Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate Modeling/Uncertainty quantification in climate projections

     
EmployerEidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ
Published
WorkplaceZurich, Zurich region, Switzerland
CategoryEnvironment / Sustainable Development
Mathematics
PositionSenior Researcher / Postdoc

Description

The Climate Physics group of Prof. Reto Knutti at the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zurich invites applications for a full time position on the Postdoc/Senior Postdoc level.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate Modeling/Uncertainty quantification in climate projections

We are seeking a physical scientist with research experience in performing experiments with coupled global or regional climate models and/or analyzing their results to quantify uncertainties or estimate probabilities in regional climate projections over Europe. The position is part of the large EU H2020 project "European Climate Prediction (EUCP)". The goal of EUCP as a whole is "to develop an innovative European regional ensemble climate prediction system based on a new generation of improved and typically higher-resolution climate models, covering timescales from seasons to multiple decades initialized with observations, and designed to support practical and strategic climate adaptation and mitigation decision-taking on local, national and global scales". The first task in this work package will focus on constraining future climate by considering climate model performance against a wide range of observed changes. The second task will focus on combining multiple strands of climate information (on timescales of several decades) into a quantification of uncertainty or, where appropriate, a probability distribution function (PDF). An important component will focus on overcoming the scientific challenges of making practical use of these ensembles on the European scale, taking into account the various degrees of interdependency among models. The PDFs will account for model uncertainty and internal variability, and the limits of providing robust probabilistic information will be evaluated.
The applicant is expected to contribute to the respective project and to take leadership in one of the research fields noted, including the supervision of students. The position is for two years initially and can be extended subject to performance and availability of funding. The starting date is as soon as possible, with some flexibility into spring 2018.

Applicants must have a PhD in physics, climate sciences, statistics or related subjects, ideally working knowledge of climate models, and experience with Fortran, shell scripting, UNIX/Linux operating systems, high performance computing, advanced statistics and data analysis systems (such as NCL, python, R, etc.). Regardless of background, the successful applicant will have an interactive personality, motivation to work with cutting-edge numerical climate models and their output, the ability to carry out research in an interdisciplinary and international environment, and a strong desire to disseminate results in conference talks and journal articles. Fluency in English (written and spoken) and strong communication skills, in particular experience in the publication of research results in peer-reviewed journals, is required.

We offer a dynamic and inspiring research environment, excellent work conditions, supercomputing infrastructure, and a large degree of freedom for the successful candidate to bring in her/his own research ideas and experience. The Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science at ETH Zurich is a world-leading institute in the field of research on global and regional climate change at one of the leading international universities for natural sciences and technology.

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