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[Met-jobs] Barcelona Supercomputing Center: VACANCY - Research scientist position on predictability and prediction of the Arctic sea ice and its linkages with the mid-latitude climate variability - R2/R3 - Recognized Researcher

From "Emanuele Zanchi" <>
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Date Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:20:11 +0200

Dear all,


At the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the Spanish National Center of Supercomputing we are looking for Research scientist position on predictability and prediction of the Arctic sea ice and its linkages with the mid-latitude climate variability that will join our Earth Sciences Department. If interested, have a look to the details of our vacancy below:




The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 460 staff from 44 countries.



Within the Earth Sciences Department of Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-ES), led by Prof Francisco Doblas-Reyes, the climate prediction group, led by Virginie Guemas, aims at developing climate prediction capability for time scales ranging from a few weeks to a few decades into the future and from regional to global scales. This objective relies on expanding our understanding of the climate processes responsible for the predictable part of the climate variability through a deep analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of state-of-the-art climate forecast systems in comparison with the most up-to-date observational datasets, and on exploiting these detailed analyses to refine the representation of these climate processes in our climate forecast systems and their correct initialization. This position requires participation in several projects funded by the European commission such as:  1. APPLICATE (November 2016 - October 2020) which focuses on improving the representation of polar climate processes and their linkages with the mid-latitude climate, as well as improving the performance of state-of-the-art climate forecast systems in predicting these linkages. 2. PRIMAVERA (November 2015 - October 2019) which aims at improving the representation of climate processes in climate models through the use of ground-breaking resolutions, novel approaches to represent physical processes and their uncertainties and original sensitivity experiments to diagnose strengths and weaknesses of state-of-the-art climate models. 3. INTAROS (November 2016 - October 2020) which focuses on collecting advanced observations of the polar climate system, gathering them into an efficient data portal and assess their added-value on a range of applications, including climate prediction.



-         Generation of sea ice initial conditions for seasonal-to-decadal ensemble climate predictions with the dynamical global climate model used by the climate prediction group, EC-Earth;

-         process-based analyses of the main sources of sea ice predictability well as new ways to infer information on model deficiencies across time scales;

-         evaluation of the impact of new model developments on the Ec-Earth climate model performance and prediction skill;

-         assessment of the mechanisms linking the polar and mid-latitude climates through the analysis of a wide range of observational and model databases as well as innovative and coordinated sensitivity experiments;




-         Education:

·        PhD in physical oceanography, climate physics, applied mathematics or in a related discipline


-         Essential knowledge and Professional Experience

·        Proven ability to prepare and submit manuscripts to peer-review journals

·        Experience in ocean/atmosphere modeling or environmental modeling


-         Other knowledge

·        Knowledge of bash, R, cdo, nco and Python


-         Competences      

·        Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, while fluency in other European languages will be also valued

·        Highly collaborative spirit - ability to work as part of a large, strongly-coordinated team and to continuously share both knowledge and tools

·        Ability to efficiently communicate results



The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department. The contract will be for two years initially, with the possibility of renewal depending on performance. A competitive salary will be offered, matched to the cost of living in Barcelona, and commensurate with the value and experience of the candidate. The position will start on 1st January 2017 or as soon as possible after that date.


More info and applications at:


Many thanks,


Emanuele Zanchi (Human Resources) - Barcelona Supercomputing Center




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