WASCAL (West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and
Adapted Land Use) is a research and education-focused institute designed
to help tackle the climate change challenge and thereby enhance the
resilience of human environmental systems. It does so by strengthening
the research capacity and infrastructure in West Africa related to
climate change by pooling the expertise of ten West African countries
and Germany. The West African countries include: Benin, Burkina Faso,
Côte d‘Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and
WASCAL has its headquarters in Accra, Ghana from where it coordinates
10 graduate schools at different universities in the region. WASCAL also
has a Competence Centre in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where it manages
the climate research activities.
In WASCAL, the impact of climate change on water resources,
agriculture, biodiversity, economies and the livelihood of the
population in West Africa is thoroughly investigated. In this regards,
Regional Climate Models are further developed and applied at high
resolution. Therefore, the Climate Change and Climate Modeling group of
the WASCAL Competence Center seeks to hire a Junior Research Scientist
to take part in research on understanding the role of natural and
anthropogenic forcing in medium and long-term regional climate change
and variability over West Africa. This research will use a Regional
Climate Model and statistical techniques to downscale predictions from
IPCC-AR5 GCMs at high resolution (10-15 km).
The successful candidate will be expected to
Further develop and adapt a Regional Climate Model over West Africa
Perform high resolution regional climate change experiments using a supercomputer
Identify and postprocess relevant variables for the impact community
Contribute to the supervision of the graduate students from WASCAL partner countries
Present the research at regional and international conferences
Publish results in peer reviewed journals and/or conference proceedings.
This position requires
An excellent PhD in Atmospheric Science, Climate Science or any other
related field; Candidates that will defend their PhD thesis by December
2014 can still apply
Excellent knowledge on state-of-the-art of climate change research over West Africa
Comprehensive experience in working with complex Regional Climate
Models and downscaling Global Climate Models in a HPC environment;
Previous experience with the ICTP RegCM4 is an asset
Strong ability to generate, process and analyze large datasets.
Previous experience in working on projects or programs such as AMMA,
CORDEX, etc. is desirable
Extensive skills in Lunix scripting language (bash, shell, etc.),
programming language (e.g. FORTRAN) and display and analysis tools
(GrADS, NCL, etc.)
Ability to assimilate new concepts and adapt to a rapidly evolving scientific and computational environment
Excellent oral and written communications skills; Fluency in English and conversant in French
WASCAL offers competitive salary and other fringe benefits. All
applications, including curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a
statement of motivation and the names and contact information of three
referees should be emailed to (email@example.com
). Please indicate “Climate Modeling” in the subject line.
The closing date for applications is November 15, 2014. WASCAL encourages women to apply for this position.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Mouhamadou Bamba Sylla, PhD
Senior Scientist on Climate Modeling and Climate Change
West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Landuse (WASCAL)
WASCAL Competence Center, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Office : (+226) 50 37 54 23/29/39; Cell: (+226) 77 73 43 11