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[Met-jobs] Re-sent: Post-doctoral position on convection-permitting climate modelling over Europe

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:56:19 +0000

On some systems the PDF in the advert below fails to show correctly.

The text is now given below.




Open position within IPSL : Convection permitting modelling of the
European/Mediterranean climate to study extreme events
Date of publication: 15 January 2018
Expected starting date: Spring 2018
Location: IPSL/LMD, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (suburbs of Paris)
Supervision team: Sophie Bastin, Jan Polcher and the IPSL regional climate modelling group.
Position offer: PostDoc within the EUropean Climate Prediction system (EUCP) H2020
project.
Context: With the EUCP project we aim to demonstrate with the IPSL regional climate model
(RegIPSL in its version WRF coupled with ORCHIDEE land surface scheme) the value of convection
permitting regional models to study high impact weather events in present and future climates.
Description of work:
The contribution of IPSL will be to configure RegIPSL at convection permitting resolutions over
Western Europe and study in particular hydrological extremes. Our regional system, which couples
WRF and ORCHIDEE through OASIS is particularly well suited to study droughts, floods and flashfloods
related to heavy precipitation events. But running this system at resolutions higher than 10km
will be a numerical and computational challenge which will have to be addressed. A suitable
initialisation procedure for the land surfaces also needs to be developed to reproduce these high
impact weather systems which have strong interactions with land surfaces and in particular the longer
memory of the soil moisture reservoirs.
The ability of the RegIPSL system to reproduce extreme floods or droughts will be tested on cases
which occurred in the last 30 years before applying it to a changed climate. The methodology chosen
by the EUCP to study extreme events in a warmer climate will be applied in order to contribute to the
multi-model ensemble which will be constructed within the project.
Diploma and competences: The candidate needs a PhD. The candidate should have a very good
knowledge in computer science (unix/linux, python, shell programming, Fortran programming) and
in particular in parallel and High Performance Computing environment. The candidate needs to
demonstrate a high degree of scientific rigour. He/she should be able to work in English language and
in a collaborative environment. Knowledge in climate system modelling, specifically in WRF or
ORCHIDEE, netcdf data handling would be significant advantages. Knowledge of the French
language is an asset.
Supervision team: He/she will collaborate with the different IPSL modelling teams and in
particular with Sophie Bastin (LATMOS) and Jan Polcher (LMD) as well as other users of RegIPSL,
WRF and ORCHIDEE.
Duration and salary: The engineer will be recruited as “Ingénieur de recherche” at a grade
depending on his/her diploma. The contract will be initially for 12 months with a salary around 2100
net euros or above depending on experience. This includes social services and health insurance.
Depending on the competences of the job holder, an extension may be possible for 6 or 12 months.
Contact for applications: Applications should include a CV, a statement of interest and the
names of at least one reference including their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Applications
should be submitted by e-mail to sophie.bastin@latmos.ipsl.fr and
jan.polcher@lmd.polytechnique.fr. Applications are welcome until mid-February







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