March 2011
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[Met-jobs] Postdoc position in biosphere-atmosphere surface interactions

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Mon, 7 Mar 2011 09:26:14 +0000

develop a process-based global land surface model (ORCHIDEE) used within
the IPSL Earth system model for climate simulations (IPCC-AR5) and ii)
strengthen a newly established ERC research team that aims to quantify and
understand the role of forest management in mitigating climate change. To
this aim, the energy budget calculations within ORCHIDEE and its coupling
to LMDz need to be further developed. In particular  the current
&#8220;big leaf&#8221; approach used to simulate the mass and energy
transfers should be replace by a multi-source representation. of the
soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.

HOME INSTITUTION: Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement
(LSCE, Gif-sur-Yvette). LSCE is a joint research unit of the Commissariat
à L&#8217;Energie Atomique et des Energies Alternatives (CEA), the Centre
National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Université de Versailles
Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ). LSCE employs over 320 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.

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES: The major focus of the position is placed
on research and code development. The successful candidate will reinforce
and widen the expertise of the team while strengthening synergies within
the LSCE and LMDz. Research duties include all of the following:
literature study, model development (ORCHIDEE land surface model), data
processing, and model validation (ORCHIDEE-LMDz; a coupled climate
land-surface model), participation in scientific conferences and
publication in peer reviewed international journals. The successful
candidate will be encouraged to generate external funding in her/his area
and as such contribute to further establishing the team. The position is
available for up to 3 yrs.

QUALIFICATIONS: Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research we are
seeking for a highly motivated individual with a Ph.D in for example
climatology, boundary layer meteorology, meteorology or physics. A broad
interest in natural sciences more specifically biogeochemistry,
land-atmosphere interactions and ecosystem services is essential. Rather
than for a specific training, we are looking for a candidate who is able
to demonstrate her/his ability to develop code, solve numerical schemes
and publish peer-reviewed papers. Priority will be given to candidates who
can demonstrate experience in programming (especially in Fortran
language), manipulating large data sets and working in a
multi-disciplinary team.

There are no specified forms. Applications and inquiries should be sent to
Sebastiaan Luyssaert ( and Philippe
Peylin ( Applications should include a curriculum
vitae, statement of motivation, research interests and expertise and
names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least two
references. The position is immediately available and will remain open
until filled with review of applications and interviews starting on March
21st and if needed April 8th. Salary follows national directives and is
adjusted for work experience. A dual position may be explored in case the
partner has a background in line with the research activities of the LSCE.

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