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[Met-jobs] LGGE position : polar climate processes

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Thu, 3 Mar 2011 08:35:03 +0000

Tenure - civil servant - position of "Chaire d'excellence" Associate Professor 
open 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 this 

Deadline for application: March 25, 12:59pm Paris time.

LGGEis 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). He/she will conduct this research in close 
interactions with other researchers belonging to the "Climate : Past, Present, 
Projections" (CLIPS) research team of LGGE. This team includes about 20 
permanent staff (CNRS and University) researchers and about 10 PhD students and 

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" 
(providing similar conditions as a chaire). 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 :

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 is officially published on the GALAXIE server of the French 
Ministry of Higher Education and Research:
Candidates should go there in "accès Galaxie / recrutement", to get a login and 
password and start the application procedure.

The official profile of the position (number 223) is accessible here:

The Université Joseph Fourier - Grenoble web site where application documents 
must be downloaded is: (select 
"MCF" and "223").

Potential candidates are asked to contact by email the following researchers 
before preparing and submitting their application :
General contact : LGGE director and deputy directors 
Research : Dr. Jérôme Chappellaz, head of the CLIPS team 
Teaching : Pr. Philippe Belleudy, head of the Master in Earth and Environmental 

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