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[Met-jobs] Post-doc: Modelling the impact of storms in the land surface model ORCHIDEE

From Sebastiaan Luyssaert <>
Date Mon, 08 Jul 2013 17:10:51 +0200

Modelling the impact of storms in the land surface model ORCHIDEE

We are recruiting for a post-doctoral position to play a key part in building the capacity for modelling the impact of storms in the land surface model ORCHIDEE. The role is for 24 months and is based at the LSCE in France. Research time needs to be spent in France and Sweden as the successful candidate will be the integrator of this bilateral project.

Capacity building for modelling the impact of storms is an exciting development to the land surface scheme ORCHIDEE. This task will involve: (1) downscaling high resolution wind fields, (2) developing a storm module for ORCHIDEE based the existing stand-level model ForestGALES, (3) modelling the structural and functional effects of wind storms including weathering, drainage and run-off in addition to the more typical effects on stand structure and validating the simulations against existing field observations, and (4) a regional attribution study of the effects of wind storms as a function of gap size and storm frequency.

From an administrative point of view the position will be based at the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (LSCE, Orme-les-Merisiers, Gif-sur-Yvette, France). The successful candidate, however, will be required to spend substantial time in Sweden at SLU (Uppsala and Alnarp) and Lund University (Lund). As well as in France at the LSCE (Gif sur Yvette) and INRA (Bordeaux).

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research we are seeking for a highly motivated individual with a PhD degree in for example forestry, ecology, environmental modelling or related topics. A broad interest in natural sciences more specifically terrestrial ecology and biogeochemistry is essential. Rather than for a specific training, we are looking for a candidate who is able to demonstrate her/his ability to understand coupled biogeochemical cycles and develop code (Fortran 90), publish manuscripts in peer review journals and establish and maintain communication between five researchers across two countries.

Send your letter of motivation, a description of a recently solved scientific problem (1/2 page), contact information of 3 referees and your cv to Deadline the applications is 30/08/2013, contract starts at 01/01/2014.

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