[ES_JOBS_NET] Post-doctoral positions in land suface and ecosystem modeling

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Jun 9 08:47:09 MDT 2015

Unité Mixte de Recherche CEA-CNRS-UVSQ

LSCE-Orme - Bât. 701 - Orme des Merisiers - 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex Tél.
: 01 69 08 77 11 - Fax : 01 69 08 77 16

LSCE-Vallée - Bât. 12 - avenue de la Terrasse - 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex
Tél. : 01 69 82 35 23 - Fax : 01 69 82 35 68



LSCE, Gif-sur-Yvette, 09/06/2015

The land-surface modeling group at the LSCE (”Laboratoire des Sciences du
Climat et de

l’Environnement”, www.lsce.ipsl.fr/) is looking for several post-doctoral
researchers interested

in land surface modeling and ecosystem functioning. The positions are
available for a fixed-term

period of 24 months with a possible one or two year extension.

The scientific context for these positions includes the quantification of
carbon and water fluxes

in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, the understanding of the underlying
processes to

support greenhouse gas (GHG) emission mitigation in the context of global
changes (climate,

land-use and land-management changes), the impact of nitrogen cycle on
ecosystem carbon

fluxes, and the investigation of carbon- and water-related ecosystem
services (i.e., wood

production, carbon sequestration, water availability). The main scientific
objectives and the

related tasks of the position will be determined following discussions
between the applicant and

the principal investigators, while taking into account the experience and
career path of the

applicant. The European projects that will fund these positions will
provide additional context

and may guide some of the objectives of the work. For instance, two
projects with the

University of Lund aim to i) better understand how interactions between
forest management

and nitrogen inputs (fertilization, deposition) impact the carbon storage
of European forests and

ii) use data assimilation techniques to improve model skill with multiple
data streams (in

particular from the ICOS European infrastructure). Another project with
ECMWF meteorological

centre will focus on the reanalysis of the carbon cycle over the last

The post-doctoral researcher will primarily use the global land surface

including recent developments related to the nitrogen cycle, forest
management, and crop and

pasture management. Atmospheric transport models may also be used to
assimilate atmospheric

GHG concentrations as large-scale constraints using advanced data
assimilation techniques. The

activities will be mainly located at LSCE (CEA, Orme des Merisiers,
Gif/Yvette, France) on the

plateau of Saclay, approximately 25 km south-west of Paris, with some
travel to Sweden.

Home institution:

Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE,
Orme-les-Merisiers, Gif-sur-

Yvette). LSCE is a joint research unit of Commissariat à L’Energie Atomique
et des Energies

Alternatives (CEA), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and
Université de

Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ). LSCE employs over 320
researchers covering 30

different nationalities. Their research mission is to contribute to a
better understanding of the

interactions between human activities in the Earth System, environment and
climate dynamics

at different time scales. LSCE is a world-class institute and a thriving
nexus for climate change


Unité Mixte de Recherche CEA-CNRS-UVSQ

LSCE-Orme - Bât. 701 - Orme des Merisiers - 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex Tél.
: 01 69 08 77 11 - Fax : 01 69 08 77 16

LSCE-Vallée - Bât. 12 - avenue de la Terrasse - 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex
Tél. : 01 69 82 35 23 - Fax : 01 69 82 35 68

Qualifications required:

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the research we are seeking highly
motivated individuals

with a degree (Master or PhD) in for example mathematics, physics,
engineering, computer

science, meteorology or theoretical ecology. A broad interest in natural
sciences and more

specifically in terrestrial ecology is essential. Rather than requiring any
particular training, we

are looking for candidates motivated by science with ability to develop
code (particularly

Fortran 90) and to integrate scientific knowledge into numerical schemes.
Priority will be given

to individuals who have published peer-reviewed papers but it is not a
strict requirement.

Required content of the application:

There are no specific application forms.

Applications and inquiries should be sent to:

Bertrand Guenet (bertrand.guenet__at__lsce.ipsl.fr)

Sebastiaan Luyssaert (Sebastiaan.Luyssaert__at__lsce.ipsl.fr)

Nicolas Viovy (Nicolas.Viovy__at__lsce.ipsl.fr)

Nicolas Vuichard (Nicolas.Vuichard__at__lsce.ipsl.fr)

Philippe Peylin (philippe.peylin__at__lsce.ipsl.fr)

Gregoire Broquet (gregoire.broquet__at__lsce.ipsl.fr)

Applications should include (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) statement of
motivation including a short

description (ó page no more than 1 page) of a recent scientific question
you answered and (3)

names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least two
references. The position

is available from September 1st and will remain open until filled with a
review of applications

and interviews starting on 24th June. Salary follows national directives
and is adjusted for work

experience. A dual position may be explored in case your partner/spouse has
a competitive CV

and background in line with the research activities at LSCE.
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