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[Met-jobs] Post Doc position with the Climate Division of Meteo-France (France)

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.rdg.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Fri, 30 Sep 2011 14:41:13 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Applications are invited for a 9 months post-doctoral position starting
in February 1st, 2012 or asap after that date, to work on
the following topic: “ Impacts des facteurs climatiques sur la
production des vecteurs du paludisme en zone rurale du Sahel et
stratégies d’adaptation” (acronym of the project : PALUCLIM) under the
responsability of the “Centre National de Recherches
Météorologiques - Groupe d’Etude de l’Atmosphère Météorologique” a
center for research within the French meteorological service
(Météo-France, CNRM-GAME, URA1357, Toulouse, France) and the Climatology
Department (Météo-France, Toulouse, France).

The deadline for application is the 31th October 2011.

Context:

Météo-France is funded for PALUCLIM following the call from GICC
“Gestion des Impacts du Changement Climatique” (climate change,
risks and societal impacts

France is particularly concerned by environmental changes associated
with climate variability and change and pluridisciplinary
impacts. This is particularly true when public health is concerned ,
since vectors and reservoirs for infectious diseases may
found more favourable conditions to extend and propagate. One of the
objective of Paluclim is to understand the mechanisms
involved with malaria epidemics, using a combined remote-sensing and
in-situ approach and implying several disciplines, i.e.,
meteorology, climatology, hydrology, entomology, environmental sciences,
cattle farming and health information systems, among
others. The pilot project and its conceptual approach is conducted in
district of Nouna in Burkina Fasso and is meant to be
applied to other places such as southern Europe or northern rim of the
Mediterranean Basin.

Work description:

The work plan for the selected candidate will include the following
steps : - get acquainted with modelling and statistical
techniques for seasonal or monthly forecasts in general and more
specifically over western Africa during the summer monsoon; -
using downscaling techniques (based on automatic classification,
multiple regression) to apply the seasonal or monthly forecast
to Burkina Fasso; - developing a downscaling tool in ensuring its
possible reuse in other territories as West Africa, overseas
French departments or Europe. - participate in real-time to the release
of risks map in Burkina Fasso The product is to be shared
to decision makers involved with end users depending on health
information in Burkina Fasso. Automatically, seasonal forecasts
products are also to be put on-line though the dedicated website:
redgems.org to facilitate access.

Required qualifications:

1) A Ph.D. in meteorology / hydrologic or environmental sciences, or a
valid engineer diploma . 2) An expertise computing
languages. 3) A good experience in statistical techniques 4) influent in
both French and English practical information:

The successful applicant will be based at the Climatology Department of
Météo-France (Toulouse, France), near another group also
involved in the project : CNRM (National Meteorological Research Center)
with possibility of on-site lodging. The position will
start on February 1st 2012, or asap after that date and for a 9 month
duration.

Stipend depends on level of expertise and follows CNRS rules: gross
salary around 2300 euros/month (possibly more according to
the candidate’s experience)

In order to be fully considered the application letter must include a
detailed statement of research interest, along with the
most recent curriculum vitae with two recommendations. The package
should be sent via E-mail before the 31th of October 2011 to:
<yvestourre@aol.com>, <michel.deque@meteo.fr>,
<philippe.dandin@meteo.fr> and <jean-michel.soubeyroux@meteo.fr>

For more information, please contact Dr. Yves Tourre Météo-France,
Direction de la Climatologie 42 avenue G. Coriolis 31057
Toulouse cedex 1 France Tel. : +33 (0)5 61 07 81 49 Fax : +33 (0)5 61 07
83 09 Email : yvestourre@aol.com



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