Tenure position of Associate Professor available at LGGE, Grenoble, France

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Tenure position of Associate Professor available at LGGE, Grenoble, France

Gerhard Krinner
Apologizes for cross-posting.

Please pass along the following information for a Tenure position to interested young researchers. Thank you :

Tenure position of "Chaire d'excellence" Associate Professor to be opened at LGGE, Grenoble, France

The Laboratory of Glaciology and Environmental Geophysics (LGGE, Grenoble, France) seeks applications for a tenure - civil servant - position of Associate Professor, with a recruitment by competitive examination taking place most probably during spring 2011.

LGGE is a Joint Research Unit set up by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University Joseph Fourier of Grenoble (UJF), with ~60 staff personnel and ~40 PhD students and postdocs. LGGE has built its international scientific reputation on research dealing with climate change and the composition of the atmosphere. These studies concern the future, the present and the past, notably based on the natural archives of ice and snow accumulated over the ages. LGGE has largely contributed to produce the iconic greenhouse gas records at the heart of paleoclimatology. LGGE is a internationally-recognized laboratory in the fields of polar climate studies, ice physics and mechanics, ice sheet flow modelling, chemical exchanges between air and snow, and mass balance of mountain glaciers and ice caps (notably Antarctica). The Arctic and Antarctic polar regions are the primary sites studied by LGGE.

The candidates for the civil servant research/teaching position must propose a research project dealing with climatology and physical processes in polar regions. The research project can focus on atmospheric processes only (e.g., radiation, cloud physics, boundary layer processes, snow albedo,...), or on the production, use and deconvolution of ice core signals related to firn densification processes, or on the physical properties of snow/firn (observations and modelling). Other projects focusing on physical aspects of the atmosphere/snow/firn/ice polar system will be considered as well. He/she will conduct this research in close interactions with research projects of other researchers belonging to the "Climate : Past, Present, Projections" (CLIPS) team of LGGE. This team includes about 20 permanent staff (CNRS and University) researchers and about 10 PhD students and postdocs.

Teaching will take place at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in the frame of Bachelors and Masters of sciences in Earth and Environmental Sciences (specialty in Geophysics). In addition to basic teaching, the associate Professor is expected to contribute developing links with teaching in other disciplines (Mechanics, Physics or Chemistry). He/she will progressively take responsabilities in the university cursus and could propose experimental activities in the field.

This academic position has the new and prestigious status of "Chaire of excellence". The special status is provided for a duration of five years, and can be extended for another five years after evaluation by a national committee. At the end of the "Chaire of excellence" period (5 or 10 years), the laureate remains a civil servant researcher/teacher and integrates the standard status of French Associate Professors. He/she could then apply for becoming Full Professor and/or a member of the "Institut Universitaire de France". The "Chaire of excellence" status provides additional benefits to the laureate compared with a standard French Associate Professor position. The yearly teaching duty is only one-third of the normal one (i.e. limited to 64 h of  tutorial-equivalent courses), to provide more time for basic research. A yearly allowance of 6000 Euros is given to the laureate in addition to the basic salary. A basic research funding support of 10,000 Euros is also provided every year by the University. The laureate can of course increase this basic grant by applying to national and European calls for proposals. The basic salary will be commensurate with previous research experience. More information on the Associate Professor status and salaries in French Universities can be found on the Ministry of Higher Education and Research web site :<http://www.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/cid22657/maitres-conferences.html>.

International competition is highly encouraged. Candidates will own a PhD in geosciences, physics or related fields/disciplines. They will preferably have a significant research experience after the PhD (several years of post-doctoral contract for instance, handling their own grant), and will be able to prove excellence in their research domain. A University teaching experience is not mandatory but is clearly a bonus. Candidates should either be already fluent in French or be ready to immediately take intensive French lessons for handling the University teaching, as 100% of teaching hours at the undergraduate level will be in French.

The position should soon appear in the "Journal officiel de la République française" (official journal of French Republic). An internet site will allow candidates to formally apply.

In the mean time, potential candidates are encouraged to contact by email the following researchers before preparing their project :

General contact : LGGE director and deputy directors ([hidden email])
Research : Dr. Jérôme Chappellaz, head of the CLIPS team ([hidden email])
Teaching : Pr. Philippe Belleudy, head of the Master in Earth and Environmental Sciences ([hidden email])
Gerhard Krinner
54 rue Molière; BP 96
F-38402 St Martin d'Hères Cedex
Téléphone : (+33)(0)476824244, (+33)(0)682397371

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