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[Met-jobs] 1 PostDoc position at the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate - Bologna

From Susanna Corti <>
Date Wed, 24 Oct 2018 00:14:42 +0100

1 PostDoc position at CNR-ISAC (Italian National Research Council - Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate)

Working place: 

CNR-ISAC  Bologna, Italy.

Duration: 1 year (probation period), then renewable up to 2.5 years.

Starting date: As soon as possible after 1st of December 2018

Responsible of research: Susanna Corti

CNR-ISAC  ( is going to open a  PostDoc position in the framework of the ERA4CS European Project MEDSCOPE. https://www.medscope-project.euMEDSCPE.


Seasonal-to-Decadal-predictability study on the Mediterranean region through analysis of data from existing forecast systems and analysis of specific experiments conducted in the framework of the MEDSCOPE project. This research aims to understand the processes that "connect" the variability of the Mediterranean climate with tropical and mid-latitude variabilities.

Main goals of MEDSCOPE are:

To Improve our comprehension of the mechanisms driving the climate variability in the Mediterranean region, and especially those at the basis of the tropical and extratropical as well as polar and mid-latitudes teleconnections, and their impact on the predictability at different time scales (seasonal-to-decadal)

To Provide a set of generalised methods and ready-to-use tools for forecast verification and comprehensive skill assessments – including those for user-oriented applications – for downscaling, calibration and bias adjustment of the forecasts, and develop methodologies of optimal forecast combination to provide a single source of information. 


1) Carry out a comprehensive comparison between the observed atmospheric dynamics linked to the Tropics/Mediterranean teleconnections and the mechanisms simulated by current seasonal forecast systems. It will also explore the potential low-frequency modulation of these teleconnections (particularly those associated with ENSO) induced by the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) 

2) Investigate the sources of seasonal and decadal predictability of mid-latitude large-scale atmospheric patterns (e.g. NAO), including Atlantic SSTs, AMO and Arctic sea ice, and their potential connections to anomalous climate conditions over the Mediterranean region. It will also explore the dynamical mechanisms underlying these variability patterns and the key aspects that should be better represented by climate forecasting systems in order to improve skill.Preparing and running experiments with EC-Earth on different supercomputing facilities, and performing diagnostic analysis in order to evaluate the impact of horizontal resolution," Stochastic Physics ", and "Atlantic Multi-Decadal Variability" on the quality and reliability of climate simulations.

3) Develop both deterministic and probabilistic multivariable user-driven forecast scores to allow for efficient and targeted forecast system comparison and evaluation of issues focused on Mediterranean applications;

4) Develop simple approaches for combining/weighting or selecting ensemble members/models to obtain more accurate and more reliable targeted impact forecasts. 

Required skills: 

(i) Skills in the study of the climate system and its modelling  on seasonal to decadal timescales; (ii) familiarity with  mid-latitude dynamics, tropical-extratropical teleconnections, extended range predictability; (iii) development, application and implementation of tools for diagnostics and verification of modeling simulations; (iv) implementation of metrics for model evaluation.

Desirable skills: 

Experience in diagnostics and predictability studies focussed on the Mediterranean region.

If interested in getting more information about this opportunity, please contact me:

Susanna Corti (

Susanna Corti
Susanna Corti
Istituto di Scienze dell'Atmosfera e del Clima
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Via Gobetti 101
I-40129 Bologna, Italy
Phone: +390516399603
Fax: +390516399658

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