A two-year postdoctoral position within the field of atmospheric science (hurricane modeling and forecasting) is available at the Tropical Cyclone Research Laboratory (LACy) in Réunion Island, France. The post-doctoral position is funded through the French ANR project “SPICy”, which aims to develop a pre-operational forecasting system of coastal and inland floods during the approach and landfall of tropical cyclones. The work will be performed at the sub-division of Météo-France in La Réunion, Saint-Denis. The appointment is for 2 years and should start by early 2015. The position will remain opened until fulfilled.
The successful applicant will develop NWP model configurations required to fulfill the objectives of the project. This includes:
- Producing ensemble forecasts of wind and pressure fields associated with tropical cyclones using the non-hydrostatic cloud research model Méso-NH (http://mesonh.aero.obs-mip.fr/).
- Participating to the development of the new operational, high resolution, NWP model “Arome-Indian” to be deployed in 2016 by the French Weather Service for operational tropical cyclone forecast in the SW Indian Ocean basin The hired individual will be, in particular, involved in the deployment and improvement of the 3DVAR mesoscale data assimilation scheme of the model (https://ams.confex.com/ams/31Hurr/webprogram/Paper244069.html).
The candidate should have a PhD in atmospheric or environmental sciences, with strong statistical and programming skills. Experience in mesoscale modeling would be considered as an important additional skill. The applicant must speak and write English fluently and have good communication skills and publication records. The post-doctorate will be recruited for 24 months with a net monthly salary comprised between 2000€ and 2400€, commensurate with experience. This includes social services and health insurance.