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[Met-jobs] Barcelona Supercomputing Center(Spain): 2 vacancies - Climate Forecaster & Atmospheric Scientist

From "Emanuele Zanchi" <emanuele.zanchi@bsc.es>
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Date Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:38:41 +0200

Dear all,

 

At Barcelona Supercomputing Center (the Spanish National Center of Supercomputing based in Barcelona, Spain), we have a two new vacancies we would like to share within the Metjobs Community of talented researchers:  

 

-         Research position for a climate forecaster – (R2) - APPLY AT: https://www.bsc.es/join-us/job-opportunities/172escpr2

-         Research position for an atmospheric scientist (R2) - APPLY AT: https://www.bsc.es/join-us/job-opportunities/171escpr2

 

 

 

*Research position for a climate forecaster – (R2)

_____________________________________

- ABOUT BSC AND RESEARCH GROUP

 

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 500 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 Dr. Pablo Ortega and Dr. Louis-Philippe Caron, aims at developing climate prediction capability for time scales ranging from a few weeks to a few decades (sub-seasonal to decadal climate prediction) and from regional to global scales.

Positioned at the cutting-edge of climate prediction research, the climate prediction group is composed of nearly 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 modelling and data assimilation.

 

Particular attention is paid to the career path of the scientists, who are given gradually increasing responsibilities within the group and in the context of both national and international projects. Outstanding opportunities exist for establishing links with other international climate research institutions and, if interested, to participate in the tutoring and monitoring of master students and early-career scientists.

 

- KEY DUTIES

 

The position offered is funded by the European H2020 project EUCP, which will develop an innovative European regional ensemble climate prediction system based on a new generation of improved and typically higher-resolution climate models, covering timescales from seasons to decades initialised with observations, and designed to support practical and strategic climate adaptation and mitigation decision-taking on local, national and global scales.

 

The successful applicant will be responsible for the development and analysis of an interannual-to-decadal climate forecast system based on the EC-Earth climate model, which represents the BSC contribution to the DCPP CMIP6 experiment. The job will involve the realisation of the following tasks:

 

Contribute to performing ensemble decadal predictions following the component A of the DCPP experiment with EC-Earth.

Develop alternative initialisation approaches using coupled data assimilation (full-field nudging) and perform the corresponding set of decadal predictions.

Assess the ability of the climate forecast system to simulate unprecedented and extreme events, as well as trends, and to reproduce the main variability modes (AMV, IPO,AO, El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO)).

Evaluate forecast quality (both skill and reliability) on a range of time (interannual to decadal) and spatial (local to global) scales.

Produce a process-based analysis of forecast drift and initial shock in the DCPP multi-model ensemble

Share illustrations of the added value of initialization in terms of both forecast skill and reliability with potential users

Compare the skill in initialised and non-initialised global predictions for overlapping prediction time scales and estimate their relative merits.

The candidate will work closely with scientists within the Earth System Service group of the Earth Science Department, and other partners within the EC-Earth consortium, EUCP and the DCPP initiative.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS

 

- Education

PhD in atmospheric science, applied mathematics, engineering, fluid dynamics or in a related discipline

 

- Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience

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

A demonstrated ability to develop experimental set ups that address specific climate modeling problems

Experience in ocean/atmosphere modelling (or environmental modelling) and in handling climate model output

Programming skills: scripting (e.g. bash, python), data analysis and visualization software (e.g. CDO, NCO, R, Python, NCL)

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

Experience in HPC and parallel computing (multi-threaded applications)

 

- Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience

Interest and capacity in participating in the writing and, when possible, leading the preparation of research and computing proposals

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

Interest in tutoring and/or advising master and PhD students

 

-Competences

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

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

Ability to work as an active and collaborative team member to help in the delivery of shared objectives and to efficiently communicate results

 

-Conditions

 

The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department

We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures

Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona

Duration: the contract will be for two years initially, with the possibility of renewal depending on performance

Starting date: asap

 

APPLY AT: https://www.bsc.es/join-us/job-opportunities/172escpr2

  ______________________________________________

 

 

*Research position for an atmospheric scientist (R2)

 

 

- ABOUT BSC AND RESEARCH GROUP

 

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 500 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 Dr. Pablo Ortega and Dr. Louis-Philippe Caron, aims at developing climate prediction capability for time scales ranging from a few weeks to a few decades (sub-seasonal to decadal climate prediction) and from regional to global scales.

Positioned at the cutting-edge of climate prediction research, the climate prediction group is composed of nearly 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 modelling and data assimilation.

 

Particular attention is paid to the career path of the scientists, who are given gradually increasing responsibilities within the group and in the context of both national and international projects. Outstanding opportunities exist for establishing links with other international climate research institutions and, if interested, to participate in the tutoring and monitoring of master students and early-career scientists.

 

- KEY DUTIES

 

This position requires participation in two projects funded by the European commission as part of the H2020 programme:

 

APPLICATE, whose overarching goal is to develop enhanced predictive capacity for weather and climate in the Arctic and beyond, and to determine the influence of Arctic climate change on Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes, for the benefit of policy makers, businesses and society.

 

PRIMAVERA, 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.

The selected applicant will contribute to a coordinated multi-model initiative to assess the impact of increased Arctic sea ice depletion (as expected in the coming decades) on the atmospheric and oceanic circulation. This includes the realisation and analysis of both coupled and atmosphere-only experiments with EC-Earth. The applicant will also perform specific atmosphere-only experiments to further explore whether and how the response to Arctic sea ice depletion depends on the background flow (especially the climatological location and strength of the jet stream).

In addition, the applicant will perform sensitivity experiments to investigate the influence of Arctic Sea Ice on European climate at decadal time scales, with a particular focus on the identification of the underlying mechanisms, both thermodynamic and dynamic, and their robustness to climate model resolution and physics.

The advertised position also involves developing and applying advanced metrics and diagnostics to assess the role of key physical processes, including the influence of wave-mean flow, the potential for sea ice anomalies to initiate Rossby wave trains with subsequent downstream impacts over Europe, and the interactions with the ocean circulation.

The candidate will work closely with scientist within the Earth System Service group of the Earth Science Department, and other partners within the EC-Earth consortium, APPLICATE and PRIMAVERA.

 

REQUIREMENTS

 

- Education

PhD in physics, applied mathematics, engineering, atmospheric science or in a related discipline

 

-Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience

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

A demonstrated ability to develop experimental set ups that address specific climate modeling problems

Experience in ocean/atmosphere modelling (or environmental modelling) and in handling climate model output

Programming skills: scripting (e.g. bash, python), data analysis and visualization software (e.g. CDO, NCO, R, Python, NCL)

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

Experience in HPC and parallel computing (multi-threaded applications)

 

-Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience

Interest and capacity in participating in the writing and, when possible, leading the preparation of research and computing proposals

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

Interest in tutoring and/or advising master and PhD students

 

-Competences

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

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

Ability to work as an active and collaborative team member to help in the delivery of shared objectives and to efficiently communicate results

 

-Conditions

 

The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department

We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures

Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona

Duration: the contract will be for two years initially, with the possibility of renewal depending on performance

Starting date: asap

 

APPLY AT: https://www.bsc.es/join-us/job-opportunities/171escpr2

 

______________________________

If you want to know some of the benefits you will get by joining our prestigious Research Center in Barcelona, please check out this page: https://www.bsc.es/join-us/why-to-work-at-bsc

 

If you need any more information do not hesitate to contact us, we are looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Emanuele Zanchi

HUMAN RESOURCES

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación

emanuele.zanchi@bsc.es

www.bsc.es



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