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[Met-jobs] postdoc announcement

From Hervé Douville <>
Date Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:27:29 +0200

Dear colleague,
Could you please advertize the following postdoc opening at CNRM-GAME.
Best regards,
Hervé Douville


Applications are invited for a 12-month postdoctoral position starting in January 2012, in the climate research group of the CNRM-GAME in Toulouse (France) to work on the following subject: "Multi-model analysis of cold spells and heat waves over Europe in CMIP5 global climate scenarios". The deadline for application is November 30th 2011.


This position is funded by the French ANR (National Research Agency). The SECIF project principally targets the implementation of a service for the industrial sector using examples from both energy and water sectors but it could be generalized later to other sectors. More precisely, it consists in identifying: - the needs of the industrial sectors in terms of climate change vulnerability; - the level of appropriate information that climatologists will have to provide in order to deal with the industrial needs; - the actors organisation that will be able to face those needs using the association of industrial companies, research institutes, consulting and knowledge companies.

One goal of the project is to assess the confidence level associated to the model results and the limits of the exercise dedicated to the industrial vulnerability aspects. At CNRM-GAME, this question will be addressed using both a multi-model analysis of present-day performance and future projections of CMIP5 models regarding the simulation of cold spells and heat waves over Europe, as well as possible case studies using the Arpège-Climat atmospheric GCM driven by prescribed sea surface temperature in order to assess the reproducibility of recent climate extremes over Europe (e.g. cold winter 2009-2010, dry spring 2011).

Besides CMIP5 model outputs, more idealized experiments (CFMIP2) using the same atmospheric GCMs driven by prescribed SST anomalies (uniform +4K warming or CMIP3 multi-model ensemble mean pattern) will be also analysed in order to better understand the uncertainties in the response of daily minimum and maximum temperatures over Europe. Moreover, a weather regime approach will be used to partition the model errors (model minus observations) and responses (future minus present-day climate) into large-scale circulation and regional (e.g. cloud and land-surface) processes.

Work description:

The proposed work will mainly consist in the following tasks :
1) Select and prepare the monthly and daily observations and model outputs necessary for the study; 2) Implement statistical tools such as a cluster analysis of daily geopotential height over North Atlantic (weather regimes) and lead-lag composite analyses; 3) Develop and apply process-oriented diagnostics for the understanding of both model biases and projections of temperature variability over Europe; 4) Write project reports and scientific articles, and give presentations in SECIF meetings and international conferences.

Required qualifications:
1) A Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or an engineer diploma obtained before the date of the application.
2) An expertise in Fortran and Unix, and an experience in high computing.
3) A good practice in French or English languages.
An experience in climate modelling and/or in statistics will be welcome.

Practical information:
The successful applicant will be contracted by Météo-France and will be based at the “Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques - Groupe d’Etude de l’Atmosphère Météorologique” (Toulouse, France) within the climate research group. The opened position will start in January 2012 for a 12-month duration with a possible 4-month extension. The net salary will be from 2000 to 2800 euros per month depending on qualifications.

For full consideration, an application letter including a detailed statement of research interest, along with a curriculum vitae (including research experience, publications and conferences, computing skill and different language practises) and the names, telephone and email address of 2 referees should be sent by email before November 30th 2011 to:
with copy to:

For more details about this call, please contact:

Hervé Douville
Météo-France, CNRM/GMGEC/VDR
42 avenue G. Coriolis
31057 Toulouse cedex 1
Tel. : +33 (0)5 61 07 96 25
Fax : +33 (0)5 61 07 96 10
Email :

For more details about CNRM-GAME climate research activities, please visit :


42, avenue G. Coriolis, 31057 Toulouse, FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)5 61 07 96 25
Fax: +33 (0)5 61 07 96 10

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