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[Met-jobs] Post-doc research fellowship

From Margarida Lopes Rodrigues Liberato <>
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Date Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:51:42 +0100

Dear Collegues,

The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) opens a call to attribute one Post-doc research fellowship (BPD) on Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, for 6 months (renewable to up to 24 months depending on the performance of the candidate), within the framework of project entitled Mid-Latitude North Atlantic Extreme Storms Variability: Diagnosis, Modelling Dynamical Processes and Related Impacts on Iberia (STORMEx) (PTDC/AAC-CLI/121339/2010; COMPETE reference: FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-019524), funded by FCT/MCTES (PIDDAC), and co-funded by FEDER, under the following terms:

Academic background and skills required:

The ideal candidate should hold a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences or similar, with solid knowledge in Climate Dynamics, Modelling of Dynamical Processes and impacts of large scale circulation in climate at the regional scale.

We seek preferably individuals with strong background handling large-scale patterns (e.g. ENSO, NAO, PNA, etc) and synoptic scale features (e.g. blockings, cut-off lows, storm-tracks).

Experience on mesoscale modelling and good programming skills in FORTRAN, MATLAB, IDL are required.

It is na advantage to have knowledge on Extreme Value Theory and a high level of familiarization handling large datasets (e.g. ERA40, NCEP/NCAR or ERA-Interim) as well as output from GCMs.

Good knowledge of written and spoken English is essential.

Working plan:

The main purpose of this fellowship is to assist the team achieving the deliverables defined in the STORMEx project (Mid-Latitude North Atlantic Extreme Storms Variability: Diagnosis, Modelling Dynamical Processes and Related Impacts on Iberia).

Thus the candidate will participate in the evaluation of extratropical North Atlantic cyclones in the mid-latitude climate, including its detailed structure and role in moisture transport, and to assess its linkages with extreme events (precipitation and wind) over the Iberia, throughout the last century and in future IPCC scenarios.

These will be achieved by performing mesoscale modelling of historic events as well as using simulations from state-of-the-art GCMs.

The candidate will also contribute to determine how extreme storms and extreme impacts are associated in Iberia and whether this association will be more prone to occur under different climate states, as well as to conduct risk assessment of meteorological hazards and adverse impacts over western Iberia.

Further information on the document attached.

Closing date for applications: 8th May, 2013

Any questions should be directed to Dr. Margarida Liberato (

Dr. Margarida L. R. Liberato
Assistant Professor 
Escola de Ciências e Tecnologia
Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)
Quinta de Prados, Apartado 1013
5001-801 Vila Real * PORTUGAL

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