The oceanographic unit at SMHIs research department conducts research and development on the marine environment, marine climate, and operational oceanography. We work with analyses and development of models and observations in the open sea and the coastal zone with main focus on the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Arctic. Today 14 researchers are employed at the unit, and the research department has about 100 employees.

The research department at SMHI performs research within several disciplines and oceanography is one area of expertise. The research is mainly based on external funding, and the oceanography unit has succeeded in attracting funding at national and European levels. The research focus is on basic understanding and modeling of marine ecosystems, biogeochemistry, and physics, as well as on the impacts of climate change on the marine environment. We also work with new observational methods and improvement of forecast models, e.g. for predictions of ice conditions, waves, and sea levels as well as dispersion of oil and harmful algae blooms.

SMHI has a broad range of activities within oceanography, climate, hydrology, and meteorology, performing observations, modeling, and research. We have access to an extensive infrastructure including supercomputers for, e.g., global and regional climate modeling. Within oceanography it is worth mentioning that SMHI will get access to a new research vessel in 2019.

We are now looking for an established oceanographic researcher with focus on the effects of climate change on the ocean and the marine ecosystems. The research and development work will include modeling and qualified analyses of the results from coupled physical-biogeochemical ocean models and coupled atmosphere-ocean models. Interaction with the surrounding society is an important part of several of our projects, for example through co-development of climate services with stakeholders. Together with research leaders and the head of the unit, you will contribute to the strategic development of the unit, and to securing the high scientific level of our work. We also expect you to actively seek funding for the group, supervise the younger researchers, and maintain and develop the collaboration networks inside SMHI as well as nationally and internationally.

We offer you a permanent position with placement in Norrköping.

Your profile

You have a PhD in oceanography or a related discipline and good theoretical knowledge about ocean physics and hydrodynamic processes, and preferably also about ocean biogeochemistry. You have documented experience in:

  • research and analysis work within ocean climate research,
  • scientific publications and oral presentations at international conferences – your publication metrics are good for the number of years as active researcher
  • attracting external funding, preferably even for larger international projects,
  • programming (Fortran is preferred, but other programming languages are acceptable)
  • work with analysis and statistical programming with MatLab, Python, R or similar tools.

Preferably you have a large research network, knowledge about processes in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, and experience in:

  • interaction with stakeholders,
  • development, validation, and usage of numerical models on climate time scales,
  • work with regional high resolution ocean models to downscale global climate scenarios according to international protocols,
  • supervision of students and younger researchers,
  • academic commissions
  • project management.

A good knowledge of English in both speech and writing is required. Knowledge of Swedish is beneficial.

As a person, you are well organized and goal oriented. You are highly motivated and interested in research work and research leadership. You have a large interest in natural sciences and earth system sciences, especially in ocean and climate related questions, and in the interaction with stakeholders to adapt the work to the needs of society.

Your application

For more information, please contact Lars Arneborg, head of the oceanography unit, or Susanne Gullmar, Human Resources. Union representatives are for SACO: Lennart Robertson, and for ST: Ronald Scheirer. All can be reached at +46 11 495 80 00 or by e-mail,

We look forward to receiving your application, but not later than 2018-08-12.


Lars Arneborg


+46 011 495 8000

Lennart Robertson


+46 011 495 8000

Ronald Scheirer


+ 46 011 495 8000

Susanne Gullmar


+46 011 495 80 00