Climate extremes and climate change researcher (R2)

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Climate extremes and climate change researcher (R2)

Closing Date

Saturday, 31 July, 2021
Reference: 210_21_ES_CP_R2
Job title: Climate extremes and climate change researcher (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 enthusiastic and talented researcher to analyse climate extremes in climate model projections. Particular focus will be on understanding and disentangling the roles of different drivers, and refining the projections by applying suitable constraints. This position will be hosted in the Climate Prediction Group within BSC’s Earth Science Department. The Climate Prediction Group aims at developing climate prediction capability for time scales ranging from a few weeks to multiple decades into the future, and from regional to global scales.

The successful applicant will be involved in different European projects (e.g. EUCP, LANDMARC) and have the opportunity to engage with these multidisciplinary scientific networks. The research activities are targeted to provide reliable and actionable estimates of climate extremes changes in the coming decades, useful to inform decision-makers in different fields including forestry and agriculture. The successful applicant will be responsible for analysing large ensembles of climate projections, focusing on climate extremes and other climate hazards under current and future climate conditions. The research will also require developing an understanding of sector-specific sensitivities and vulnerabilities.

The successful candidate will benefit from expert scientific and technical training and an international multidisciplinary working environment, a solid computing infrastructure, world-class libraries of software and climate data, and advanced training on technical and scientific topics and career development. We encourage applications from highly motivated candidates with proven experience in climate data analysis, and a strong interest in the analysis of impact-relevant climate extremes. Women and underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
Key Duties
  • Perform comprehensive analyses of a range of climate extremes and climate hazards in large ensembles of climate projections (CMIP6)
  • Develop and apply constraints building on climate variability modes and on processes driving or amplifying specific extremes
  • Engage with project partners and stakeholders to understand specific climate-related vulnerabilities
  • Prepare manuscripts for publishing the results in leading international journals
  • The candidate will work closely with scientists within the Climate Prediction Group and other groups of the Earth Sciences Department
  • Education
    • PhD in atmospheric or climate science, physics, applied mathematics, or a related discipline
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Demonstrated experience in the analysis of large climate model ensemble data
    • Experience in the analysis of climate extremes
    • Proven ability to prepare and submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed scientific journals
    • Programming skills: scripting (e.g. bash, Python), data analysis and visualization software (e.g. CDO, NCO, R, Python, NCL)
  • Additional Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Interest and capacity in participating in the writing of research and computing proposals
    • Knowledge of version control systems (git, svn, cvs…)
    • Interest in tutoring and/or advising master and PhD students
    • Experience in interacting with stakeholders interested in climate information and inter-disciplinary teams will be valued
    • Previous postdoctoral experience will be valued
  • 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
  • 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, restaurant ticket, private health insurance, support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Temporary - 2 years - renewable depending on performance and available funding
  • 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: as soon as possible, ideally before September 2021
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

Review of applications will start on 28 June 2021. The vacancy will remain open until suitable a 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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