Post-doctoral position on
permafrost modelling at LGGE, Grenoble or LSCE, Saclay
We are seeking for
for a post-doctoral research contract of up to 36 months on
modelling. Geographic location for carrying out the proposed
work could be in
Grenoble (LGGE) or near Paris (LSCE), and in any case in close
between both institutes. The successful candidate will lead a
to improve and validate the representation of permafrost-related
the ORCHIDEE land surface model, and apply the model to evaluate
of the permafrost carbon reservoirs during the 21st
century in order
to reassess climate stabilization scenarios.
The model currently
representation of several essential permafrost-related
processes, but a number
of additional processes need to be taken into account.
Depending, among other,
on the previous experience of the successful candidate, the
work can focus on permafrost peatlands, subgrid hydrological
thermokarst dynamics, soil-snow-vegetation interactions or other
relevant to the evolution of surface carbon and energy fluxes in
regions up to the centennial time scale. The main scientific
objective of this
work is to produce better estimates of the amplitude and sign of
feedbacks to global climate change during the 21st
century, based on
coupled climate model output from the CMIP5 intercomparison
exercise used as
forcing for the improved ORCHIDEE land surface model. The
is expected to take the lead authorship of several peer-reviewed
publications as the outcome of this work.
This work will be carried
out within the
FP7 PAGE21 project, which is currently in final contract
preparation phase, and
this job announcement does not preclude of the acceptance of the
Frequent interactions with other modelling and observing groups
taking part in
this European project are foreseen.
Ideally this work will
start in January
2012, but the timing can be shifted by a few months if
necessary. Salary will
depend on the previous experience and C.V. of the successful
agreement with legal and employer regulations.
Please send relevant information (C.V., list of publications
inquiries to Gerhard Krinner (email@example.com; +33 4 76
82 42 44;
http://lgge.osug.fr) and Philippe Ciais (firstname.lastname@example.org).
recent publications of this group:
D., G. Krinner, P. Ciais, M. Heimann & S. Zimov (2008)
permafrost carbon to global warming. Part I: model description
and role of heat
generated by organic matter decomposition. Tellus
Series B-Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 60, 250-264.
D., P. Ciais, G. Krinner, S. Zimov, C. Corradi & G.
Vulnerability of permafrost carbon to global warming. Part II:
permafrost carbon stock to global warming. Tellus
Series B-Chemical and Physical Meteorology, 60, 265-275.
D., P. Ciais, G. Krinner & S. Zimov (2008) Vulnerability
of east Siberia's
frozen carbon stores to future warming. Geophysical
Letters, 35, L10703.
Koven, C., P.
Friedlingstein, P. Ciais, D. Khvorostyanov, G. Krinner
& C. Tarnocai (2009) On the formation of high-latitude
soil carbon stocks:
Effects of cryoturbation and insulation by organic matter in a
model. Geophysical Research
C. D., B. Ringeval, P. Friedlingstein, P. Ciais, P. Cadule, D.
G. Krinner & C. Tarnocai (2011) Permafrost carbon-climate
accelerate global warming. Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of