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Four-year PhD grant in sea ice modelling available at the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Within the APPLICATE EU project, the Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and
Climate Research (www.uclouvain.be/teclim) / Earth and Life Institute of the
Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium is seeking a PhD
student for 4 years.

APPLICATE (Advanced Prediction in Polar regions and beyond: Modelling,
observing system design and LInkages associated with ArctiC ClimATE change) is
a 4-year project, expected to be funded by the European Commission under the
Horizon 2020 program, 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 improve the Louvain-la-Neuve sea
ice model (LIM; www.elic.ucl.ac.be/repomodx/lim/), which is part of the Nucleus
for European Modelling of the Ocean (NEMO; www.nemo-ocean.eu) platform, by
incorporating in this model subgrid-scale snow thickness and ice floe size
distributions together with a comprehensive representation of lateral ice
melting. He/she will also assess the impact of these changes on the ability of
the EC-Earth general circulation model (www.ec-earth.org), which includes
NEMO-LIM, to predict the Arctic weather and climate on short timescales (one
month to one year).

Required qualifications:

  • Completed MSc or equivalent (5 years) in glaciology, physical oceanography,
    climatology, physics, applied mathematics or related fields;
  • Experience using complex numerical models and good computational
    programming, post-processing and data management skills;
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills (in English) necessary
    to work in a multidisciplinary team environment, author
    technical and scientific reports and publications, and deliver scientific
    presentations.

The PhD grant is for 4 years, starting on November 1st, 2016, with a net
monthly salary of about 1850 EUR. This includes social insurances.

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 (
thierry.fichefet@uclouvain.be).

The call is open until the position is filled.

Last update by EDT UNITER on Wednesday 31 August 2016
Postdoctoral fellowship in Arctic climate modelling available at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
The Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research (TECLIM;
www.uclouvain.be/teclim) / Earth and Life Institute of the Université
Catholique de Louvain (UCL), 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, expected to be 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 a better specification of the
Arctic observing system requirements, that will be crucial for major
initiatives such as the Year of Polar Prediction. He/she will first contribute
to analyse the quality and reliability of existing reanalyses in the Arctic
used for the initialization of current operational forecasts. He/she will then
investigate results from the EC-Earth (www.ec-earth.org) general circulation
model in order to better characterize the type of data, their coverage and the
frequency of sampling needed to achieve skilful predictions. Finally, he/shee
will explore different techniques of initialization in EC-Earth and highlight
their respective impact on prediction skill.

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 2 years, with a possibility of extension. The
salary will be commensurate with experience according to the UCL rates.

Expected date for entry on duty: 1st November 2016.

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 (
thierry.fichefet@uclouvain.be).

The call is open until the position is filled.

Last update by EDT UNITER on Wednesday 31 August 2016