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[Met-jobs] Post-doc in high-resolution climate modelling at IPSL

From dubos <>
Date Tue, 24 May 2016 11:18:57 +0200

The Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace offers a post-doctoral position of 18 month 
(extensible up to 30 month) to assess and improve the new IPSL atmospheric 
component. This model is based on the new LMDZ6 physical package and the new 
Dynamico dynamical core on an icosahedral grid.

The Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL) is a multi-laboratory institute in and 
around Paris. It hosts one of the leading climate modelling centre which 
develops the Earth System Model IPSL-CM and its various components. This 
development is a collaborative effort involving around 100 persons. A new 
physical package has been developed for LMDZ6, the atmospheric component of the 
IPSL-CM6 Earth System Model that will contribute to the 6th phase of the CMIP 
project. A new global dynamical core DYNAMICO has been developed that is well 
adapted to massively parallel high performance computers. DYNAMICO uses a 
non-structured icosahedral grid and is currently running at the standard 
resolution of the model (about 2°).

The aim of the post-doctoral position is twofold. Firstly it is to asses and 
improve the LMDZ6 model with the new dynamical core, to identify and to 
understand the differences with the previous grid-point, latitude-longitude 
dynamical core. Secondly, it is to increase the horizontal resolution up to 
0.5° (or finer), to assess the performance of the model and adjust the 
parameterizations as needed to the finer grid. In particular, scale-aware 
stochastic triggering of convection will be used and improved. The analysis may 
be focused on specific phenomena, like cyclones, depending on the interest of 
the candidate. The final version of this model will be used to perform 
prescribed SST simulations that will contribute to the HighResMIP project. 

Applicants should have a PhD in geosciences or physics, preferably in 
meteorology, atmospheric or climate physics. Candidates must have experience in 
numerical modelling with programming languages FORTRAN or C in a UNIX 

The candidate will be recruited for 18 months (extensible up to 30 months) 
starting in Autumn 2016, with a net monthly salary around 2100-2400 euros, 
commensurate with experience. This includes social services and health 

The work will be conducted at IPSL under the main supervision of Frédéric 
Hourdin, Thomas Dubos and Jean-Louis Dufresne.

Contact for applications: Applications should include a vita, a statement of 
interests and the names of at least two references including e-mail addresses 
and telephone numbers. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to,, We expect to fill the position before 
summer 2016, as soon as enough qualified candidates have applied.

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