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[Met-jobs] post-doc position in paleoclimate modelling at the Universite catholique de Louvain in Louvain la Neuve Belgium

From André Berger <>
Date Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:45:18 +0100

The Universite catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium) is seeking 1 post-doctoral climate scientist for palaeoclimate modelling for the period July 2012 to October 2013

The candidate holds a PhD in sciences and with an orientation in climatology, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, and a pronounced interest for palaeoclimates. Previous experience of running large computer codes and model output post-processing and visualization is necessary.  Previous experience on palaeoclimates and palaeoclimate data is desirable. The candidate has a good knowledge of Fortran, Unix environment and shell-scripting.  The candidate has a good knowledge of English.

Job description
Duties are carried out under the responsibility of André Berger ( in the context of the European Research Council Advanced Grant 'EMIS' (An Intense Summer Monsoon in a Cool World, Climate and East Asian monsoon during interglacials with a special emphasis on the Interglacials 500,000 years ago and before, for more information
The candidate will investigate the climate response to the astronomical, greenhouse gas concentrations and ice sheets forcings for the interglacials of the past 800,000 years. A particular attention will be paid on the tropical monsoon systems and their interactions with the other components of the climate system.  The methodology relies on plans of experiments with general circulation model(s). 

Career opportunities
The candidate will be employed on fix-term contract (net salary of about 2000 Euros per month, exempt from taxes and with full social security). European Research Council projects are high-profile initiatives with the ambition of developing a growing research agenda and environment, proper to provide a stimulating working environment to the candidate for several years at least.

The candidate will be formally employed by the Universite catholique de Louvain, within the 'Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research'. This institute is a sought-after centre of excellence with a particular expertise in the astronomical theory of paleoclimates and in the development of Earth system models of intermediate complexity. The candidate will also benefit from a close collaboration with a team involved in another ERC grant ITOP (Integrating Theory and Observations over the Pleistocene,

The Centre is located in the multi-cultural town of Louvain-la-Neuve, approximately 35 km South of Brussels in Belgium.  The most common language in town and in the University is French but English is fluently used.

Candidates may apply with a CV, motivation letter, and names of 3 potential referees
at their earliest convenience to, with subject subject 'JOB -EMIS - MONSOON'. The referees will not be contacted without an advance notification to the candidate. Dead line for submission is July 1, 2012.

Université catholique de Louvain
Georges Lemaître Center for Earth and Climate Research
(formely Institut d'Astronomie et de Géophysique G. Lemaître)
Marc de Hemptinne
Chemin du Cyclotron 2, bte L7.01.11
Tel. +32-10-47 33 03
Fax +32-10-47 47 22

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