Postdoctoral fellowship in Arctic climate modelling/prediction available at the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Université catholique de Louvain
Cryospheric Sciences (CR)
The Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research (TECLIM; www.uclouvain.be/teclim) / Earth and Life Institute of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for participation to the APPLICATE EU project (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: Modelling, observing system design and LInkages associated with ArctiC ClimATE change). APPLICATE is a Horizon 2020 4-year project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven (16 partners), that aims at advancing our ability to model and predict the Arctic climate system along with its impacts on the weather and climate in lower latitudes.
The successful candidate will contribute to assess the impact of some improvements recently made to the Louvain-la-Neuve sea ice model (inclusion of a multi-layer snow scheme, a melt pond scheme, a form drag parameterisation and a land-fast ice module), which is part of the Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean (NEMO; www.nemo-ocean.eu) platform, on Arctic climate simulations carried out with EC-Earth (www.ec-earth.org). He/she will also explore with this model the benefit of using initialization techniques based on data assimilation for skilful Arctic climate predictions on seasonal to decadal time scales.
The successful candidate should have a PhD in large-scale climate, sea ice or ocean modelling, with strong interests for prediction aspects. Experience in data assimilation in geophysical systems is a plus. Advanced programming, post-processing and data managment/analysis skills are required. He/she should be fluent in English due to the multiple interactions planned with other APPLICATE partners during the project and should have demonstrated ability in team working.
The position is offered for 17 months, from June 2019. The salary will be commensurate with experience according to the UCLouvain rates.
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 Prof. Thierry Fichefet (firstname.lastname@example.org).