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Postdoctorate position (M/F) "Towards closure and coherence of the Earth's water and energy balance"

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General information

Reference : UMR5566-REMROC-005
Workplace : TOULOUSE
Date of publication : Thursday, September 05, 2019
Type of Contract : FTC Scientist
Contract Period : 12 months
Expected date of employment : 1 December 2019
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : Between 2617€ et 3729€ gross monthly depending upon experience
Desired level of education : PhD
Experience required : Indifferent


The global cycle of water and energy is a central element of climate change. Its knowledge is still imperfect and the recent emergence of a series of spatial observations will help to better understand how it works. Nevertheless, the estimates of the many flows and stocks of water and energy that compose the budget are not always consistent with each other. This poses challenges in accurately assessing the current state of the global water and energy cycle and its response to climate change. In this context the purpose of this post-doctorate is twofold: 1) to quantify the inconsistency in the observations of the global cycle of water and energy and 2) to develop a new suite of observational products that satisfies the laws of conservation of mass and energy on a global scale using an optimal approach (L'Ecuyer et al., 2015)

This work is financed by a European project in response to a call for tenders from the Copernicus Climate Change Service to carry out an initial analysis of the consistency of products from the Climate Data Store. The post doc will rely on generalized least squares methods to optimize the water and energy budgets under various constraints taking into account the uncertainties on the observations.


The activities of the hired person include bibliographic study, manipulation of large volumes of data, execution, improvement and development of research code, writing of scientific articles and presentation of results at conferences.


PhD in Environmental Sciences with experience of satellite observations data. Knowledge of optimization methods.

Programming in IDL, Python, Matlab, Fortran or C. Work under Linux environment, shell scripts. Strong programming skills are also required.

Very good level of English (written / oral) required.

Work Context

The position is to be filled at the LEGOS laboratory of the Midi Pyrénées Observatory in Toulouse. The recruited person will work in a small research group and will interact with CNRS and CNES research engineers, PhD students and researchers.

The position involves participation in Copernicus Climate Change Services project meetings in Europe as well as participation in international conferences.

Additional Information

The contract is for one year, renewable

Please attach a CV, a cover letter and the names and contact information of two references to your application.

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