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Job advertisement Postdoc on high resolution modeling (RE2/R2)

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Postdoc on high resolution modeling (RE2/R2)

Postdoc on high resolution modeling (RE2/R2)


Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Barcelona, Spain


Relevant divisions
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Ocean Sciences (OS)

Full time

Entry level

30k - 40k

Preferred education

Application deadline
16 June 2024

19 May 2024

Job description

Context And Mission

The Earth Sciences Department of Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-ES) led by Prof Francisco Doblas-Reyes develops, among other research tools, global climate models to perform a range of climate experiments at frontier (storm and eddy-resolving) spatial resolutions. The Department is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to assist in the development and analysis of the high-resolution global simulations with the IFS/NEMO climate model.

The position offered is funded by the European projects EERIE and EXPECT, and involves (1) providing scientific feedback to improve the physical soundness of a Digital Twin based on IFS-NEMO developed at the BSC within the Destination Earth initiative, (2) leading the production of cutting edge simulations with an eddy-resolving version of IFS-NEMO, and (3) contributing to their scientific analysis with a specific focus on the impact of ocean eddies on the local air-sea interactions, their influence on the atmospheric circulation and their ultimate impact on extreme events.

Key Duties

- Provide scientific inputs for the development of the eddy-resolving version of the model NEMO-IFS

- Performing the production experiments with this new model configuration

- Preparing and submitting supercomputing access proposals to support the production of the high resolution simulations

- Lead scientific analyses on the role of mesoscale air-sea interactions in shaping the response of the atmospheric circulation in the North Atlantic to climate change

- Conducting a process-based evaluation of the drivers of summer extremes in the NEMO-IFS simulations, with a particular focus on hydroclimate extremes

- Participate in the supervision of the junior members of the group

- Coordinate the BSC contributions to several project deliverables



- Highly recommend to hold a PhD in atmospheric science, applied mathematics, engineering, fluid dynamics or in a related discipline

Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience

- Postdoctoral experience will be valued

- Proven ability to prepare and submit manuscripts to peer-review journals

- Experience developing experimental set ups that address specific climate modeling problems

- Experience in ocean/atmosphere modelling (or environmental modelling) and in handling climate model outputs.

- Demonstrated experience in high resolution modelling will be valued

- Programming skills: scripting (e.g. bash, python), data analysis and visualization software (e.g. CDO, NCO, R, Python, NCL)

- Experience in handling large datasets, and a minimum knowledge of NetCDF encoding

- Experience in HPC and parallel computing (multi-threaded applications)

Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience

- Interest and capacity in participating in the writing and, when possible, leading the preparation of research and computing proposals

- Knowledge of version control systems (git, svn, cvs…)

- Interest in tutoring and/or advising master and PhD students


- Fluency in spoken and written English, while fluency in other European languages will be also valued

- Highly collaborative spirit and ability to work as part of a large, strongly-coordinated team and to continuously share both knowledge and tools


- The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department

- We offer a full-time contract (37.5h/week), a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, restaurant tickets, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures

- Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration

- Holidays: 23 paid vacation days plus 24th and 31st of December per our collective agreement

- Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona

- Starting date: asap