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[Met-jobs] IC3-CFU, BARCELONA | POST-DOCTORAL POSITION: SEASONAL TO DECADAL CLIMATE FORECASTS FOR CLIMATE SERVICES

From "Roger Brugge" <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:17:59 +0000

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION: SEASONAL TO DECADAL CLIMATE FORECASTS FOR CLIMATE 
SERVICES.

Location

IC3 Headquarters in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

General description and work environment

The Institut Català de Ciències del Clima (IC3) is a climate institution 
created by the Government of Catalunya and the University of Barcelona, aiming 
at understanding climate change and variability, the dynamics and theory 
underlying those changes and the impact on society. IC3 focus on the 
Mediterranean regions, tropical Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.

The Climate Forecasting Unit (CFU) undertakes research to forecast global 
climate variations from one month to several years into the future (also known 
as seasonal-to-decadal prediction). The unit members also investigate the 
impact of climate variability in socio-economic sectors, and the management of 
such risk via the development of climate services for renewable energy, 
insurance, etc.

For details, see www.ic3.cat<http://www.ic3.cat/> and 
http://ic3cfu.wikispot.org<http://ic3cfu.wikispot.org/>

The Climate Forecasting Unit (CFU) at IC3 seeks a climate scientist with 
experience in climate forecasting, to formulate global and local seasonal to 
decadal climate forecasts applicable to the renewable energy sector.

Main duties

The successful applicant will lead the tasks of the development of climate 
information from the most complete set of climate (sub-seasonal to seasonal) 
forecasts. This will be done in the context of the development of global 
climate services to optimize renewable power supply and energy demand. He/she 
will formulate calibrated climate forecasts for their application in a 
quasi-operational service for a range of identified end users.

The applicant should have in-depth experience in dealing with, formulating and 
verifying multi-model climate forecasts from the output of state-of-the-art 
dynamical and empirical climate forecast systems. Expertise in bias correction, 
model combination and calibration to provide additional forecast skill and 
value is essential with, ideally, knowledge of empirical downscaling 
techniques. Experience in the development or provision of forecasts for an 
operational service or decision support tool for end users will be valued. 
Applicants should show an interest in advancing the understanding, relevance 
and evaluation of climate predictions to the end users. He/she will prepare 
manuscripts to be submitted for peer-reviewed publication in high-impact 
journals and present results at European and international conferences.

Reporting to the Head of the CFU, Prof. Francisco Doblas-Reyes, the candidate 
will be expected to advance and manage his/her own work-plan in close 
collaboration with the climate services manager, whose role is to bridge the 
gap between the producing centers and the actual users of the climate 
information. Tutoring and monitoring of early-career scientists working towards 
the same research objectives will also be part of the role.


The person appointed will be involved in the EU and national-funded New 
European Wind Atlas project (NEWA), and will collaborate with partners in other 
European projects such as SPECS, EUPORIAS and EUCLEIA. His/her activity will be 
positioned within the context of WMO’s Global Framework for Climate Services 
(GFCS). The aim of such projects and the GFCS is to advance climate predictions 
to provide actionable seasonal to decadal climate information to key sectors of 
society. This position therefore presents the opportunity to work alongside a 
wide range of leading, international climate scientists delivering cutting-edge 
climate science and climate services across Europe. The incumbent will enjoy 
joining one of the leading and most dynamic European groups in the field of 
climate prediction for climate services.

Desired skills & qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, applied statistics, or a 
related field. Ideal candidates will have several or all of the following 
attributes:
• Experience in working with and analysing global climate model predictions;
• Knowledge of weather types and tropical/extratropical teleconnections;
• Knowledge of multivariate statistical climate data analysis;
• Experience in the development or provision of forecasts for an operational 
service or decision support tools for end users;
• Experience with statistical downscaling techniques for climate data;
• Advanced programming skills in R, as well as knowledge of cdo, nco, fortran 
and/or python;
• Knowledge of bash;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
• A willingness and temperament to facilitate the communication between climate 
scientists/modellers, climate impact researchers, and users of downscaled 
climate products from local, national and international agencies, industry, and 
non-profit organizations.

Conditions and application procedure

The initial contract will be for 18 months, with a possibility for extension 
depending on performance of at least one more year. Additional extensions will 
be possible subject to the availability of funds.
The position will start as soon as possible. The salary will be commensurate 
with experience.

To apply, please send your CV accompanied with a brief statement (max. 1 page) 
of interest and experience with the following subject “Application for 
Atmospheric Science - Post-doctoral Position” by e-mail to 
jobs@ic3.cat<mailto:jobs@ic3.cat>



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