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[Met-jobs] 2-years Research Engineer position at the “Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat,et de l'Environnement (LSCE)”, located south of Paris (,,to construct a global carbon data assimilation system

From Fabienne Maignan <>
Date Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:15:33 +0100

2-years Research Engineer position at the “Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE)”, located south of Paris (, to construct a global carbon data assimilation system

LSCE is opening a two-year RESEARCH-ENGINEER position within the European CARBONES project. The successful candidate will join a team of about 25 scientists working on Green House Gazes (GHG) with a special focus on the carbon cycle. The CARBONES project aims at a full reanalysis of the global carbon fluxes and stocks over the past 30 years through the assimilation of various long term measurements and proxies of the terrestrial and oceanic carbon-cycles. These input observations include satellite observations of the Earth reflectances, in situ ecological measurements, and CO2 atmospheric concentrations. They are combined within state of the art models of the land surface ecosystems, air-sea fluxes, and atmospheric transport, using an innovative data assimilation system developed by the LSCE. The objectives of the work are to i) support the team in the development of the global Carbon Data Assimilation System (CCDAS) of CARBONES, ii) implement new software and post-processing chains to analyse the results of the CCDAS, and iii) help coordinating the overall CARBONES project with the principal investigators at LSCE. S/he will more directly interact with Philippe Peylin at the beginning of the project.
Within the CARBONES project, the candidate will have the opportunity to travel across Europe in order to support the interactions between the different European partners. The position could be extended for at least 2 more years if the candidate successfully integrates in the LSCE team.

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE, Gif-sur-Yvette). LSCE is a joint research unit of the Commissariat à L’Energie Atomique (CEA), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Université de Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ). LSCE employs over 250 researchers covering 30 different nationalities. Their research mission is to contribute to a better understanding of the interactions between human activities in the Earth System, environment and climate dynamics at different time scales.

Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes full social and health benefits.

The candidate should have a strong expertise in computing science and data processing and a broad interest in natural sciences more specifically biogeochemistry, and land-atmosphere interactions. A PhD in science could be a plus but is not required. The candidate should be comfortable with computing tools such as FORTRAN and/or IDL languages and the UNIX system. Priority will be given to candidates who can demonstrate experience in programming. Of special relevance is proven ability to be dynamic, open and work collaboratively with a team of scientists.
Applications including CV, letter of motivation and the names of two reference
persons should be sent to Philippe Peylin (
The deadline for applying for this engineer position is April 8th, 2011.

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