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[Met-jobs] Global Ecosystem Modelling post-doctoral position at University of Exeter, UK

From "Andrew D. Friend" <>
Date Thu, 24 Mar 2011 20:30:44 +0000

Dear colleague,

apologies for double posting ... please circulate to potential candidates

The University of Exeter (UK) is looking for applicants for a post-doctoral research position within the Marie Curie Network GREENCYCLESII
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T3.1 Modelling Terrestrial Ecosystems

This Experienced Researcher will perform a Terrestrial ecosystem model evaluation ("TERREMIP"), under the secondary supervision of (including a placement at) the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge, and in close collaboration with the Hadley Centre at the MetOffice. TERREMIP will be a highly cross-cutting activity drawing on data and expertise from across GREENCYCLESII and will use a common methodology developed in close collaboration a similar activity within GREENCYCLESII on the marine side. Model evaluation will target the terrestrial components of models used by network partners and will exploit data from coupled GCM simulations submitted to the IPCC AR5 multi-model database. The successful candidate will first conduct a literature review, evaluate the existing, and develop new, algorithms to evaluate terrestrial models against a large range of observational datasets. A key aspect will be to develop observation-based constraints that could help to reduce uncertainties in future projections of the terrestrial carbon cycle.

The successful candidate will actively participate in network-wide workshops and training events.
The position will start as soon as possible and run for 24 months.
Payment will be according to Marie Curie rules (, including an allowance for transnational travel and mobility.
Salary (subject to country-specific cost of living adjustment)  €53,000/year plus mobility allowance (€500-€800/month depending on family circumstances); travel allowance (e.g. €750/year); career exploratory allowance (€2000); up to €600/month for participation in research and training activities.

Note that GREENCYCLESII positions are subject to eligibility rules :

1) At the start of their fellowship, researchers may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the preceding 3 years. UK nationals are eligible only if they have been active in research in a non-Associated Third Country for at least three of the last four years

2) Experienced researchers (ERs) must either 1) be already in possession of a doctoral degree, independently of the time taken to acquire it, or 2) have at least 4 years of research experience (full-time equivalent) after the qualification date*. In both cases they must be within the first 5 years of their research careers.

Candidates should send a CV, a half-page statement of interest, the names of two referees, a completed Eligibility Form ( to Linda McIlwraith at
quoting  the job reference number N3228.

Before submitting an application, interested candidates may wish to discuss the post further by contacting Professor Pierre Friedlingstein at

Best wishes,

Pierre Friedlingstein

*Qualification date: award of qualification formally allowing you to embark on a doctorate in the country in which the award was obtained or in the country of appointment in the training network.
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