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[Met-jobs] Post-doc Position at the Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:02:13 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Dear Colleagues,

I am offering a post-doc position for a research project dealing with
improvement and validation of cloud microphysics in a regional climate model


PhD with an experience in atmospheric or climate modelling.


The post-doctoral research will be centred on developments of the
regional climate model CCLM ( ) regarding
cloud processes. This model is currently being used at our Institute (
<> ), and is supported by a large network of research
centres in Europe. Cloud and aerosol processes play a major role in
climate and air quality, and improving their representation is of
primary importance to reduce uncertainties in climate projections. The
research will build on existing experience regarding microphysics
schemes and the parameterization of aviation-induced cloudiness. It is
an opportunity to investigate key issues of climate system modelling.

The main tasks of the researcher will all relate to the CCLM model at
convection-permitting scales, and will include:

- Evaluation of one-moment and two-moment microphysics schemes for the
simulation of contrails and aviation-induced cloudiness (based on the
parameterisation developed at our Institute by Andrew Ferrone:
<> )

- Impact of cloud microphysics complexity on surface radiation, cloud
cover and vertical humidity profiles. Evaluation of simulated cloud
fields against satellite-retrieved cloud properties from CMSAF.

- Capability of complex microphysics schemes to simulate extreme hail
events in Belgium under current and future climates. This work will be
in close collaboration with the radar division of the Royal
Meteorological Institute of Belgium

The framework for this is the MACCBET project (“Modelling Atmospheric
Composition and Climate for the Belgian Territory”) in which three other
Belgian laboratories are involved: the KULeuven, the VITO, and the Royal
Meteorological Institute. See <>


PhD in atmospheric physics or related discipline; expertise in numerical
modelling is required. Autonomy as well as capacity for team work are
essential. The candidate should have a good knowledge of Fortran and
UNIX scripts and be familiar with climate data processing and
visualization. Familiarity with high performance computing would be an


This work is funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office under the
project MACCBET. The initial contract duration will be one year
(possibly extensible depending on further funding availability).

Place of work

The work will take place under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Pascal van
Ypersele ( <> and
<> ) at the
“Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research” (TECLIM), a
centre of excellence on climate research that is part of the Université
catholique de Louvain, Belgium. The Institute is located in
Louvain-la-Neuve, building Mercator, Place Louis Pasteur, 3 (25 km south
of Brussels, easily accessible by train). See


The salary is based on a legal scale, and is of the order of 45 to 50000
Euros per year before taxes.


Applications should be sent to <> as
early as possible and before April 1, with “MACCBET application” for
subject, a CV, motivation letter, and name, e-mail, and phone numbers of
two potential referees.

Thank you for spreading this announcement.

Prof. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele
IPCC Vice-chair/Vice-président du GIEC
Membre de l'Académie royale de Belgique
(@JPvanYpersele on Twitter)

Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)
Earth and Life Institute (ELI)
Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research (TECLIM)
NEW : Place Louis Pasteur 3, (SC10 L4.03.08, Bâtiment Mercator, bureau B384)
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

E-mail: ( is a
valid alias)
Tel: +32(0)
Personal assistant: (, +32(0)
Secretary of TECLIM:, +32(0)
Web:,, and
Acknowledgement: The support given by the Belgian Science Policy Office
( for the duration of my mandate as Vice-chair of IPCC is
gratefully acknowledged.

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