Two-year postdoctoral position in Arctic climate modelling and prediction available at the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Two-year postdoctoral position in Arctic climate modelling and prediction available at the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
The Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research (TECLIM;
www.uclouvain.be/teclim) / Earth and Life Institute of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium is looking for a
postdoctoral fellow to address the challenge of
modelling the Arctic climate system and
predicting its evolution on seasonal to multi-decadal time scales.
The successful candidate will (1) assess the impact of improvements recently made to the
Louvain-la-Neuve sea ice model (inclusion of a multi-layer snow scheme, a melt pond scheme, a form drag parameterisation and a land-fast ice module), which is part of the Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean
www.nemo-ocean.eu) platform, on Arctic climate simulations carried out with the
EC-Earth General Circulation Model (www.ec-earth.org), and (2) explore with EC-Earth the benefit of using initialization techniques based on
ensemble data assimilation for skilful Arctic climate coupled
predictions on seasonal to decadal time scales.
The researcher will be supervised by Profs Thierry Fichefet and François Massonnet, and will work in a
highly stimulating environment with internationally recognized expertise in sea ice modelling, polar prediction, and climate model evaluation. The work will partly be conducted in the framework on the
APPLICATE EU project (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: Modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with ArctiC ClimATE change;
www.applicate.eu). APPLICATE is a Horizon 2020 4-year project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven (16 partners), that aims at advancing our ability to model and
predict the Arctic climate system along with its impacts on the weather and climate in lower latitudes.
The successful candidate should have a PhD in large-scale climate, sea ice, or ocean modelling, with strong interests for prediction aspects. Experience in data assimilation in geophysical systems is a plus. Advanced programming, post-processing, and data management/analysis
skills are required. He/she should be fluent in English due to the multiple interactions planned with other APPLICATE partners during the project and should have demonstrated ability in team working.
The position is offered for
two years from September 2019, with the possibility of an extension. The salary will be commensurate with experience according to the UCLouvain rates.
Applicants should send (i) a statement of research experience, qualification and interest, (ii) a complete CV including a list of publications, and (iii) two letters of recommendation via e-mail to Profs Thierry Fichefet ([hidden email])
and François Massonnet ([hidden email]).
Pr. Thierry FICHEFET
Université catholique de Louvain
Faculty of Sciences (SC)
Earth and Life Institute (ELI)
Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research (TECLIM)
Place Louis Pasteur 3, SC10 - L4.03.08
E-mail: [hidden email]http://www.climate.be/u/fichefet
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