Assessing the role of climate mitigation options to achieve the global carbon neutrality
Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE), Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), France
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
As part of the FOCUS programme on “la fermeture du cycle du carbone” at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), we invite applications for a Ph.D. position focusing on assessing the role of climate mitigation options to achieve the global carbon neutrality stipulated in the Paris Agreement. The ambitious carbon neutral goal sees widespread adoption at various levels ranging from state governments to local municipalities, but the goal needs detailed scrutiny to understand what the goal practically means. The Ph.D. project will select a few mitigation options (e.g. the carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture and reuse (CCU), and enhanced weathering) and strive to clarify the role of these options for shaping decarbonization pathways. The successful applicant is expected to employ an Integrated Assessment approach and explore how the availability of certain mitigation options can influence decarbonization pathways by dynamically considering the response of related carbon cycle processes and feedbacks. The project will involve relevant model development when necessary. The Ph.D. study will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Katsumasa Tanaka and Dr. Philippe Ciais. A target output of this post is two peer-reviewed papers. The successful candidate will be expected to present the outcome of the study at international scientific conferences. The Ph.D. candidate will be primarily located at the Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement (LSCE), Gif-sur-Yvette near Paris, offering an international, stimulating, friendly work environment, with considerable flexibility regarding the place of work.
The Ph.D. project will use the Aggregated Carbon Cycle, Atmospheric Chemistry, and Climate model (ACC2). ACC2 describes major physical and biogeochemical processes in the global carbon cycle and climate system as well as considers economic costs of climate mitigation. This model allows one to derive cost-effective emission pathways to the Paris Agreement temperature target (Tanaka and O’Neill, 2018, Nature Climate Change). The project may be conducted jointly with the Achieving the Paris Agreement Temperature Targets after Overshoot (PRATO) project led by Katsumasa Tanaka, as part of the Make Our Planet Great Again (MOPGA) programme, which also uses the ACC2 approach and involves a team of French and international collaborators with diverse expertise.
Applicants must have a Master degree in Earth system sciences or related fields at the time of appointment. Experiences of using numerical models are desirable. Proven records of first-author publication(s) are an advantage. Candidates should have a good command of English in writing and speaking, especially an excellent ability to write scientific articles in English. The successful candidate should be able to work independently as well as proactively within the international team of researchers with a wide range of expertise.
To be considered for this position, please send a cover letter in one to two page(s), a curriculum vitae, pdf file(s) of master thesis and any related publication, and contact information for two professional references (to be contacted if shortlisted) to Dr. Katsumasa Tanaka (katsumasa.tanaka at cea.fr), Dr. Philippe Ciais (philippe.ciais at cea.fr), and Dr. Olivier Boucher (olivier.boucher at ipsl.fr). The cover letter should explain the applicant’s interest in the position and highlight relevant qualifications and experience. Review of applications will begin immediately. This is a fixed-term position funded for three years.