Post-doctoral researcher – ULB, Belgium

The partners of the PARAMOUR project invite applications for the following position:

Post-doctoral researcher
Starting date between May 1 and September 1, 2018
Full time position for 24 months – can be extended up to 48 months
Net monthly salary: 2300-2500 € (depending on experience – this includes social insurances)
Location: Laboratoire de Glaciologie, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

The climate of the Polar Regions has dramatically changed over the last decades. This may have resulted from external forcing (e.g., from greenhouse gas emissions), but also from natural interaction between the components of the climate system (notably, the atmosphere, the marine and continental cryosphere, and the ocean). Quantifying the specific contribution of each is critical to understand decadal variability. Based on the complementary scientific expertise of the project partners, PARAMOUR aims at revealing fundamental drivers of climate variability and assessing the predictability in high-latitudes by using coupled regional climate models in both hemispheres.

The successful candidate will contribute to the ice-sheet model component (BISICLES) of a high-resolution coupled atmosphere-ocean-sea ice-ice sheet model configuration covering the Totten glacier region, Antarctica, in collaboration with the other scientists working on the project. The technical aspects associated to model development will be supervised by a computer scientist specifically dedicated to this configuration. The post-doctoral candidate will analyse the sensitivity of initial conditions, basal interactions and interactions between the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice and ice shelves at scales between a few hundreds of meters and a few kilometres, the way they are represented in models and their impact on the variability and predictability of the system. The candidate will also co-supervise a PhD student on the same project.

Required qualifications:
– To have a PhD in climatology, glaciology, Earth science or related field (physics, mathematics) with previous experience in Earth science;
– To have published in peer-reviewed international journals;
– To have strong experience in computational programming;
– To have demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in English;
– To have interest in working in a multidisciplinary team environment.

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 Frank Pattyn (

Review of the applications will start March 21 and the call is open until the position is filled.

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