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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral position at CERFACS on decadal climate variability

From Christophe Cassou <>
Date Thu, 01 Sep 2011 16:18:44 +0200

Postdoctoral position in climate dynamics and climate predictability
at decadal timescale

Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique
Toulouse - France

Fixed term for 18 months starting from 1 January 2012

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position funded by the French Ministery of Ecology through the so-called EPIDOM project focused on climate decadal variability and predictabity. EPIDOM aims at estimating the level of climate predictability at decadal timescale, its sources and associated physical mechanims as well as its uncertainty with a focus on the North Atlantic-European region. At the national level, EPIDOM coordinates the ongoing effort in France to produce decadal forecasts for the CMIP5 database at the core of the next IPCC report. The projects includes 4 partners namely Cerfacs, where the postdoc will be based, IPSL/Paris, Meteo-France/Toulouse and ECMWF/Reading.

Among various tasks, Cerfacs has already completed a full decadal forecast exercice based on the CMIP5 protocol. The work will involve a detailed analysis of the model performance and the physical mechanims at the core of the simulated decadal previsibility. Two possibilities depending of the expertise of the applicants: a special attention could be laid either on the ocean initialisation step or the role of the stratosphere. For the latter case, numerical experiments including a well-resolved stratosphere will be conducted for specific case studies (decades where volcanic or solar forcing might be important) and compared to the trospospheric version of the coupled model used as default for CMIP5. For the former, the focus will be in running and analyzing new sets of experiments designed to minimize the initial shock of the forecast and ultimately improve the model skill.

You will work in close contact with the principal investigator (PI) Dr Christophe Cassou, and will interact with other members of the Climate Modelling and Global Change Team at Cerfacs. The group has a strong expertise in ocean-atmosphere coupling on both scientific and technical aspects (the OASIS coupler). The team benefits from the strong technical support provided by a pool of research engineers who are experts on both software and hardware modeling issues. This work will also involve substantial collaboration with the other partners (Meteo-France and IPSL). The position presents an opportunity for a strongly motivated scientist to get involved in an exciting and challenging domain in climate prediction science. You should hold (or have submitted) a PhD in a relevant discipline (such as physical oceanography, atmospheric dynamics and climate variability etc.), and have good scientific programming skills. More specialist knowledge of global circulation models is desirable.

Salary will be about 2300 Euros per month after social security deduction.

The application should include a curriculum vitae, a list of publications and the names and email adresses of at least three references. Applications should be sent to Dr. Christophe CASSOU, CERFACS, 42 Avenue Gaspard Coriolis, 31057 Toulouse Cedex, FRANCE ,or by email (

Closing date: 30 Novembre 2011


Christophe Cassou
Global Change and Climate Modelling Project
42, Avenue G. Coriolis
31057 Toulouse (FRANCE)
Tel: +33(0)561 19 30 49
Fax: +33(0)561 19 30 00

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