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[Met-jobs] Co-leader of the climate prediction group at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (SPAIN)

From "Emanuele Zanchi" <>
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Date Thu, 2 Mar 2017 13:47:28 +0100

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (The Spanish National Center of Supercomputing) is offering a challenging opportunity as Co-leader of the climate prediction group within the Earth Sciences Department led by Prof Francisco Doblas-Reyes.


Further details can be found at:


*About BSC

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.


*Context and Mission

Within the Earth Sciences Department of Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-ES), led by Prof Francisco Doblas-Reyes, the climate prediction group, led by Dr Virginie Guemas, aims at developing climate prediction capability for time scales ranging from a few weeks to a few decades into the future, 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.

Positioned at the cutting-edge of climate prediction research, the climate prediction group is composed of 15-20 scientists, most of which are early-career scientists, and combines a large variety of expertise on climate processes from the stratosphere down to the deep ocean and from tropical to polar latitudes, together with expertise in climate modeling and data assimilation. The group can rely on a team of more than 15 engineers and technicians to support the computer infrastructure in place, improve the computational performance of the climate model and develop new tools required by the scientific team. It            also collaborates closely with the services group within the department providing top-notch climate information to large variety of stakeholders within the energy sector. Finally, the group is part of the development team and a key user of the EC-Earth European global climate model ( and as such collaborates closely with all the members from the EC-Earth consortium. 


*Key Duties

This position requires an ambitious researcher with interest in coordinating and supervising the group scientific activities, representing the group on international panels (e.g. CLIVAR) and international scientific meetings, nourishing the group with innovative lines. Furthermore, the candidate will be expected to obtain, with the support of the group, competitive funding (e.g. H2020, C3S, MINECO) and computing time (e.g. PRACE) at both the national and the international level to sustain the research activities of the group. These duties will be shared with the current group leader, Dr Guemas. The position requires to be available for a certain amount of traveling during the year, mostly at the European level.




- Education

PhD in physical oceanography, atmospheric physics, fluid dynamics, applied mathematics  or in a related discipline preferably less than 10 years before the application date, but should have at least four years of postdoctoral experience


- Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience

Proven ability to prepare and submit research proposals for funding or computing resources

Experience as (co-) Principal Investigator or Work Package leader of national or international projects

Experience in mentoring / advising post-doctoral researchers and/or PhD students

Knowledge in climate, oceanography or atmospheric sciences

Experience in ocean/atmosphere modeling or environmental modeling


- Other Knowledge

Knowledge of version control systems (git, svn, cvs…),

Experience in handling large databases, and a minimum knowledge of NetCDF encoding,

Good knowledge of R, cdo, nco and Python, fortran

Experience in the use of HPC and parallel computing (multi-threaded applications), preferably with climate models


- Competences

Fluency in spoken and written English, while fluency in other European languages will be also valued

Proven ability for independent and innovative thinking



The contract will be for three 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 applicant will work at the BSC (Barcelona, Spain) within the Earth Sciences Department

The department and BSC will in addition support the applicant for applying to highly prestigious national (Ramon y Cajal, ICREA) and international (e.g. ERC) personal grant and permanent position since the main intention is to stabilise this position for the long term.

Starting date: asap


*Applications Procedure

All applications must include: A motivation letter - A full CV including contact details


*Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment

BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.



If you want to have more information or send you application please visit our webpage at:

If you want to find out why to work with us have a look to this page:


We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Emanuele Zanchi


Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación


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