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[Met-jobs] Postdoctoral Position in tropical convection at University of Toulouse

From Jean-Pierre Chaboureau <>
Date Wed, 5 Jul 2017 14:43:10 +0200

Postdoctoral Position in tropical convection at University of Toulouse

Application deadline: 31 August 2017

The Laboratoire d'Aérologie (University of Toulouse, CNRS, UPS, France) seeks a post-doctoral scholar in deep convection. The focus will be on the impact of deep convection on the summer Asian Monsoon Anticyclone at mesoscale.

The objective of this project is to quantify the convective transport pathways of transport of tropospheric air into the stratosphere. A particular focus will be on the magnitude of entrainment and detrainment in deep and mesoscale convective systems and its altitude structure. The dependence of transport pathways on characteristics of convection (size, duration, intensity) will be determined. Mesoscale models now allow to perform Large Eddy Simulations (LESs) and Cloud-Resolving Model (CRM) simulations on large domains where processes from cloud to regional scales are explicitly represented. The current capacity will lead to significantly advance our understanding of the impact of deep convection in the composition of the Asian Monsoon Anticyclone. The project will be based on high-resolution modeling performed with the Meso-NH model ( with extensive analysis of data from a field campaign. One emphasis of this work will be the representation of deep convective processes in current mesoscale models and their sensitivity to resolution and parametrization.

This work is funded by the Stratospheric and upper tropospheric processes for better climate predictions project (StratoClim,, an European Union collaborative project aiming to produce more reliable projections of climate change and stratospheric ozone by improving the understanding of key processes in the Upper Troposphere and Stratosphere (UTS). StratoClim will conduct a high altitude research aircraft campaign in the Asian Monsoon area deploying an innovative and comprehensive payload in July-August 2017. This project opportunities to experience collaborative research in a consortium of 15 leading international partners from Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Nertherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in atmospheric sciences. Strong experience in the use of numerical modeling will be essential. Research experience of using satellite data in combination with model results will be a distinct advantage. You must have strong skills in speaking French or English and a good track record of publishing high quality papers.

The position is available immediately and has funding for 12 months. Net salary (including social security) is based on CNRS grid and depends upon qualifications. Applicants should submit a brief statement of research interests and goals, a complete curriculum vitae including contact information for two references to Consideration of applications will begin on July 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

--    Tel +33 5 6133 2750
Laboratoire d'Aerologie, University of Toulouse/CNRS,  France
Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees, 14 avenue Belin, F-31400 Toulouse  Fax +33 5 6133 2790
Meso-NH mesoscale model
AOC department

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