Vegetation dynamics scientist (R2)

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Vegetation dynamics scientist (R2)

Closing Date

Friday, 30 September, 2022
Reference: 348_22_ES_CVC_R2
Job title: Vegetation dynamics scientist (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 770 staff from 55 countries.

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Context And Mission

This position is hosted by the Climate Variability and Change (CVC) Group within BSC's Earth Science Department. The CVC Group undertakes fundamental research to (1) understand climate variability and change, including for climate extremes, (2) investigate global biogeochemical dynamics, effectiveness and impacts of carbon removal technologies to mitigate climate change, (3) developing new Earth System modeling capabilities, and (4) improving our ability to forecast the climate variations from one month to multiple decades into the future, both at global and regional scales.

The offered position is funded by the European projects LANDMARC and RESCUE. LANDMARC explores the potentials for land-based climate change mitigation, whereas the RESCUE project aims to improve knowledge and understanding in climate and Earth System responses to climate neutrality and net negative emissions. This position will also contribute to the 4C project, which aims to establish near-term prediction systems of climate and atmospheric CO2 growth rate to assist the implementation of the Paris agreement.

The successful applicant will be responsible for a process-based evaluation of the vegetation and carbon fluxes of the EC-Earth3-CC model, comparing historical simulations and near-term predictions performed by the CVC group with state-of-the-art observations. The applicant will also study the contribution of vegetation and land-use change to atmospheric CO2 variability and its predictability. This position will further contribute to the implementation of Land-based mitigation technologies (LMTs) in the EC-Earth3-CC model and will study the future effects of different LMTs on the global carbon cycle and key atmospheric processes. The candidate will contribute to scientific planning and development of the next generation of the EC-Earth ESM, version 4.

Key Duties

  • Contribute to the development of Land-based mitigation technologies (LMTs) in the EC-Earth3-CC ESM, focusing on the vegetation/land use aspects
  • Perform and analyze the experiments performed with the EC-Earth3-CC model and LMT scenarios developed in the LANDMARC and RESCUE projects, in regard of effects on land-use change, the carbon cycle and atmospheric processes
  • Analyze the contributions of vegetation and land-use change to projections and near-time predictions of the global carbon cycle
  • Lead the preparation of scientific publications, extend the group’s international network in the candidate’s area of expertise and actively participate in grant preparation activities
  • The candidate will work closely with scientists within the Climate Variability and Change Group and other groups of the Earth Sciences Department


  • Education
    • PhD in ecology, atmospheric or climate science, or a related discipline
  • Essential Knowledge and Professional Experience
    • Experience in working with Dynamic Vegetation models and/or Land-use change models. Experience with LPJ-GUESS is highly valued
    • Proven ability to prepare and submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed scientific journals
    • Well-established scientific network in vegetation, land-use and climate modelling
    • A demonstrated ability to analyse climate and vegetation data
    • Programming skills: scripting (e.g. bash, Python), programming (Fortran, c++) data analysis and visualization software (e.g. CDO, NCO, R, Python, QGis)
  • 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
    • 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, tickets restaurant, private health insurance, fully support to the relocation procedures
  • Duration: Open-ended contract due to technical and scientific activities linked to the project and budget duration
  • 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: ideally by October 2022

Applications procedure and process

All applications must be made through BSC website and contain:

  • A full CV in English including contact details
  • A Cover Letter with a statement of interest in English, including two contacts for further references - Applications without this document will not be considered

    In accordance with the OTM-R principles, a gender-balanced recruitment panel is formed for every vacancy at the beginning of the process. After reviewing the content of the applications, the panel will start the interviews, with at least one technical and one administrative interview. A profile questionnaire as well as a technical exercise may be required during the process.

    The panel will make a final decision and all candidates who had contacts with them will receive a feedback with details on the acceptance or rejection of their profile.

    At BSC we are seeking continuous improvement in our recruitment processes, for any suggestions or feedback/complaints about our Recruitment Processes, please contact recruitment [at] bsc [dot] es.

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  • Deadline

    The vacancy will remain open until suitable candidate has been hired. Applications will be regularly reviewed and potential candidates will be contacted.

    OTM-R principles for selection processes

    BSC-CNS is committed to the principles of the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers of the European Commission and the Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment principles (OTM-R). This is applied for any potential candidate in all our processes, for example by creating gender-balanced recruitment planels and recognizing career breaks etc.
    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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