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[Met-jobs] Post-doctoral position on Decadal climate prediction

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Date Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:03:31 +0100

Post-doctoral position on Decadal Climate Prediction:

A two-year (one year renewable for another year upon mutual agreement) post-doctoral position is available at CERFACS in Toulouse, France, to work on decadal variability and prediction using global coupled climate models.

The post-doctoral position falls within the framework of the new EU FP7 project SPECS (, whose coordinator is F. Doblas-Reyes from IC3, Barcelona, Spain. The work will involve the assembling, running and analysis of experiments with a high resolution coupled ocean-atmosphere General Circulation Model in order to study climate predictability and associated mechanisms at interannual to decadal time scale. The CERFACS team has participated to the near term decadal prediction exercise within the framework of the CMIP5 model intercomparison. The model used to perform all the required simulations was the CNRM-CM5 model developed jointly by Météo-France/CNRM and CERFACS (

The novel aspect of the proposed work within the SPECS project is to address the question of decadal predictability with the use of higher spatial resolution atmospheric (ARPEGE/IFS at a spectral truncature T359~ 50 km) and oceanic (NEMO at 0.25°) models on high performance computing (HPC) platforms (for instance PRACE massively parallel computers such as MareNostrum in Barcelona). The applicant will be in charge of the setup of the decadal experiments (initialization and external forcings) as well as running and analyzing the results (skill assessment and mechanisms involved in predictability for different ocean and land regions).  The applicant will join the Climate Variability group within the Climate Modeling and Global Change Team at CERFACS. The group has a strong expertise in climate variability and change studies, data assimilation and ocean-atmosphere coupling on both scientific and technical aspects (the OASIS coupler). The team benefits from the strong technical support provided by a pool of research engineers who are experts on both software and hardware coupling issues. This work will also involve substantial collaboration with the other SPECS partners.  The position presents an opportunity for a strongly motivated scientist to get involved in a novel and growing domain in climate prediction science in collaboration with all the major European climate predictability centers.

Required qualification: a Ph.D in atmospheric, oceanic, climate or geophysical science as well as working knowledge in unix/linux environment, fortran90 and analysis/graphics tools to analyze large geophysical datasets

Desired qualification: good background in climate variability and predictability, working experience with atmospheric and/or oceanic general circulation models and high-performance computing environment, strong interest in collaborative work in an international setting

Salary: around 2350 Euros/month

Closing date for applications is 15 December 2013.

The interested applicant must send an electronic application with a full CV with a list of scientific publications and a statement of research interests as well as the names and contact details of three reference persons to:

Dr. Laurent Terray, Head of the CERFACS Climate Group
email: terray at
Tel: +33 561193015
Fax: +33 561193000

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