Master Student (R0)

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Master Student (R0)

Closing Date

Sunday, 30 June, 2019
Reference: 105_ES_ESS_R0
Job title: Master Student (R0)


About BSC
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) is the leading supercomputing center in Spain. It houses MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, and is a hosting member of the PRACE European distributed supercomputing infrastructure. The mission of BSC is to research, develop and manage information technologies in order to facilitate scientific progress. BSC combines HPC service provision and R&D into both computer and computational science (life, earth and engineering sciences) under one roof, and currently has over 500 staff from 44 countries.

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Context And Mission
The objective of this internship is to develop story-lines, narratives and case studies that transfer scientific information obtained in research projects to stakeholders from economic sectors, such as renewable energy and insurance, policy-makers and society. The intern will do this through the collaboration with ESS scientists including climate, social and communication researchers. These narratives will be developed in the context of two EU-funded H2020 projects, APPLICATE and PRIMAVERA.

The APPLICATE project looks into the widespread effects of climate change on the Arctic – a region that is warming at almost twice the global average rate. Changes in the Arctic are not only limited to climate, instead, these changes also influence the whole socio-ecological system and bringing new threats and opportunists for local communities and businesses in the Arctic and beyond. Besides, these changes have the potential to influence weather and climate in the mid-latitudes, including prolonged periods of severe weather in Europe with unknown consequences for the environment and society.
The APPLICATE-related narratives will be tailored to specific stakeholders and will help transfer information about the Arctic’s connections to climate and other changes across Europe linked to the scientific results. The project participates in the thematic blog Polar Prediction Matters populated with experiences from various stakeholders. The APPLICATE project is also part of the EU Arctic Cluster and the intern will have access to the hitherto results and experiences both from APPLICATE and from other projects of the Cluster.

The PRIMAVERA project provides state-of-the-art global climate model simulations at high resolution, contributing to the latest set of climate models, which will inform the next IPCC Assessment Report. By better resolving the underlying physical processes, the project expects these models to provide better simulations of certain climate processes, such as windstorms, floods, and heatwaves. This allows a better understanding of past and future extreme and highly impactful climate events that could support climate risk assessment activities in Europe and beyond.
Key Duties
  • Given the highly scientific and specialized nature of the project, sectors such as insurance, energy or agriculture could benefit from having story-lines and narratives that contextualize the potential benefits of the enhanced resolution of global climate projections. For these narratives, that are particularly challenging, innovative and creative approaches could be considered.
  • Education
    • Studying social or environmental sciences (other backgrounds are accepted if the candidate can demonstrate previous experience in the field of interest)
    • Good writing skills and excellent written English
    • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and international environment
    • Proactive and responsible
    • Good communicator
    • Ability to learn about and simplify scientific knowledge
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience in data visualization and infographics
    • Experience in science communication
  • Competences
    • Good understanding of the challenges arising from climate change
  • The position will be located at BSC within the Earth Sciences Department
  • We offer a full-time contract, a good working environment, a highly stimulating environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, flexible hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - Several months renewable
  • 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
Applications Procedure

All applications must include:

  • A motivation letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered
  • A full CV including contact details in English
The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.
Diversity and Equal Opportunity Employment
BSC-CNS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. We are pleased to consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or any other basis protected by applicable state or local law.


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