Postdoc Researcher - Modeling aerosol-cloud interactions (R2)

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Postdoc Researcher - Modeling aerosol-cloud interactions (R2)

Closing Date

Saturday, 31 July, 2021
Reference: 150_21_ES_AC_R2
Job title: Postdoc Researcher - Modeling aerosol-cloud interactions (R2)


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 700 staff from 49 countries.

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Context And Mission
We are looking for an outstanding researcher to join the Atmospheric Composition (AC) group within the Earth Sciences department at the BSC-CNS. The AC group aims at better understanding and predicting the spatiotemporal variations of atmospheric pollutants along with their effects upon air quality, weather and climate. This is addressed through the continuous development and application of numerical models over multiple scales, from weather to climate and from global to urban scales. The AC group is the research backbone of the Multiscale Online Non-hydrostatic AtmospheRe CHemistry model (MONARCH), which contains advanced chemistry and aerosol packages coupled online with a meteorological driver. MONARCH runs operationally at the first WMO Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for Atmospheric Sand and Dust Forecast, the Barcelona Dust Forecast Center, and contributes to multi-model ensemble forecasts both at the WMO Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System Regional Center (WMO SDS-WAS RC) for Northern Africa, the Middle East and Europe, and the International Cooperative for Aerosol Prediction (ICAP). MONARCH is currently a candidate model for the Copernicus Air Quality Regional Production Service of the European Commission.
The successful applicant will work closely with atmospheric composition researchers and computer engineers in the development and implementation of cloud and cloud-aerosol interaction schemes in the MONARCH model. Specifically, the applicant will contribute to the implementation of an aerosol-ware two-moment cloud microphysics scheme that predicts the number concentrations and mixing ratios of cloud droplets and ice indirect aerosol effects to simulate indirect aerosol effects and cloud-aerosol interactions. The candidate will also contribute to the implementation of state-of-the-art CCN and IN activation parameterizations and run model experiments on BSC supercomputers. The candidate will contribute to ongoing and future national and European research projects addressing the role of aerosol species in the climate system. These include the ERC Consolidator Grant Frontiers in Dust Mineralogical Composition and its Effects upon Climate (FRAGMENT), with collaborators across Europe and the US, and the EU H2020 collaborative project Constrained aerosol forcing for improved climate projections (FORCeS), with partners across Europe.
Key Duties
  • Develop and implement cloud and cloud-aerosol interaction schemes in the MONARCH model
  • Run model experiments on the BSC supercomputers
  • Evaluate model experiments with observations
  • Develop original research and analysis strategies
  • Participate in collaborative projects with partner institutions
  • Present results at international meetings
  • Publish results in high-impact peer-reviewed journals
  • Contribute ideas for new research projects
  • Contribute to the intellectual life of the AC group, including meetings and collaborations
  • Other duties include contributing to the development common analysis tools; collecting and analyzing data; assisting in grant applications; and other duties as assigned
  • Education
    • PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry, Environmental engineering, Meteorology, Physics, or related discipline
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Advanced understanding of atmospheric aerosol and/or cloud physics
    • Experience in atmospheric, climate, chemistry, aerosol or cloud model developments (0-2 years)
    • Excellent computing skills in high-level computer languages (FORTRAN is required) (3-5 years)
    • Experience with UNIX/LINUX environments and with scripting languages (such as bash) (3-5 years)
    • Experience atmospheric science data formats (NetCDF) and with scientific software and tools (CDO, NCO, Python or R) (0-2 years)
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Previous experience on aerosol-cloud interaction research and/or model developments will be highly valued
    • Fluency in English
  • Competences
    • Very good interpersonal skills
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to take initiative, prioritize and work under set deadlines
    • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • 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 working hours, extensive training plan, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 2 years 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 Cover 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 in English including contact details

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.
This position is reserved for candidates who meet the requirements and have the legal status of disabled persons with a degree of disability equal to or greater than 33%. In case there are no applicants with disabilities that meet the requirements, the rest of the candidates without declared disability will be evaluated.


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