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[Met-jobs] Postdoc position on deep ocean ventilation in Paris, France

From Casimir de Lavergne <>
Date Thu, 9 Jul 2020 16:05:12 +0200 (CEST)

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to investigate the ventilation of 
the abyssal ocean using a realistic global ocean model. The position is 
24-months long and located in central Paris. It is part of the large-scale 
H2020 SO-CHIC project regrouping 15 institutions across Europe 
( The overall objective of SO-CHIC is to 
understand and quantify variability of heat and carbon budgets in the Southern 
Ocean. Within work package 3, SO-CHIC aims to improve understanding of the 
formation and circulation of bottom waters, which ventilate the world’s abyssal 

The successful applicant will perform and analyse simulations using the NEMO 
general circulation model at one-degree resolution, with the objective of 
mapping the pathways and timescales of ventilation from Antarctica to the 
global deep ocean. The return of deep and mid-depth waters to the Southern 
Ocean surface will also be investigated. The simulations will include a newly 
implemented parameterization of local and remote tidal mixing, high vertical 
resolution and restoring to observations at dense water formation sites. The 
mapping will be performed using numerical tracer release experiments at select 
locations. Improved quantitative characterization of the communication between 
the surface and deep ocean reservoirs of heat, carbon and nutrients is the 
foremost expected achievement.

The researcher will join a team of scientists (Gurvan Madec, Casimir de 
Lavergne, Jean-Baptiste Sallée) at the LOCEAN laboratory of Sorbonne Université 
and will collaborate with international SO-CHIC partners (including British 
Antarctic Survey and University of Bergen). 

Applications should be sent before 30 September 2020 to and include a CV and a cover letter.

The starting date should be no later than January 4, 2021. The salary will 
match the postdoctoral salary set by Sorbonne University which is 2500 euros 
per month (before tax). Informal requests for further information may be 
addressed to

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