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[Met-jobs] Two post-doctoral positions in land-atmosphere modeling

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Mon, 14 May 2012 18:54:19 +0000

Two post-doctoral positions in land-atmosphere modeling with a focus on (1) 
carbon dynamics of land use and land-cover change and (2) climate interactions 
and forest management.

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE, 
Gif-sur-Yvette). LSCE is a joint research unit of the Commissariat à L’Energie 
Atomique (CEA), the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and a 
regional university (UVSQ). CEA and CNRS are two major research agencies in 
France. LSCE employs 90 permanent researchers, 60 technical and administrative 
staff and over 100 PhD students and post-docs covering 30 different 
nationalities. Their research mission is to contribute to a better 
understanding of the interactions between human activities in the Earth System, 
environment and climate dynamics at different time scales.

LSCE is divided into three research departments, dealing with: tracers in the 
environment, climate analysis and modelling, and global biogeochemistry. 
Interactions between these departments creates a stimulating intellectual 
environment. The teams, in which the successful candidates will be employed, 
are interdisciplinary and aim at bringing more and better life sciences into 
climate and biogeochemistry modelling and improving the representation of 
land-cover dynamics and impacts on the carbon cycle. In this respect, the 
positions will open new synergies between two out of three departments of the 

Position 1 will conduct research as part of LSCE’s involvement in the EU FP7 
GEOCARBON research program.  The candidate will be involved with model 
simulations that concentrate on the ORCHIDEE dynamic global vegetation model. 
Carbon fluxes for forests and pastureland will be tracked from various 
land-cover change scenarios, and the transformation of carbon from forests to 
product pools. Satellite remote sensing and land-use statistics (i.e., FAO) 
will be used within a model data assimilation and benchmarking framework. The 
position is available for up to 24 months with a possibility of an extension.

Position 2 will strengthen an ERC research team that aims to quantify and 
understand the role of forest management in mitigating climate change. 
Specifically, the team wants to challenge the current focus on the carbon cycle 
and replace it with a total climate impact approach. Climate response of forest 
will be quantified by means of albedo, evapotranspiration, greenhouse gas 
sources and sinks and their resulting climate feedback mechanisms. The 
successful candidate will merge and test four new model developments (two 
biophysical, one biogeochemical and one anthropogenic module) and prepare 
coupled simulations. The position is available for up to 30 months.

The major focus of both positions is placed on research and to a lesser extent 
supervision of research students. The successful candidates will thus reinforce 
and widen the expertise of the team while strengthening synergies within the 
LSCE. Research duties include literature study, data processing, model 
development (ORCHIDEE), model validation (ORCHIDEE-IPSL; a coupled climate 
land-surface model), participation in scientific conferences and publication in 
peer reviewed international journals. The successful candidates will be 
encouraged to generate external funding in her/his area and as such contribute 
to further establishing the team.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research we are seeking for highly 
motivated individuals with a Ph.D. and broad interest in natural sciences, more 
specifically, forest ecology (biogeochemistry, land management, ecosystem 
services), climatology (boundary layer, albedo, roughness length, cloud 
formation) and their mutual interactions. Rather than for a specific training, 
we are looking for a candidate who is able to demonstrate her/his ability to 
publish peer-reviewed papers and communicate in English. Priority will be given 
to candidates who can demonstrate experience in programming, statistical 
analysis and manipulating large data sets. Of special relevance is proven 
ability to be dynamic, creative, open and work collaboratively with a team of 

There are no specified forms. All applications and inquiries should be sent to 
Sebastiaan Luyssaert (, Ben Poulter 
( and Philippe Peylin 
( In your cover letter, specify whether the 
application is for Position 1 and/or Position 2, and include a curriculum vita, 
a 1-page statement of research interests and expertise, and names, addresses, 
phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Position is available 
three months after selection of the candidate and will remain open until 
filled. Continuous review of applications starts June 8th, 2012. Salary follows 
national directives and is adjusted for work experience.

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