PhD position on groundwater-atmosphere processes

CNRS Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement (IGE) and The Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA), Grenoble , France
Closing date: 31 October 2020

The focus of the research will be on the analysis of the coupled groundwater-atmosphere processes at aregional scale with a primary focus on (while not limited to) the coast of the Gulf of Lion, using model
simulations and observational diagnostics. This will involve analysis of atmospheric terms of the regional
hydrological cycle (precipitation and moisture transports) along with the analysis of surface hydrological
processes, as well as groundwater. For the project it is needed to explicitly cover the regional hydrological
cycle in a climate context (including regional climate projections) but also provide integrated measures of
the coastal hydrological cycle in order to assess in a holistic and comprehensive manner the resilience of
the ocean coastal zone. After approximately a year, the successful candidate will start to closely cooperate
with the research scientist (at PhD level) to be hired on this project. The project as a whole is focused on
several very different coastal zones besides the Gulf of Lion (namely, the western coast of the Black Sea,
the coasts of the Red Sea and of the Atlantic coast of South America), and will be carried out in cooperation
with the P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, RAS (IORAS, Moscow, Russia), King Abdullah University of
Science and Technology (KAUST, Saudi Arabia), the George Washington University (GWU, Washington DC,
USA) and the Oceanographic Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grange (Brazil) which are all project
partners – IORAS being the project coordinator. In this regard, the approaches developed at IGE will be
further delivered and adopted at the other project partner’s institutions.

IGE ( is one of the World’s leading multidisciplinary institutions in
climate, cryosphere, ocean and hydrological research. It carries out experimental research, climate
diagnostics and high performance modelling with high resolution ocean, ice and atmosphere models. UGA
is recognized as one of the highly ranked French Universities with excellently managed campus in the city of
Grenoble – one of the oldest and most pleasant among European mid size cities and technological capitals.
It is expected that the successful candidate has a master degree in meteorology, hydrology or
atmospheric physics. Basic knowledge of geophysical fluid mechanics, geostatistics and climate physics,
familiarity with associated numerical procedures and the major data storage formats, programming skills
are highly desirable. Knowledge of English (including writing skills) is required.

Candidates should send their cv including publication/presentation list, statement of motivation, and the
names of 3 potential references by email to:
Dr. Olga Zolina

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2020.

The beginning of the contract is expected as soon as possible.


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