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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Research Grant - Extratropical cyclones

From Margarida Lopes Rodrigues Liberato <>
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Date Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:34:14 +0000

The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) opens a call to 
attribute one Post-doc research fellowship (BPD) 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:

Scientific Area: Earth and Atmosphere Sciences

Academic background and skills required:

The ideal candidate should hold a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental 
Engineering or similar, with solid knowledge and experience in Climate 
Dynamics, Diagnosis, Modelling of Dynamical Processes and/or analysis and risk 
assessment 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), synoptic scale features (e.g. 
blockings, cut-off lows, storm-tracks) and experience on mesoscale modelling. 
Good programming skills in FORTRAN and MATLAB are required. It is an 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.

Applications should be submitted by 20-01-2014.

More information through email and also on:

Best regards,

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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