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[Met-jobs] Open position for a 2-year post-doctoral position in ocean-atmosphere modelling and analysis

From sebastien masson <>
Cc sebastien masson <>
Date Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:24:00 +0100

Open position for a 2-year post-doctoral position in ocean-atmosphere modelling and analysis at LOCEAN-IPSL (Pierre and Marie Curie Paris University, France).

The successful candidate will work at LOCEAN-IPSL in the tropical climate variability team for a project started in February 2012. She/He will join a group of physical oceanographers, climate modellers and engineers to participate in a multi-year project funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR).

This project focuses on new pathways toward a better representation of the multi-scale physics that drive climate variability. We are targeting to identify and quantify the key upscaling mechanisms taking place in coastal upwelling areas (mainly the southeastern Pacific and the Arabian Sea), which hold the climate models strongest biases in the Tropics. Our approach aims at building a modeling platform for multi-scale ocean-atmosphere coupled simulations, by introducing embedded high–resolution oceanic and atmospheric zooms in key regions of a global climate model. This new tool is designed to explore the impact of the highest spatial resolution not yet approachable by the current climate models and investigate the role of selected upscaling processes.

The successful candidate must show an interest in atmospheric sciences, air-sea interaction or tropical climate variability. She/He will analyse and participate to the scientific valorisation of the different simulations realised within the project (ocean-atmosphere stand alone or coupled simulations at different resolutions). the exact planning of the work is open for discussion but the candidate should, among other tasks, focus on the impact of upscaling mechanisms on phenomenon occurring in the Indian Ocean at times scale ranging from intraseasonal to interannual (MJO/ISO, Monsoon, IOD…).

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences or in a related field, such as climate sciences. Previous experience with atmospheric or climate models or multivariate statistical climate data analysis tools are highly desirable. Programming skills to manipulate and analyze large data sets is also highly appreciated. Knowledge of the WRF regional atmospheric model is a plus.

Interested applicants should email a curriculum vita and names and contact information for two references to Sebastien Masson: smasson at

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