SMHI to recruit professors to its research department

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) is strengthening and developing its research by employing four professors, one for each of SMHI’s areas of expertise: meteorology, hydrology, oceanography and climatology. The first position to be advertised is for a professor of climatology.

”A high level of academic competence is a prerequisite for successful research. We are already conducting outstanding research. Now we will be able to strengthen our research activities even further by employing professors who will help to lead and develop research within our subject areas,” says Joakim Langner, head of SMHI’s research department.

The first position to be advertised will be the professorship of climatology. The main focus will be to understand the variability of the climate system, the processes that control climate, and how they can be depicted in climate and earth system models.

”The whole climate issue is one of the largest global social challenges of our modern times. SMHI’s research contributes important knowledge to this field, both in Sweden and abroad,” says Rolf Brennerfelt, Director-General, SMHI.

”We are hoping for candidates who can both strengthen and profile our activities abroad and develop our collaboration with universities and university colleges,” says Joakim Langner.

SMHI is an expert body on meteorology, hydrology, oceanography and climate. All its activities have a scientific foundation. SMHI’s research department has just over 100 employees who work with applied research and the development of methods and models.

Prior to 2017, SMHI’s directive was changed so that the authority is now able to employ one professor for each subject area.