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1 PhD Position for the MSCA ITN CAFE: Climate Advanced Forecasting of sub-seasonal Extremes (ESR3)

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    Mr Pau Varela
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Project Description

The ultimate goal of the CAFE project is to improve the sub-seasonal predictability of extreme weather events through the interdisciplinary training of 12 ESRs in aspects such as climate science, complex networks and data analysis. Climate extremes such as heat waves, drought, extreme precipitation or cold surges have huge social and economic impacts that are expected to increase with climate change. Forecasting of such extreme events on the sub-seasonal time scale (from 10 days to about 3 months) is very challenging because of the poor understanding of phenomena that may increase predictability at this time scale, such as the Madden-Julian Oscillation, planetary waves and atmospheric blockings. Reliable sub-seasonal climate information is of great importance, allowing for early warnings and adequate mitigation strategies.

ESR3: Coherent structures in sub-seasonal-scale circulations.
Objectives: To develop a series of diagnosis tools able to identify and track changes in atmospheric circulation associated with particular events which are known to be relevant for predictability at sub-seasonal scales, specially moving convection structures associated to the Madden-Julian Oscillation but also blockings and waves, as well as their oceanic counterparts.

Supervisors: Prof. Emilio Hernández-García (Instituto de Física Interdisciplinar y Sistemas Complejos - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) and Dr. Reik Donner (Potsdam Institut fuer Klimafolgenforschung).

Host: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas - Instituto de Física Interdisciplinar y Sistemas Complejos, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

For more information please contact: [Email Address Removed]

The successful candidates will be hired for 36 months, with an attractive salary in accordance with the MSCA regulations for Early-Stage Researchers. The exact salary will be confirmed upon appointment and is dependent on the country correction factor (to allow for the difference in cost of living in different EU Member States and other countries).

For instance, for an ESR recruited by a Spanish organization, the annual salary will be: 37435€ (living allowance) + 7,200€ (for mobility allowance) + €6,000 (for family allowance, if married and/or with kids at the time of recruitment) before any applicable tax and/or deductions for social security.

In addition to their individual scientific projects co-supervised by two organizations in the CAFE Project, all fellows will enjoy world-class training and networking opportunities with an interdisciplinary scope, including secondments within the consortium, a variety of schools and courses as well as funding for an active participation in conferences and symposia.

Eligibility criteria
Experience. Candidates must be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers at the time of recruitment and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Date of Recruitment means the starting date to feature in the employment contract. Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark a doctorate.

Mobility. Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting partner for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. In the case of International Organizations, the eligible researcher must not have spent more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the date of selection in the same appointing international organization.

Selection process
An eligibility screening will take place for every application. Applicants who do not appear to comply with MSCA-ITN mobility and/or career stage eligibility requirements will be asked to prove them in a maximum of 7 days. Applicants who cannot demonstrate their eligibility will be notified by CAFE Recruitment Committee and excluded from selection.

Each hosting organization will form a gender-balanced selection panel that will include the supervisors and co-supervisors for each project. This panel will grade each eligible application according to the essential and desirable criteria listed in the job description. Shortlisting will take account of research experience, and consider all information provided in the CV and cover letter. A minimum of two short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview (tel-co) by the panel. The reserve candidates will be notified of their results by the Recruitment Committee.

We anticipate interviews will be conducted in the last week of May.

Candidates will be ranked by each selection panel, including a list of reserve candidates.

Candidates will be informed of the final outcome by the hosting organisation as soon as possible after the selection process has concluded. Top candidates could be invited for a visit to the host to discuss the offer. Feedback will be made available on request.

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Funding Notes

Good level of English, both written and spoken.
Master degree (or equivalent) prior to the recruitment date, in physics, climate science, meteorology, Earth sciences, mathematics, statistics or closely related disciplines.
Good programming skills.


The CAFE consortium is formed by ten partners recruiting and hosting researchers:
Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, Spain.
Potsdam Institut fuer Klimafolgenforschung, Germany.
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Wissenschaften e.V., Germany.
Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany.
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain.
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain.
Universidad de la República, Uruguay.
Météo-France, France.
Aria Technologies, France.
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, International Organization (Reading Head Quarters, United Kingdom).

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