Decadal climate variability in Antarctica: The role of atmospheric feedbacks

    KU Leuven
    Environmental scienceOther
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    30/11/2020 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Leuven
    To be defined


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 development of a high-resolution coupled atmosphere-ocean-sea ice-ice sheet model configuration covering Antarctica, in collaborations with the other scientists working on the project. The technical aspects associated to model development will be supported by a HPC consultant. Currently the technical coupling is finalized, but physical performance needs to be improved. Therefore the first task will be to improve the performance and to carry out an in-depth evaluation of the coupled model. After, the Postdoctoral researcher will analyse the 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. Special attention will be given to atmospheric feedback processes like those between clouds and radiation and those between surface albedo and atmospheric processes(for example the darkening of the surface due to scouring by the wind). KU Leuven pursues an equal opportunities and diversity policy.

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Postdoctoral ResearcherStarting date between January 1 and March 1, 2021Full time position for 24 months, with possible extension of 12 monthsLocation: Department Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Eligibility criteria

Required qualifications:- To have a PhD degree in Earth - or Environmental Science, Climatology or related field (geography, meteorology, physics, mathematics, informatics, bioscience engineering, civil engineering, etc.);- To have demonstrated experience in computational programming, preferably at HPC facilities; Experience with climate modelling is a strong asset.- To have demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in English;- To have interest in working in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Selection process

Applicants should send (i) a statement of experience, qualification and interest, (ii) a complete CV, (iii) academic transcripts and publication record and (iv) the names and e-mail of at least two references to the online application system of KU Leuven.For more information please contact Prof. dr. Nicole Van Lipzig, tel.: +32 16 32 64 53, mail: nicole.vanlipzig@kuleuven.be.
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