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[Met-jobs] IC3 - Post-Doctoral Position in Arctic sea ice cover prediction on seasonal to decadal timescales

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Date Tue, 18 Dec 2012 19:52:38 +0100

Post-Doctoral Position in Arctic sea ice cover prediction on seasonal to
decadal timescales


IC3 Headquarters in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain


The Institut Català de Ciències del Clima (IC3) is a climate institution
created by the Government of Catalunya and the University of Barcelona,
aiming at understanding climate change and variability, the dynamics and
theory underlying those changes and the impact on society. IC3 focus on
the Mediterranean regions, tropical Africa, South America and Southeast

The Climate Forecasting Unit (CFU) undertakes research to forecast
global climate variations from one month to several years into the
future (also known as seasonal-to-decadal prediction). The unit members
also investigate the impact of climate variability in socio-economic
sectors, and the management of such risk via the development of climate
services for renewable energy, insurance, etc.

For details, see and

We are looking to recruit a 24 month full-time Climate Scientist to
investigate the seasonal to decadal predictability of the Arctic Sea ice
cover and its impact on the European Climate. The successful applicant
will be heavily involved in:
- The nationally funded PICA-ICE project (Previsión Interanual de la
Cubierta de hielo marino del Ártico y su impacto en el Clima Europeo;
- The EU-funded SPECS Project (Seasonal-to-decadal climate Prediction
for the improvement of European Climate Services,
- The UK-funded APPOSITE project (Arctic Predicatability and Prediction
On Seasonal to Interannual Timescales).


The successful applicant will perform statistical analyses on the most
recent observational datasets and reanalyses to extract the mechanisms
driving the Arctic sea ice cover variability and its relation to the
European climate. The candidate will assess their predictability in a
perfect model ‘approach’, which consists in assessing to which extent a
model is able to reproduce its own variability. He/she will estimate the
actual forecast skill in retrospective predictions. The core of the
tasks will consist in the statistical analysis of the large amount of
already available data. At a later stage, sensitivity experiments can be
designed and run by the successful applicant depending on the initial
results from statistical analyses. The simulations to be analysed have
been produced with the EC-Earth climate model, which includes LIM2 sea
ice model. They can also be repeated at a later stage with both LIM3 and
GELATO6 sea ice model.


- Ph.D. in climate sciences, applied statistics or a related field.
Degree in a climate-related science.
- Previous experience in working with and analyzing climate models outputs.
- Knowledge about the Arctic climate.
- Statistical climate data analysis skills.
- Advanced programming skills using R, cdo, nco, and/or phyton.
- Good verbal and written communication skills in English.
- Good team-working skills.


The position is opened for 24 months and starts in early 2013. Gross
salary 27.500 – 30.500 EU per year.

To apply, please send your CV accompanied with a brief statement (max. 1
page) of interest and experience with the following subject “Application
for the Post-Doctoral PICA-ICE position” by e-mail to

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