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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral research position in climate prediction

From Caio Augusto dos Santos Coelho <>
Date Wed, 30 Jan 2013 11:56:09 -0200

Postdoctoral research scientist at CPTEC/INPE

We are recruiting a postdoctoral research scientist to work at the
interface between climate science and applied statistics. The
scientist will develop empirical near-term climate predictions and
also apply post-processing techniques for combining and calibrating
predictions produced by physically-based dynamical models.
Verification of these predictions against observations will also be
conducted by the scientist.

The post is funded by the EU-funded FP7 SPECS project
(Seasonal-to-decadal climate Prediction for the improvement of
European Climate Services, The post
will be based at CPTEC/INPE, which is one of the 20 SPECS project
research partners, in Cachoeira Paulista, SP, Brazil. The Centre for
Weather Forecasts and Climate Studies (CPTEC) is part of the Brazilian
National Institute for Space Research (INPE). CPTEC is one of the 12
Global Producing Centres for Long Range Forecasts (GPCs) designated by
the World Meteorological Organization (WMO,
and produces weather forecasts and climate predictions through
research and operational activities since 1995. Around 300 research,
operational, technical support and administrative staff work at CPTEC
in Cachoeira Paulista. The working languages at CPTEC are Portuguese
and English. For additional information please visit

The post will offer excellent opportunity to collaborate with
scientist from leading European climate institutions such as the IC3
climate centre in Barcelona, the Exeter Climate Systems research
centre at the University of Exeter, the Dutch national weather service
KNMI, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of
Reading, the UK Met Office and ECMWF.

Applicants must have a PhD in Meteorology, Oceanography, Physics,
Statistics, Mathematics or related discipline. Successful candidates
will have demonstrated the ability to perform independent research and
publish articles in peer-reviewed journals. Some knowledge in climate
science, good knowledge of multivariate statistics, ability to handle
large datasets, expertise in programming in the statistical language
R, and cross-disciplinary communication skills are highly desirable.

GROSS SALARY (before tax deduction in Brazilian Reais): Ranging from
R$ 6000 to R$7000 per month, depending on professional experience.

CONTRACT PERIOD: Two years (1+1), with possibility of further extension.

START DATE: As soon as possible.

HOW TO APPLY:  Please send your CV, covering letter and the details of
three referees including their e-mail addresses to Dr. Caio Coelho,

CLOSING DATE: Applications will be accepted until the position is
filled. Evaluation of received CVs will start in February 2013.

For further information and/or informal queries about this post please
contact Dr. Caio Coelho,

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