A joined academic position in climate predictability

Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, Brussels and Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Closing date: 10 December 2019

The Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI) and the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) invite applications for a full time position in regional climate predictability at the seasonal-to-decadal timescale. The position consists in a 50% tenure track or tenured position at UCLouvain and a 50% position as first assistant (SW2) at RMI, and implies strong interactions between the two institutions.

The position is open in the framework of the FED-tWIN program, a new federal research program from the Belgian Science Policy Office to promote sustainable cooperation between Federal Scientific Institutions and Belgian universities through the funding of joint research profiles. The general theme is “Modelling and forecasting the climate system from seasonal to decadal timescales over Europe using state of-the-art models and tools from non-linear sciences” (SEAMLESS).

The typical time scale of operational weather forecasts is a few days, while the length of climate simulations, used in particular for climate projections, ranges from decades to million years. The intermediate time scales, from months to decades, have largely been overlooked. These are, however, time scales over which many societal and economical activities are organized and coordinated. Describing the evolution of the atmosphere and climate on such time scales is an essential instrument for societal activities planning, and international efforts are currently ongoing to develop forecasting capabilities at these intermediate time scales.

Specific Qualifications
The researcher should ideally have expertise in atmospheric and climate modelling, and in advanced tools of nonlinear sciences (dynamical systems, stochastic processes, etc.). Since both fields of expertise are not easy to find in a single scientist, the researcher should have expertise at least in one of them, with keen interest to develop the other one in collaboration with scientists from RMI and UCLouvain. The new expert will have by essence an interdisciplinary profile with a strong taste in learning new approaches and techniques in such a way to build a solid bridge between both institutions

All the information about this academic position can be found here.


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