Post Doctoral Position at the Climate Forecasting Unit, IC3 (Spain)

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> Post Doctoral position. Ocean modeller at the Climate Forecasting Unit > (CFU).
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> LOCATION
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> IC3 Headquarters in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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> GENERAL DESCRIPTION AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
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> The Institut Català de Ciències del Clima (IC3) is a climate research > institute created in 2008 by the Government of Catalonia and the > University of Barcelona, aiming at understanding climate variability and > change both global and regional scales to improve both predictions and > projections, the dynamics and theory underlying those changes and the > impact on society. Linked to these goals, IC3 works on understanding and > simulating how global change modulates variability and change in society > ecosystems to provide better climate services.
> IC3’s mandate is to become a leading international centre for climate > research in Europe, with a regional focus on the Mediterranean area. IC3 > aims to perform quality research on basic and applied climate sciences, > while informing society and stakeholders on future climate risks. > Working languages are English, Catalan and Spanish.
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> In tune with IC3’s objectives, a growing interest in the implications of > climate variability and change from a season to a few decades ahead is > occurring. Reliable climate information is critical to ensure that > adaptation measures to climate variability and change are efficient. The > Climate Forecasting Unit (CFU), led by the ICREA research professor F.J. > Doblas-Reyes, undertakes research on the development and assessment of > dynamical and statistical methods for the prediction of global and > regional climate on time scales ranging from one month to one decade. >
> More information about the CFU activities is available from the
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> MAIN DUTIES
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> The successful applicant will work on the generation of ocean initial > conditions for seasonal-to-decadal ensemble climate predictions with the > dynamical global climate model used by the CFU, EC-Earth, using data > from a comprehensive set of reanalysis. The impact of the initial > conditions will be assessed with the tools already developed by the CFU > members and by implementing new ocean diagnostic to be included in these > tools. Process-based analyses of the main sources of predictability > related to the ocean component as well as new ways to infer information > on model deficiencies across time scales are part of the tasks. The > applicant will be involved in collaborative work with other partners > within the EC-Earth consortium. Outstanding opportunities exist for > establishing links with other international climate research > institutions and, if interested, to participate in the tutoring and > monitoring of early-career scientists.
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> DESIRED SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS
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> Applicants must have a PhD in physical oceanography, applied mathematics > or in a related disciple. Ideal candidates will have several of the > following attributes:
> – A demonstrated ability to develop experimental set ups that address > specific climate modeling problems and in manipulating either ocean or > climate model codes.
> – Extended knowledge of Fortran and bash, while experience with R and > Python will be highly valued.
> – Experience in handling large databases, and a minimum knowledge of > NetCDF encoding.
> – Proven ability to prepare and submit manuscripts to high-impact, > peer-review journals.
> – Interest and capacity in participating in the writing in and, when > possible, leading the preparation of research proposals.
> – Fluency in spoken and written English, while fluency in other European > languages will be also valued.
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> This position implies becoming part of dynamic, multi-national research > group that performs cutting-edge, highly-demanding climate prediction > experiments. The candidate should be able to work as an active and > collaborative team member to help in the delivery of shared objectives > ant to efficiently communicate. Hence, the ability to work as part of a > large, strongly-coordinated team and to continuously share both > knowledge and tools is an essential aspect required.
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> CONDITIONS AND APPLICATION PROCEDURES
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> The position is opened for 24 months with a possibility for extension > depending on performance and the availability of additional funding. The > position will start preferably in May 2014 or as soon as possible after > that date. The salary will be commensurate with experience. >
> To apply, please send and email to with your CV and the > following subject “Ocean modeler at the CFU”.