A consortium of five Belgian universities is seeking a PhD student to work in the framework of the PARAMOUR project (Decadal Predictability and vAriability of polar climate: the Role of AtMosphere- Ocean-cryosphere mUltiscale inteRactions) funded by the program EOS –The excellence of Science. PARAMOUR aims at revealing fundamental drivers of climate variability and assessing climate predictability in high latitudes by using coupled regional climate models in both hemispheres.
The climate of the Polar Regions has dramatically changed over the last decades. This may have resulted from external forcing (e.g., from greenhouse gas emissions), but also from natural interaction between the components of the climate system (notably, the atmosphere, the marine and continental cryosphere, and the ocean). Quantifying the specific contribution of each is critical to understand decadal variability. Based on the complementary scientific expertise of the project partners, PARAMOUR aims at revealing fundamental drivers of climate variability and assessing the predictability in high-latitudes by using coupled regional climate models in both hemispheres. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of a high-resolution coupled atmosphere-ocean-sea ice-ice sheet model configuration covering the Totten glacier region, Antarctica, in collaborations with the other scientists working on the project. The technical aspects associated to model development will be supported by a HPC consultat. The PhD candidate will analyse the interactions between the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice and ice shelves at scales between a few hundreds of meters and a few kilometres, the way they are represented in models and their impact on the variability and predictability of the system. Special attention will be given to atmospheric feedback processes like those between clouds and radiation and those between surface albedo and atmospheric processes(for example the darkening of the surface due to scouring by the wind). The KU Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School (https://set.kuleuven.be/phd) supports training of the PhD students. Currently 60% of the doctoral students are international students. KULeuven pursues an equal opportunities and diversity policy.
- To have a Master degree in Earth - or Environmental Science, Climatology or related field (geography, meteorology, physics, mathematics, informatics, bioscience engineering, civil engineering, etc.);
- To have experience in computational programming;
- To have demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in English;
- To have interest in working in a multidisciplinary team environment
Starting date between January 1 and March 1, 2021
Full time position for 48 months
Location: Department Earth and Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Applicants should send (i) a statement of experience, qualification and interest, (ii) a complete CV, (iii) academic transcripts and (iv) the names and e-mail of at least two references to the online application system of KU Leuven.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Nicole Van Lipzig, tel.: +32 16 32 64 53, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can apply for this job no later than November 30, 2020 via the online application tool
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|Titel||Decadal Climate Variability in the Totten Glacier Region, Antarctica|
|Job location||Oude Markt 13, 3000 Leuven|
|Gepubliceerd||oktober 29, 2020|
|Sluitingsdatum||november 30, 2020|
|Vakgebieden||Milieuwetenschap,   Geografie,   Geofysica,   Meteorologie,   Atmosferische wetenschappen,   Klimatologie,   Geo-informatica (GIS)  |