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The LMD is seeking a student (H/F) student with a master level in atmospheric physics/dynamics or geophysical fluid dynamics

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Date Limite Candidature : jeudi 13 mai 2021

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General information

Reference : UMR8539-ISARIC-046
Workplace : PARIS 05
Date of publication : Thursday, April 01, 2021
Scientific Responsible name : RIVIERE Gwendal
Type of Contract : PhD Student contract / Thesis offer
Contract Period : 36 months
Start date of the thesis : 1 September 2021
Proportion of work : Full time
Remuneration : 2 135,00 € gross monthly

Description of the thesis topic

The Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD) is seeking a student with a master level or equivalent to conduct his PhD thesis within the European project EDIPI (European weather Extremes: DrIvers, Predictability and Impacts). EDIPI project is funded under the European Commission's H2020-MSCA-ITN programme. The doctoral project aims to investigate the dynamics and medium-range predictability (up to ~15 days) of atmospheric blocking and explain the existence of preferred paths toward blocking, which often leads to European winter cold spells and summer heat waves. The early-stage researcher will use the IPSL model DYNAMICO-LMDZ, which includes a new dynamical core that enables high spatial resolutions to be reached and will analyze various kinds of simulations performed with this model.
The two supervisors of the doctoral project are Gwendal Rivière from LMD and Sébastien Fromang from Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement.

Work Context

The LMD is an internationally well-recognized research laboratory working on atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric physics, air pollution and climate variability and dynamics. It depends on the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris Sciences Lettres (PSL) university, Ecole Polytechnique, and Sorbonne Universités. Different complementary approaches are followed: numerical modelling, instrumental development for observations and theoretical approaches. The recruited early-stage researcher will work within the team “Dynamics and Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean” (DPAO). His/her office will be in the LMD site located at Ecole Normale Supérieure (24 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris). His/her work will be supervised by Gwendal Rivière from LMD and Sébastien Fromang from LSCE. Finally, the recruited early-stage researcher will participate in different meetings and will have regular interactions with other participants of the European project EDIPI. In particular, two short-term stays (2 times 2 months) are planned abroad to visit two partners of the project in UK and Sweden.

The offered position is dedicated to a student with a master level in atmospheric physics/dynamics or geophysical fluid dynamics or to an early-stage researcher (less than 4 years of research) who have not been awarded by a doctoral degree.
- The candidate should know the main physical and dynamical processes involved in atmospheric circulation.
- The candidate should have experience in analyzing large meteorological datasets like climate models output or reanalyses products and an experience in running a numerical model would be ideal
- We also expect the candidate to have good programming skills in some langages like Fortran, R, Python, Matlab or Ferret.
- Very good written and oral communication skills in English are required.
- The candidate should be able to work inside a team and to communicate with colleagues and students.

Constraints and risks

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Additional Information

To apply for an ITN, candidates must fulfill the following eligibility criteria and mobility rules set by the European Commission :
- ITN-supported researchers must be early-stage researchers (ESRs), i.e. at the date of recruitment they must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
- ITN-supported researchers must comply with the mobility rules, which stipulates that “researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date”

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