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[Met-jobs] Post-doctoral position at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Mon, 21 Feb 2011 10:02:42 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

  Post-doctoral position at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

  Improvement and validation of cloud microphysics in a regional climate


PhD with an experience in atmospheric or climate modelling.


The post-doctoral research will be centred on developments of the
regional climate model CCLM (<>) regarding
cloud processes. This model is currently being used at our institute by
several researchers, and is supported by a large network of research
centres in Europe. Cloud and aerosol processes play a major role in
climate and air quality, and improving their representation is of
primary importance to reduce uncertainties in climate projections. The
research will build on existing experience regarding the
parameterisation of aviation induced cloudiness. It is an opportunity to
investigate key issues of climate system modelling.

  The main tasks of the researcher will all relate to the CCLM model,
and will be:

- Implementation of a new two-moment cloud microphysics scheme designed
by Seifert & Beheng (2005, Met. and Atm. Phys. 92, pp 45–66), comparison
with the existing one-moment scheme and validation of the humidity and
radiation fields;

- Implementation of hail and graupel hydrometeors in the cloud
microphysics scheme, testing based on sensitivity studies;

- Implementation of a revised contrail parameterisation, based on the
work recently done at our institute by Andrew Ferrone (see e.g.

The framework for this is the MACCBET project (“Modelling Atmospheric
Composition and Climate for the Belgian Territory”) in which three other
Belgian laboratories are involved: the KULeuven, the VITO, and the Royal
Meteorological Institute.


PhD in atmospheric physics or related discipline; expertise in numerical
modelling is required. Autonomy as well as capacity for team work are
essential. The candidate should have a good knowledge of Fortran and
UNIX scripts and be familiar with climate data processing and
visualization. Familiarity with high performance computing would be an


This work is funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office under the
project MACCBET. The initial contract duration will be one year,
extensible to a total of at least 3 years.

Place of work

The work will take place under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Pascal van
Ypersele at the “Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research”
(TECLIM), a centre of excellence on climate research that is part  of
the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium. The Institute is located
in Louvain-la-Neuve, building Marc de Hemptinne, Chemin du Cyclotron, 2
(25 km south of Brussels, easily accessible by train). See


The salary is based on a legal scale, and is of the order of 45 to 50000
Euros per year before taxes.


Applications should be sent to <> as
early as possible and before March 15, with “MACCBET application” for
subject, a CV, motivation letter, and name, e-mail, and phone numbers of
two potential referees.

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