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Date Tue, 19 Mar 2013 15:36:48 +0100

Atmospheric Science - Post-Doctoral Position


Empirical Statistical Downscaling of Climate Forecasts for Renewable Energy Climate Services



The Climate Forecasting Unit (CFU) at IC3 seeks a climate scientist with experience in statistical downscaling to formulate local seasonal to decadal ensemble predictions applicable to the renewable energy sector.


The successful applicant will downscale the output of a battery of coarse-resolution global climate models (CGCM) to produce local climate predictive information using variables like the sea level pressure to predict wind and solar variables. These variables will then be used by the climate services team at the CFU to interact with the renewable energy sector to understand and manage climate related risks and opportunities.


The applicant should have experience in developing and implementing empirical statistical downscaling techniques, especially focused toward the application in climate impact studies. Applicants should show an interest in advancing the understanding and evaluation of statistical downscaling in a climate prediction context. He/she will examine the strengths and limitations of several statistical downscaling techniques by quantitatively assessing the extent to which downscaled datasets add value to the output of state-of-the-art global climate forecast systems. He/she will produce peer-reviewed publications, present results at scientific/non-scientific conferences, and write clear and succinct briefing documents for IC3’s renewable energy climate service.


The person appointed will be involved in several European FP7 projects and his/her activity be positioned within the context of WMOs Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). The aim of both the FP7 projects and the GFCS is to advance climate predictions and modelling to provide actionable seasonal to decadal climate information to key sectors of society. This position therefore presents the opportunity to work alongside a wide range of leading, international climate scientists delivering cutting-edge climate science and climate services across Europe.




Applicants must have a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, applied statistics, or a related field. Ideal candidates will have several of the following attributes:
previous experience in working with and analysing global climate model outputs;
multivariate statistical climate data analysis skills;
• previous experience in applying climate information within the context of climate impact studies;
a strong understanding of and experience with statistical downscaling techniques for climate data;
advanced programming skills using R, cdo, nco, fortran and/or python.
excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
knowledge of weather regimes / types and their teleconnections
a willingness and temperament to facilitate the communication bridge between climate scientists/modellers, climate impacts researchers, and users of downscaled climate products from local, state, and federal agencies, industry, and non-profit organisations.

Initial contract will be for 1 year, with a possibility for extension. 

The salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. It is hoped that the candidate could start early 2013.

Further details about the goals and partnerships of IC3 can be found at,


Include a CV accompanied with a brief statement (max. 1 page) of interest and experience

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