CLIMLIST Vacancy: 2-year Post-doctoral Position at the CNRM-GAME (France)

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> Applications are invited for a 2-year post-doctoral position at the > CNRM-GAME on the representation of atmospheric-ocean processes in the > tropical Atlantic by climate models. The deadline for application is > December 1st 2013.
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> Context:
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> The « Centre National des Recherches Météorologiques » (CNRM) is the > research center of Meteo-France, the French weather service. To carry > out its missions, CNRM hosts approximately 275 permanent positions (one > third being research scientists), and about 60 students and visitors, > working in specialised divisions. The climate group, GMGEC, is one of > these divisions. Its main specific research activities concern the > development of climate models, the studies of climate variability and > change at global and regional scales, of long-range forecasting, of > atmospheric chemistry and of ocean-air interactions.
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> The Tropical Atlantic is a region of key uncertainty in earth-climate > system: state-of-the-art climate models exhibit large systematic error > and climate change projections are highly uncertain over this region as > well as for the West African monsoon. Any improvement of the models over > the tropical Atlantic could increase our confidence on African monsoon > projections, which could have strong implications over this highly > populated region. Only few models have significantly improved in this > region from CMIP3 to CMIP5. The EU project PREFACE
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> JOB Description:
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> The successful applicant will identify leading-order mechanisms > responsible for the development of systematic coupled model biases. To > achieve this, he will focus on the analysis of the systematic drift in > existing integrations using full-field initialisation from observations > (Toniazzo and Woolnough, 2013), using high-frequency diagnostic output > in both oceanic and atmospheric components. Sensitivity experiments will > then be conducted with the CNRM-CM model in hindcast mode to isolate > relevant processes and model weaknesses. For instance, the impact of > convective heating over continents could be assessed in such sensitivity > experiments. The role of atmospheric radiative biases and cloud > SST-feedback in the stratocumulus region could also be addressed. The > work will be carried out at CNRM/GAME (Toulouse, France) but with strong > interactions with Cerfacs (Toulouse) also involved in the PREFACE > project and using CNRM-CM with a higher resolution. The applicant will > benefit from the collaborative framework of the PREFACE project. >
> Applications:
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> The candidate should have a PhD with experience / knowledge in climate > modelling, atmospheric physics modelling and ocean-atmosphere > interactions. The candidate should be autonomous and able to work with > computing tools such as FORTRAN and/or python, and with complex model > codes in UNIX environment. He should also have good communication > skills. Fluency in English is necessary. Net salary of the successful > applicant will range from 2500 to 3000€/month, depending on experience. > The selected candidate will be offered an initial contract for 2 years, > which, upon positive evaluation, could be extended. Applications should > include a CV and a cover letter, and if possible the names of two > reference persons. They should be sent to Aurore Voldoire
> () and Romain Roehrig () > The position will start in February/March 2014. Applications should be > sent no later than December 1st, 2013.
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