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3-years Post-doctoral scientist position in atmosphere–land surface modeling

3-years Post-doctoral scientist position in atmosphere–land surface modeling


Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, France - French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development

Scientific progress is necessary to further sustainable and human development: the IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development) carries this conviction with it wherever it is present, and wherever it works with its partners. The IRD is a key French player on the international development agenda. It works based on an original model: equitable scientific partnership with developing countries, primarily those in the intertropical regions and the Mediterranean area. The IRD believes that only this model allows us to design solutions which are adapted to the challenges that humans and the planet are facing: pandemics, climate change, humanitarian and political crises, etc. Because development challenges are challenges for the whole planet.
Location of the position: Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement – IGE (,
located in the Université Grenoble-Alpes ( – France.


Grenoble, France


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time


Net monthly salary: 2 010 € (this includes social insurances)

Required education

Application deadline
Open until the position is filled

1 February 2019

Job description

This position is opened in the framework of the AMANECER project (AMazon-ANdEs
ConnEctivity: impacts of climate-vegetation changes on the hydrology of the Amazon-
Andes transition Region). AMANACER is a scientific initiative jointly funded by ANR and
IRD, in the context of the “Make Our Planet Great Again” programme launched by the
French government in 2017.

Characterized by interactions between large-scale humidity transport and the Andean
topography, the Andes-Amazon region is witnessing an intensification of extreme hydroclimatic
events. The large-scale atmospheric circulation and its modulation by the
variability of the sea surface temperature in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans have been
identified as the major drivers of theses changes in Amazon climate. On the other hand,
the high rate of Amazonian land-cover change could also affect rainfall over both the
Amazon basin and the Andes, since the Amazon rainforest is a major supply of humidity
for neighbouring regions. The AMANECER project aims at better understanding how
rainfall might evolve in the Andes-Amazon transition under various hypotheses by
combining diagnostic studies and modelling simulations.
The selected candidate will focus his research on a better understanding of the coupled
atmosphere – land surface interactions through dynamical modelling of the tropical forest.
He will analyse the resilience of forest considering the last four decades and projected
future climate scenarios. A particular attention will be paid to the impact of changes in
Amazon land surface on the rainfall patterns in the Andean region (Bolivia and Peru).
The postdoc will integrate a multidisciplinary team composed by two PhD students (in
regional climate modelling) and five senior scientists dedicated to the hydro-climatology of
the tropics, including the Amazon-Andes region and the high-resolution climate modelling.
Required qualifications:
- PhD in Ecology, Environmental sciences, Climatology, Earth science or related fields;
- Published record of at least two papers in peer-reviewed international journals, related to
resilience of tropical forests, dynamic modelling of tropical forest or forest-climate
- Strong experience in computational programming and in managing large data sets
including satellite-data;
-Written communication skills in English;
-Keen interest in working in a multidisciplinary team environment.

How to apply

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 Jhan Carlo Espinoza ( and
Review of the applications will start February 1st and the call is open until the position is