Post-doctoral scientist position: Modelling glacier changes over the past millennium

Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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 invites applications for the following

  • Foreign Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Starting date between February 1 and May 1, 2018
  • Full time position for 24 months
  • Net monthly salary 2300-2500 € (depending on experience – this includes social insurances)

The candidates must not have spent more than 2 years in Belgium over the last 3 years and should not have obtained their PhD more than 6 years before the starting date of the grant.

The postdoctoral researcher will work on the project ‘Evaluating simulated centennial climate variability over the past millennium using global glacier modelling” funded by the F.R.S. – FNRS .

The successful candidate will be in charge of performing simulations with the Open Global Glacier Model (OGGM) driven by climate model results at global scale and to compare those results to reconstructions of glacier length fluctuations. The goals are first to evaluate the ability of the model to reproduce the multi-decadal to centennial variability recorded in glacier observations and to determine the origin of those variations. In a second step, the contribution of glacier mass variations and thermal expansion in sea level changes over the pass millennium will be assessed.

Required qualifications:

  • To have a PhD in climatology, Earth science or related field (physics, informatics) with previous experience in Earth science;
  • To have published in peer-reviewed international journals;
  • To have experience in computational programming and in managing large data sets – an experience with Python is a strong asset;
  • To have demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • To have interest in working in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Application procedure
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 Hugues Goosse (hugues.goosse@uclouvain.be).

Review of the applications will start January 25 and the call is open until the position is filled.