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Postdoctoral Fellow Position - The forced response of climatic extreme value statistics

Postdoctoral Fellow Position - The forced response of climatic extreme value statistics

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IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP)

The IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP), ( directed by Dr. Axel Timmermann, is dedicated to advancing the understanding of natural climate variability, man-made climate change and their impacts on the hydrological cycle, regional processes, ice-sheets, and sea level. The ICCP is generously funded through the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) (

ICCP is located in Busan, the second largest city in South Korea and the ninth largest port city in the world. Surrounded by ocean and mountains, the city has a dramatic natural background. From designer cafes, international movie and art festivals, award-winning restaurants to temples at the end of hiking trails, Busan has something to offer for everyone.


Busan, Korea, Republic Of


Relevant divisions
Atmospheric Sciences (AS)
Biogeosciences (BG)
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)


Entry level

50 million KRW/year (~ 39,000 EUR/year = ~ 44,700 USD/year)

Required education

Application deadline
8 September 2019

13 March 2019

Job description

 Employer: IBS Center for Climate Physics

 Location: Pusan National University (PNU), Busan, South Korea

 Discipline(s): dynamic meteorology, physical oceanography, climate dynamics, statistical physics

 Education Level: PhD

 Job type: Postdoctoral Fellow

 Salary: 50 million KRW/year (~ 39,000 EUR/year = ~ 44,700 USD/year)

 Term: Full Time, 2 years with possibility for renewal

 Closing Date: 8 September 2019

The IBS Center for Climate Physics (ICCP) at Pusan National University, South Korea invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position in the field of Earth system dynamics. The successful candidate will work with Tamas Bodai to carry out a carefully designed large ensemble simulation experiment of an Earth system model (CESM), the data from which enables the analysis of the forced response of climatic extreme value statistics. Heatwaves become more unbearable, storms become more destructive with anthropogenic climate change in progress. Individual extreme events cannot be attributed to anthropogenic forcing, but it is the statistics represented by an ensemble of possible evolution scenarios that changes. The aim of the project is to demonstrate that response theory can be applied to efficiently generate climate change projections for any forcing scenario of interest. A particular point of interest will be the prediction of the nonlinear response of extreme value statistics. Given the broad interdisciplinary nature of the project, applicants with backgrounds in both atmospheric science and dynamical systems theory or statistical physics will enjoy an advantage. It would be desirable that the candidate has experience with running simulations of complex general circulation models and handling a large amount of data. A track record of research into extremal weather phenomenon and familiarity with Extreme Value Theory would be ideal. Candidates are expected to have strong computational skills, a solid publication/research record, creativity and an interest in working in an international and interdisciplinary research environment.

ICCP’s vision is to advance the understanding of our climate system and its sensitivity to a variety of forcings. The research center is part of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS,, and offers a lively, international and supportive research environment. Any further questions regarding the positions should be directed to Tamas Bodai ( More information on the institute can be found at, and some information on the city of Busan can be found at Furthermore, check out to compare Busan with other cities for the cost of living.

On top of the stated salary (before deductions) the appointee:
- is eligible to benefit from research incentives
- at least two business trips will be funded;
- high specification personal computer equipment will be provided.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, statement of your research interests, curriculum vitae, the names of 2 references, and possibly three publications to Ms. U-Jeong Seo (