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Postdoc on high resolution modeling (RE2/R2)


Barcelona Supercomputing Center


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Barcelona, Spain    

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Application Deadline

June 16, 2024

Context And Mission

The Earth Sciences Department of Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-ES) led by Prof Francisco Doblas-Reyes develops, among other research tools, global climate models to perform a range of climate experiments at frontier (storm and eddy-resolving) spatial resolutions. The Department is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to assist in the development and analysis of the high-resolution global simulations with the IFS/NEMO climate model.

The position offered is funded by the European projects EERIE and EXPECT, and involves (1) providing scientific feedback to improve the physical soundness of a Digital Twin based on IFS-NEMO developed at the BSC within the Destination Earth initiative, (2) leading the production of cutting edge simulations with an eddy-resolving version of IFS-NEMO, and (3) contributing to their scientific analysis with a specific focus on the impact of ocean eddies on the local air-sea interactions, their influence on the atmospheric circulation and their ultimate impact on extreme events.

Key Duties

– Provide scientific inputs for the development of the eddy-resolving version of the model NEMO-IFS

– Performing the production experiments with this new model configuration

– Preparing and submitting supercomputing access proposals to support the production of the high-resolution simulations

– Lead scientific analyses on the role of mesoscale air-sea interactions in shaping the response of the atmospheric circulation in the North Atlantic to climate change

– Conducting a process-based evaluation of the drivers of summer extremes in the NEMO-IFS simulations, with a particular focus on hydroclimate extremes

– Participate in the supervision of the junior members of the group

– Coordinate the BSC contributions to several project deliverables


– The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department

– We offer a full-time contract (37.5h/week), a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible working hours, extensive training plan, restaurant tickets, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures

– Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration

– Holidays: 23 paid vacation days plus 24th and 31st of December per our collective agreement

– Salary: we offer a competitive salary commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the candidate and according to the cost of living in Barcelona

– Starting date: asap

Special Requirements
Requirements Education – Highly recommend to hold a PhD in atmospheric science, applied mathematics, engineering, fluid dynamics or in a related discipline Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience – Postdoctoral experience will be valued – Proven ability to prepare and submit manuscripts to peer-review journals – Experience developing experimental set ups that address specific climate modeling problems – Experience in ocean/atmosphere modelling (or environmental modelling) and in handling climate model outputs. – Demonstrated experience in high resolution modelling will be valued – Programming skills: scripting (e.g. bash, python), data analysis and visualization software (e.g. CDO, NCO, R, Python, NCL) – Experience in handling large datasets, and a minimum knowledge of NetCDF encoding – Experience in HPC and parallel computing (multi-threaded applications) Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience – Interest and capacity in participating in the writing and, when possible, leading the preparation of research and computing proposals – Knowledge of version control systems (git, svn, cvs…) – Interest in tutoring and/or advising master and PhD students Competences – Fluency in spoken and written English, while fluency in other European languages will be also valued – Highly collaborative spirit and ability to work as part of a large, strongly-coordinated team and to continuously share both knowledge and tools

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