Researcher in Clouds, Climate and AI

Lund University Department of Physical Geograhy and Ecosystem Science


Researcher in Clouds, Climate and AI

Lunds universitet, institutionen för naturgeografi och ekosystemvetenskap

Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 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.

Subject description

A detailed model of clouds will be accelerated with artificial intelligence (AI) technology so as to acquire insights into climate change. The project will simulate how climate responds to CO2 emissions.  The project will assess how climate change will affect renewable energy sources in N. Europe in future.

Work duties

These tasks will be performed:

  • Emulate a cloud model with a deep learning neural network and implement it in a global model of climate
  • Simulate the present-day climate with validation against observations
  • Simulate future climate change
  • Estimate impacts on renewable energy sources

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A strong background in numerical modeling and knowledge of mesoscale meteorology
  • A doctoral (PhD) degree in meteorology, with a bachelor's degree in physics or maths
  • Very good oral and written proficiency in English
  • Programming language experience in UNIX environments, such as Fortran or C

It is an advantage if the applicant has documented knowledge in: - (1) mathematics, especially differential equations; (2) numerical methods and / or computer programming; and (3) physical meteorology (for example, cloud physics).

Familiarity with AI techniques and tools would be an advantage but is not essential.

Assessment criteria and other qualifications

In the application, applicants must provide proof of how they meet the above requirements. Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence.

Terms of employment

The employment is for 14 months. At the end of the employment, the results should be summarized in a written report from the researcher.

The position will start on 1 July 2021 or at a date mutually agreed.  The employment will be full-time (100% FTE).

Enquiries about the position can be made to Vaughan Phillips (

Instructions on how to apply

Applications shall be written in English and be compiled into a PDF-file containing:

  • résumé/CV, including a list of publications
  • a general description of past research and future research interests (no more than three pages)
  • contact information of at least two references
  • copy of the doctoral degree certificate, and other certificates/grades that you wish to be considered

Lund University welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We regard gender equality and diversity as a strength and an asset. We kindly decline all sales and marketing contacts.

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Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
Contract type Full time
First day of employment 2021-07-01 for 14 months
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 1
Working hours 100
City Lund
County Skåne län
Country Sweden
Reference number PA2021/441
Vaughan Phillips, +46462221732,
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 15.Feb.2021
Last application date 30.Mar.2021 11:59 PM CET

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