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[Met-jobs] CORDEX Postdoc Position at the University of Cape Town (South Africa)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
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Date Sat, 8 Jun 2013 17:02:38 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

CORDEX and Regional Climate Change Projections for Africa
Climate System Analysis Group
University of Cape Town
South Africa

Start date: Available for immediate appointment, or soonest possible.
Duration: 2 years, annually renewable.
Remuneration: negotiable depending on qualifications and experience

A post-doctoral fellowship is available focusing on the Africa
activities related to WCRP CORDEX program (see
<> for details). CORDEX is a global program to
develop multi-model and multi-method downscaled projections of climate
change, using Regional Climate Models (RCMs) and Empirical Statistical
Downscaling (ESD) methods. CSAG plays a key role in CORDEX that includes
coordination of the analysis of CORDEX-Africa results, leading the
statistical downscaling initiative, contributing RCM and ESD results, as
well as contributing to the overall CORDEX science development and

The focus of the post-doc is flexible and offers a choice of
opportunities from a diverse set of research themes centered on
developing, analyzing and using multi-model multi-method climate
projection data. Opportunities include topics such as integrating
multi-model data, exploring uncertainty and likelihood, scale
dependencies, model evaluation, limits to predictability, translation to
stakeholder relevance, projections of changes in climate processes,
feedbacks, application in adaptation activities, etc.

Requirements: You should have submitted your PhD thesis or have
graduated with your PhD within the last 5 years. You will ideally have
familiarity with climate modeling, strong skills in analysis of climate
data, competency in statistical methods, and programming ability. A
willingness to travel within Africa and proficiency in English is important.

What to expect: You will have broad scope to develop a research profile
within the objectives of the CORDEX program. You will have access to
excellent computing resources, and a multi-disciplinary environment that
is strongly collaborative with a diversity of interests. There is strong
support for engaging with regional, national, and international partners.

About CSAG: CSAG is a vibrant multi-disciplinary research group at the
University of Cape Town (ranked in the top 100 universities for Earth
science <>), located in one of the most
beautiful places in the world! The group has a strong track record in
addressing climate-related issues. Research foci span atmospheric
physics, climate analysis, climate modeling and seasonal forecasting, as
well as engagement with climate change impacts and adaptation and
developing support for stakeholders on climate data use and climate
change issues. Currently CSAG runs multiple GCMs and RCMs, and is a
strong developer of ESD. CSAG is involved in international partnerships
and major international activities, and has three members who are
authors in the IPCC. Within Africa, CSAG plays a leading role in the
research activities on the continent, and in delivering climate
information to users.

To apply: Submit applications by email to <>.
Include a brief letter of motivation outlining your interests, a full CV
(no certificates), and the names, email and telephone details of 3
referees. You are also welcome to email with additional questions.

Prof. Bruce Hewitson
DST Research Chair in Climate Change
Climate System Analysis Group
University of Cape Town

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