[ES_JOBS_NET] Announcement for of 1yr Post-doctoral position (Grenoble, France)

Arona Diedhiou arona.diedhiou at ird.fr
Fri May 26 09:47:40 MDT 2017

The Institute of Geosciences and Environment – Grenoble (French Alps) (
http://www.ige-grenoble.fr/?lang=en) is seeking applications for a
postdoctoral position focused on statistical analysis of observed and
climate model simulated data.

Universal access to electricity by 2030 is one of the key goals of the UN
Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. To meet this major
challenge while fulfilling the objectives of the Paris Agreement on Climate
Protection, Variable Renewable Energies (wind, solar, hydro) will have an
increasingly important role for a number of countries worldwide. Their high
space/time variability make however the electricity power system rather
vulnerable to the hydroclimatic variability and hydrometeorological extreme

The main component of the intended research will be to characterize the
multiscale variability and reliability of wind power resources in West
African countries, where a massive development of renewable is expected for
the next years. We will consider different spatial scales from local,
relevant for off-grid power systems, to regional, relevant for regional
power systems based on transnational transportation grids. The variability
of the resource will be also analyzed in regards to the weather driven
variability of the electricity demand. Data to be used are wind
pseudo-observations from global reanalyses (MERRA hourly data) and Regional
Climate Models (forced by ERA-INT reanalyses) used within the CORDEX-Africa

Applicants with experience in multidisciplinary research settings and a PhD
degree obtained during the 2013–2017 period in climate or atmospheric
sciences, applied statistics, hydrometeorology, environmental science, or
an engineering field, with significant interests in statistical analysis
and climate modelling, will make an ideal fit for this position. The
applicant should be fluent in French or English. The work will imply
interactions with African partners from the “Climate Modelling Center” of
University Houphouet Boigny in Abidjan (Ivory Coast).

Considerable experience and in-depth knowledge of MatLab, R, Geo-Spatial
analysis tools, and programming languages such as Fortran, Python, and/or C
and familiarity with UNIX environment and scripting will definitely be
invaluable assets. The successful candidate is expected to publish research
findings in high impact journals.

The appointment will be for a period of one year from the date of
appointment, with a possibility of extension for two additional years
depending on performance and availability of funds. The net salary will be
around 2000 euros/month (according experience) before income tax. Expected
starting date is Sept.2017.

Please email your CV, a letter of introduction explaining your motivation
and suitability for the position, and names and contact information of at
least three professional references to benoit.hingray at univ-grenoble-alpes.fr
and arona.diedhiou at ird.fr. Examples of papers as first author either in
press or published can also be submitted. Applications will be reviewed as
soon as received and the position will remain open until filled.


Research Director
IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)
IGE / Université de Grenoble-Alpes
BP 53, 38041, Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)
Mobile : +33 (0) 6 65 15 66 36 <06%2065%2015%2066%2036>
Visiting Scientist at Université Félix Houphouët Boigny
08 BP 3800 Abidjan 08 (Côte d'Ivoire)
Mobile : +225 44 43 30 16 <+225%2044%2043%2030%2016>
Email: arona.diedhiou at ird.fr
Skype : boyarona
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