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[Met-jobs] Post-doc at LMD/IPSL (Paris, France) on “Regional to Urban Scale Air Quality"

From Myrto Valari <>
Cc Myrto Valari <>, Laurent Menut <>
Date Wed, 2 Nov 2011 13:19:49 +0100

Job title: Post-doctoral research position on “Regional to Urban Scale Air Quality Modeling, Climate Change and Health Impact”
Location: LMD, Paris, France
Duration: 18 months
Start date: April 1st 2012
Employer: CNRS


Climate change may affect human health through its interaction with air pollutants such as ozone and PM2.5. These air pollutants are linked to climate because they can be both affected by and have effects on climate. In coming decades, substantial, cost-effective improvements in public health may be achieved with well-planned strategies to mitigate climate impacts while also reducing health effects of ozone and PM2.5. To better understand the potential of such strategies, studies are needed that assess possible future health impacts under alternative assumptions about future emissions and climate across multiple spatial scales.

Job description

Upon funding approval of the project Air Quality and Climate Change Health Impact Assessment (ACHIA) by the Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique (GIS), Climat-Environnment-Société, the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD) de l’Institut Pierre et Simon Laplace (IPSL) invites applications for a 18-month research associate to join the air-quality modeling team (InTro). The overall goal of the 2-year ACHIA project  is to apply state of the art climate, air quality, and health modeling tools to assess future health impacts of air pollution under alternative emissions and climate change scenarios consistent with the four Representative Concentration Pathways used in the projections of the Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC, at a range of spatial scales from global to urban. 

The main focus of the Post-doc’s work will be  on the further development and application of downscaling techniques in the air quality modeling system from the large (i.e. 50km resolution) to the regional (10km) and urban (<5km ) scales. The air quality model CHIMERE will be used for this project. It will be forced by the global climate-chemistry model LMDZ-INCA.  The WRF model will be used for the dynamical downscaling of climate fields to regional scale meteorology. Future emission scenarios already available by the IIASA team as part of the GEA initiative will be mapped on the regional and urban scales based on population growth, future energy demand, transportation infrastructure and other available urban planning information. Alternative adaptation scenarios to climate change will be compared with respect to their associated health outcome. The successful candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes climate and air quality modelers, epidemiologists, and statisticians.

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Requirements: Applicants should have a PhD in atmospheric science. The candidate should show a specific interest in air pollution, its interaction with climate and its impacts on human health. Experience in atmospheric modeling is required. The successful candidate will be part of the model development team so she/he should be comfortable with working in a linux environment and programming in fortran and shell script.

Contact: Interested applicants should email a curriculum vitae and contact information for two references to Myrto Valari: and

The Laboratoire de Météorologic Dynamique is a research institution hosted in three university campuses: the Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau, the Ecole Normale Superieure and the Université de Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. It is part of the Institute Pierre et Simon Laplace, a broader public research structure encompassing six laboratories devoted to environmental science in the Paris area. Research at the LMD includes climate, pollution and planetary atmospheres combining theoretical approaches, instrumental development for observations and numerical modeling. It is a state of the art institution in research on the dynamical and physical processes for studies on the evolution and prediction of weather, air-pollution and climate.

Attachment: Postdoc ACHIA AQ.pdf
Description: Adobe PDF document

Myrto Valari
Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique, IPSL
Ecole Polytechnique 91128 Palaiseau Cedex
+33 1 69 33 52 04

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