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[Met-jobs] Job offer : UCL Louvain : Palaeoclimate modeller

From Michel Crucifix <>
Date Wed, 6 Apr 2011 16:47:41 +0200

The Universite catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
is seeking 1 post-doctoral climate scientist for palaeoclimate


The candidate holds a PhD in sciences and with an orientation
in climatology, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, and a pronounced
interest for palaeoclimates. Previous experience of running large
computer codes and model output post-processing and visualisation
is necessary.  Previous experience on palaeoclimates and palaeoclimate
data is desirable. The candidate has a good knowledge of Fortran,
Unix environment and shell-scripting.  The candidate has a good
knowledge of English.

Job description 

Duties are carried out under the responsibility of
Andr Berger ( in the context of the
European Research Council Advanced Grant 'EMIS' (An Intense Summer
Monsoon in a Cool World, Climate and East Asian monsoon during
interglacials with a special emphasis on the Interglacials 500,000
years ago and before, for more information

The candidate will investigate the climate response to the astronomical,
greenhouse gas concentrations and ice sheets forcings for the
interglacials of the past 800,000 years. A particular attention
will be paid on the tropical monsoon systems and their interactions
with the other components of the climate system.  The methodology
relies on plans of experiments with general circulation model(s).

Career opportunities 

The candidate will be employed on fix-term
contract. European Research Council projects are high-profile
initiatives with the ambition of developing a growing research
agenda and environment, proper to provide a stimulating working
environment to the candidate for several years at least.


The candidate will be formally employed by the Universite
catholique de Louvain, within the 'Georges
Lemaitre Centre for Earth and Climate Research'. This institute is
a sought-after centre of excellence with a particular expertise in
the astronomical theory of paleoclimates and in the development of
Earth system models of intermediate complexity. The candidate will
also benefit from a close collaboration with a team involved in
another ERC grant ITOP (Integrating Theory and Observations over
the Pleistocene,

The Centre is located in the multi-cultural town of Louvain-la-Neuve,
approximately 35 km South of Brussels in Belgium.  The most common
language in town and in the University is French but English is
fluently used.

Candidates may apply with a CV, motivation letter, and names of 3
potential referees at their earliest convenience to, with subject subject 'JOB -EMIS - MONSOON'.
The referees will not be contacted without an advance notification
to the candidate.


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