Decadal predictability postdoctoral position at LOCEAN/IPSL

A Postdoctoral fellowship is available at IPSL/LOCEAN on decadal climate predictability.

The successful candidate will contribute to the analysis and development of the IPSL decadal climate prediction system, with a special emphasis on the understanding of physical mechanisms providing predictability. Special emphasis of research will include initialization of projections carried out with state-of-the-art climate models, generation of prediction ensembles, and evaluation of the predictability skill, but will not be restricted to these. This position is offered within the SPECS (Seasonal-to-decadal climate Prediction for the improvement of European Climate Services) European project (20 participating institutions), hence providing opportunities for multiple collaborations across Europe.

From the analysis of existing simulations, a set of improvements to the initialisation procedure of the IPSL system will be designed and tested, in particular by incorporating more observations salinity, sea ice, atmospheric variables). This will done through nudging techniques, using physical based approaches developed in the NEMO team. In a next step different versions of the model will be tested in order to assess impact of resolution.

The postdoctoral fellowship will be located in LOCEAN at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in the heart of Paris (France) and may include short to long term stays in Bern (Switzerland) and Bordeaux (France). LOCEAN is a leading laboratory in the field of climate research, including focus on the role of the ocean in climate variability, on oceanic process studies based on observations, and on numerical modelling. It is also the place where the ocean model NEMO is developed, which will ensure fruitful collaboration with the NEMO team.

The candidate will have a PhD in oceanography, meteorology, environmental sciences or similar research experience. Experience in climate modelling and/or statistical analysis will be a plus. The position is offered for up to 3 years. Payment will be in accordance with French public service salaries (between 2500 and 3000 Euros before taxes). The ideal starting date is as soon as possible. The postdoctoral fellowship will collaborate with Juliette Mignot, Didier Swingedouw and Eric Guilyardi.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. It should include a CV with scientific experience, a letter of motivation with availability information and the names of at least two referees. Applications and queries should be sent to:
• Didier Swingedouw (
• Juliette Mignot (
• Eric Guilyardi (