|From||"Roger Brugge" <email@example.com>|
|Date||Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:32:58 +0000|
Forwarded from CLIMLIST... A 3 year postdoc position is available within the German Science Foundation project “Attribution of Forced and internal Chinese climate variability in the Common era”. PIs are Dr. Luterbacher (Department of Geography, University of Giessen); Dres. Zorita and Wagner (Department of Paleoclimatology of the Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum-Geesthacht, HZG) and Dr. J. Jungclaus (The Ocean in the Earth System Department, Max- Planck- Institute for Meteorology Hamburg, MPI-M). The working place is Department of Geography, Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany (Dr. J. Luterbacher). Starting date is January 2014. Project description: The project reconstructs and analyses the climate variability in China during the last millennium using climate proxy records and climate simulations, with the main goal of separating forced versus internal climatic variations in a formal detection and attribution study. The wealth of natural and documentary proxy information will be used and apply advanced statistical reconstructions methods, including Bayesian Hierarchical Modelling (BHM). A product will be a gridded temperature and precipitation dataset that allows for a consistent and regionally structured view of climate evolution over the past 1000 years over China. Emphasis will be given to summer-monsoon-related climatic variations. We will make use of global paleoclimate simulations from the CMPI5/PMIP3 data base and analyse the ensemble of other existing last millennium simulations with the models ECHO-G (HZG), ECHAM5-MPIOM, and MPI-ESM (MPI-M). The ensemble includes a suite of simulations with different prescribed boundary conditions and is suitable to identify and disentangle the impact of the past individual forcings. The global simulations will be augmented by one high-resolution regional simulation with the model CLM (HZG) that allow for a better representation of the interaction between the global external forcing, large-scale climate drivers (e.g. ENSO, the Asian Monsoon, and their interaction with the regional characteristics (topography, land-sea contrast, land-use). The output will allow to estimate the sensitivity of the climate in China to variations in external forcing and to test the skill of climate models in simulating past climate changes. Further, a detection and attribution analysis of regional climate variability for the past millennium will be performed. The project will help constrain the uncertainties in the regional climate projections for China (including the monsoon regions) by taking into account the external global drivers, the regional forcings and the large-scale modification of landscape due to human activities. Duties: The postdoctoral researcher will generate a multi-proxy based gridded high temporal and spatial reconstruction using Bayesian hierarchical modelling for the past millennium for China. Reconstructed temperature and precipitation variability in China will be compared with GCM and RCM simulations provided by MPI-M and HZG to better understand the physical mechanisms responsible for the forced and unforced climate variability. Detection/Attribution of forced climatic responses in China over the past 1000 years will be performed. The work will be published in the peer reviewed scientific literature. It will be performed in close collaboration with Dres. Zorita and Wagner (HZG) and Dr. J. Jungclaus (MPI-M). The project work has also strong links with other research teams in Europe (Edinburgh, Prof. G. Hegerl; Bjerknes Center Bergen, Prof. E. Jansen; Madrid, Prof. F.J. Gonzalez-Rouco; Murcia, Dr. E. Garcia-Bustamante) and China (Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Beijing, Proff. Q. Ge and Z. Hao; Key Laboratory of Desert and Desertification and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou University, Prof. B. Yang; Research School of Arid Environment and Climate Change, Lanzhou University, Prof. F. Chen). Requirements: Candidates should hold a PhD in natural sciences with experience in paleoclimatological applications and a strong background in statistical analysis or a PhD in statistics/mathematics ideally with experience in paleoclimatology. Experience in handling large data sets and statistical modelling are envisaged. Experience in project management and ability to work efficiently in multidisciplinary environment are essential. Applicants must provide evidence of high quality research and a very good publication record in peer-reviewed journals. The successful applicant will be expected to publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and participate in international conferences and spend some time with the project partners in Germany and other research teams abroad. A motivated, well organized, creative and enthusiastic team-player is much appreciated. Pay scale grouping follows the “Tarifvertrag Hessen” (TV-H). Duration of the postdoctoral research position is 36 months, starting is January 2014. Applicants should prepare a CV, motivation letter (1 page), qualifications, publication list and contact details of three referees: Please note that only an electronic version of the application in one single pdf file will be considered. Please send your application to Prof. Juerg Luterbacher (Juerg.firstname.lastname@example.org). Deadline of the application end of August 2013. Severely handicapped persons with comparable occupational qualification are favourably considered. Application documents will not be returned to applicants. Prof. Juerg Luterbacher, PhD Head for Climatology, Climate Dynamics and Climate Change Justus Liebig University of Giessen Senckenbergstrasse 1 (neues Schloss) D-35390 Giessen Germany
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