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[Met-jobs] Postdoc Position at the Climate Forecasting Unit (CFU) - IC3 (Spain)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Mon, 24 Oct 2011 07:44:08 +0000

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LOCATION: IC3 headquarters in Barcelona, Spain

ENVIRONMENT: IC3 is a climate research institute created by the
Government of Catalonia in 2008. IC3's main scientific goal is to assess
and understand climate variability and change at both global and
regional scales to improve both predictions and projections. Linked to
this goal, IC3 works on understanding and simulating how global change
modulates variability and change in society and ecosystems. IC3's
mandate is to become a leading international centre for climate research
in Europe, with a regional focus on the Mediterranean area. IC3 will
mainly develop top-quality research on basic and applied climate
sciences, while informing society and stakeholders on future climate
risks. Working languages of IC3 are English, Catalan and Spanish. For
details, see <>.

There is growing interest in the implications of climate variability and
change from a season to a few decades ahead. Reliable predictive climate
information is critical to ensure that costly adaptation measures to
climate variability and change are well justified. The Climate
Forecasting Unit (CFU, see <> for details) is
led by Dr. Francisco Doblas–Reyes, and undertakes research on the
development and assessment of dynamical and statistical methods for the
prediction of global climate on time scales ranging from months to decades.

MAIN DUTIES: The successful applicant will investigate the
predictability and actual forecast quality of seasonal-to-interannual
ensemble predictions carried out with the dynamical global climate model
EC-Earth. The applicant will be involved in developments within the
EC-Earth consortium to carry out initialized seasonal-to-interannual
ensemble simulations. The development and implementation of
initialization strategies will be a main focus of the job. Outstanding
opportunities exist for collaboration with other European research

expected to have:
•    A Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Physical Oceanography or related
•    Experience in climate dynamics and climate modelling
•    Experience in working with climate dynamical models, code
parallelization, climate prediction and dealing with different data formats
•    Good programming skills in Fortran90 and Linux, while knowledge of
python scripting and the use of the R language will be highly valued
•    Fluency in spoken and written English; fluency in other European
languages will be also valued

The incumbent will be part of a new and enthusiastic cutting-edge
research group. The candidate should be able to work as an active and
collaborative team member to help in the delivery of shared objectives,
to communicate clearly with a range of colleagues of varying levels of
technical and scientific competence. The possibility of scheduling the
tasks as a part-time job can also be considered.

REMUNERATION: Annual gross salary within the range of 27,600 € (IC3
salary level S11) to 30.600 € Euros (IC3 salary level S13). In
principle, the successful applicant will be engaged at the lowest step
of the grade of the post for which he/she has been selected.
Exceptionally, recruitment may be at a higher level when this is
justified by qualifications and experience. A deduction of 6.35% will be
made for the Spanish health and social public insurance system. In order
to calculate net salary figures, an additional tax deduction of around
15% (depending on the salary level) should be applied . A tax free food
allowance of 1,320 €/year should be added to the previous figures.

LENGTH OF CONTRACT: Two years, renewable (2+2).

STARTING DATE: The position starts preferably during the fourth quarter
of 2011, or as soon as possible after that date.

APPLICATIONS: The application form and aptitude test should be
downloaded from IC3's website <>. Applicants should
fill in the application form and the aptitude test and email both of
them to <>, indicating IC3-CFU-2011-03 on the "Subject".

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be accepted until the position is
filled, although the evaluation of the first candidates will start in
November 2011. Please, check the status of the offer on the
corresponding link of the IC3 web site.

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