint knowledge as well as a tool for learning and engagement.
Central to the role will be improving the feedback and relationships between all aspects of the Human-Earth system that is currently underdeveloped in integrated assessment models. For example, the impacts of climate change on energy demand, which will impact emissions, and therefore, feed back into climate change.
The successful candidate will be required to lead and contribute towards academic publications and project deliverables, and to present their research at European and international conferences and workshops.
Application deadline: 20 December 2022