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[Met-jobs] Post-doctoral scientist position at the UCL, Belgium: climate changes in boreal environments

From Hugues Goosse <>
Date Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:48:40 +0200

The Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research ( / Earth and Life Institute of the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium invites applications for the following position:


Foreign Post-doctoral Fellow

Starting date November 15, 2017

Full time position for 24 months

Net monthly salary 2300-2500 € (depending on experience - this includes social insurances).


The candidates must not have spent more than 2 years in Belgium over the last 3 years and should not have obtained their PhD more than 6 years before the starting date of the grant.


The postdoctoral researcher will work on the project ‘Natural and anthropogenic climate changes in boreal environments: specificities and impacts on the human ecosystem” funded through the bilateral program for collaborative research Québec- Communauté française de Belgique’ and coordinated by the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).


The project addresses the issue of Arctic and subarctic climate variability in order to (i) determine the "pre-anthropic" baseline conditions in which human populations have developed, (ii) assess the regional effects of recent climatic changes, (iii) quantify their effects on ecosystems supporting the populations and (iv) better evaluate the fate of regional climate and environment. On these grounds, the project examines the effect of climate and ecosystem changes on human health, notably with regard to the development of zoonotic diseases.


The successful candidate will be in charge of an analysis of climate variability at high latitudes at various spatial and time scales. This implies first to contribute to the reconstruction of changes over the past millennium using data assimilation. There will be a strong focus on the links between land and ocean variations. The interactions between changes at large scale and at smaller scale as estimated by regional ocean and atmospheric models will be critical to understand the regional dynamics, interpret the records of past climate changes and estimate the future evolution of ecosystems. The post-doctoral scientist will also be responsible for providing the adequate information on climate changes to the partners analyzing their impact on ecosystems and populations, implying strong interactions with them and an interest for ecosystem functioning and human-environment interactions.


Required qualifications:

- To have a PhD in climatology, Earth science or related field (physics, informatics) with previous experience in Earth science;
- To have published in peer-reviewed international journals;
- To have experience in
computational programming and in managing large data sets - an experience in climate modelling is a strong asset;
- To have demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in English – ability to  communicate in French is an asset;

- To have interest in working in a multidisciplinary team environment.


Applicants should send (i) a statement of research experience, qualification and interest, (ii) a complete CV including a list of publications, and (iii) two letters of recommendation via e-mail to Hugues Goosse (

Review of the applications will start September 14 and the call is open until the position is filled.

Hugues Goosse
Earth and Life Institute-Université de Louvain
Climate System Dynamics book
Online textbook
Climate of the Past

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