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[Met-jobs] PhD position at LOCEAN (France) in atmosphere-ocean interactions

From Guillaume Gastineau <>
Cc Francis Codron <>
Date Thu, 12 May 2016 14:27:46 +0200

We are looking for one candidate for the following project:

PhD project: Partitioning of Meridional Energy Transport in the Ocean and 

Profile: Master degree in physical climatology, oceanography or meteorology and 
have some expertise in data analysis and numerical modelling. 

Duration: 3 years (net salary from euros), starting on September or October 

Host Laboratory: LOCEAN – UMR 7159 (, PARVATI 
research group (Climate variability and impacts), campus Jussieu, Paris 

Employer information: LOCEAN is a joint research laboratory of Université 
Pierre et Marie Curie UPMC, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle , Centre 
National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and  Institut de Recherche pour le 
Développement (IRD). It houses roughly 150 collaborators, two thirds of which 
being either researchers, university teachers, Ph.D. students or post-doctoral 
fellows. The LOCEAN is a leading institute in ocean modelling, responsible for 
the development of the NEMO ocean model, which is widely distributed around the 
world. The LOCEAN participate within the IPSL (Institut Pierre Simon Laplace) 
federation to the IPCC assessments reports, notably with the IPSL coupled 
model. The LOCEAN has developed several research activities concerning the 
decadal climate predictions using the IPSL coupled model. LOCEAN is also very 
active in sea-going observational programs in several regions including the 
polar Northern and Southern oceans. It has been involved in numerous 
international programs. The LOCEAN is also leading many research programs that 
evaluate the impacts of changing climate for human activities, and the 
improvement of climate services.

Job description: the aim of the PhD is to study the response of the coupled 
ocean-atmosphere system to energy balance disturbances. The PhD will focus on 
the imbalance between Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere driven by the 
heat transport due to Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC) or 
global warming. In particular, we seek to understand how this response is 
divided between ocean and atmosphere, and the partitioning and compensation of 
the oceanic and atmospheric meridional energy transports.
For this, the PhD will study the response to the same disturbance in a 
hierarchy of ocean-atmosphere models:
• Full atmosphere and mixed-layer Ocean (energy transport in the ocean 
• Full atmosphere and mixed-layer Ocean including the transport carried by 
Ekman currents,
• Full atmosphere coupled to full ocean.
The model experiments will be in aqua-planet (global ocean, so without gyres) 
or realistic (including continents) configurations, to establish a link between 
theoretical results and those from the ocean-atmosphere models.

The candidate will conduct numerical experiments and analyze the climate 
processes behind the partitioning and compensation of the oceanic and 
atmospheric transports.

Contact :  Francis Codron ( and Guillaume Gastineau 

Application:(i) CV, (ii) statement of interests, (iii) contact information for 
one of two references. Deadline June 4th, 2016 to be sent by email to F. Codron 
and G. Gastineau.

Guillaume Gastineau
Université Pierre et Marie Curie
Paris, France

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