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[Met-jobs] PhD in Arctic climate change in CNRS Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement, Grenoble, France

From "Olga Zolina" <>
Date Fri, 13 May 2016 11:06:54 +0200

The CNRS Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l’Environnement
(LGGE) and The Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) in Grenoble (France) are
searching for a PhD student (3-year term) to be sponsored by the project
funded by Belmont Forum Fund through the French National Research Agency
(L'Agence nationale de la recherche, ANR).

The focus of the research will be on the consistency of current and
projected changes in Arctic climate variables, particularly in sea ice and
the changes in the Arctic snow cover, specifically looking on the
consistency between snow changes and variations in the other climate
variables. Of an interest will be the impact of Eurasian fall snow cover
changes on the Arctic Oscillation and associated links between sea-ice
decline in the Arctic during summer and atmospheric conditions in the
following winter. To investigate non-linear atmosphere surface processes
in the framework of Arctic climate change, potential candidate will
investigate key climate variables in a variety of quantitative data sets.
These key climate variables may include (but will not be limited to)
snowfall, snow depth, humidity and clouds in connection with decreasing
Arctic sea ice. Extreme value statistics will be used to investigate
probabilities and return periods of extreme events which eventually impact
Arctic societies. For this, the performance of key climate variables in
climate models will be assessed in combination with instrumental and
reanalysed climate data. Once the relationship between modeled and
reanalysed/measured climate variables is established, future model
projections (such as CMIP5) will be investigated to provide statements
about a possible future evolution of these key climate variables in the
Arctic domain. Results of this research will eventually be forwarded and
discussed in the social science community of this project and may
influence decision making about adaptation plans in the Arctic countries.

The project will be carried out in cooperation with George Washington
University (Washington DC, USA), P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, RAS
(Moscow, Russia) and HS&S Ltd. (Ashville, USA). LGGE
( is one of the World’s leading multidisciplinary
laboratories in highlatitudinal climate research, meteorology, glaciology
and oceanography. We carry out experimental research, climate diagnostics
and high performance modelling with high resolution ocean and ice models.
UGA is recognized as one of the highly ranked French Universities with
excellently managed campus in the city of Grenoble - one of the European
oldest and nicest mid size cities and technological capitals.

We expect that a successful candidate will have master degree in
meteorology or atmospheric physics. Basic knowledge of geophysical fluid
mechanics, geostatistics and climate physics, familiarity with associated
numerical procedures and the major data storage formats, programming
skills are highly desirable. Knowledge of English (including writing
skills) is required.

Candidates should send their CV including publication list (if any),
statement of motivation, and the names of 3 potential references by Email

Dr. Olga Zolina

before 31 July 2016.

!!! New email:!!!

Olga Zolina
CNRS/UJF-Grenoble 1
54 rue Moliere, BP 96
38402 - Saint Martin d'Heres Cedex
Tel: +33 (0)4 76 82 42 44
Fax: +33 (0)4 76 82 42 01

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