Post-Doctoral Research Assistant In Climate Sciences

Country: Belgium;

City: Louvain-La-Neuve

Vacancy added: 18.06.2019

Employer: Université catholique de Louvain

Resumes due: 17.07.2019


The successful candidate will be part of the EU-funded H2020 project “Tipping Points of the Earth System” (TiPES), and will work on the assessment of the impact of uncertainties associated with tipping point on decision making. The position is funded for 3 years. The position can be filled on a part-time basis.

The Climate pole of the Earth and Life Institute, at the Université de Louvain (UCLouvain) addresses scientific questions in the Earth system dynamics, climate modelling, and and human-environment interactions.

In the framework of the EU-funded H2020 project “Tipping Points of the Earth System” (TiPES), the Earth and Life Institute at UCLouvain recruits a scientist with background in climate science, and willing to engage in a multidisciplinary project involving decision theory and computer science. The position is funded for 3 years, under a regular work contract at UCLouvain, Louvain-la-Neuve,Belgium.

The position can optionally be filled on a part-time basis.

The TiPES project:

Several subsystems of the Earth may respond abruptly at critical future levels of anthropogenic forcing. The TiPES project seeks to formalise how to identify safe operating spaces in terms of these critical forcing levels, in order to prevent transitions to alternative, undesirable states of the Earth and its subsystems. The mechanisms associated with abrupt climate transitions are only partly understood, and reliable warning signals for forthcoming transitions are urgently needed. TiPES addresses these questions in a joint effort of 18 European institutions, combining paleoclimatology, time series analysis, Earth system modelling of past and future climates, applied mathematics and dynamical system theory, as well as decision theory.

More about the project can be found at:

Key responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be part of work package WP6 "Understand and communicate the impacts of tipping point uncertainties on accountable policies" of the TiPES project.

The main responsibility will be to formalise optimal decision problems, combining information about future climate dynamics, the probability of crossing so-called tipping points, the presence of early-warning signals, and assuming a mechanism of policy decision under uncertainty. The work will be carried out under the direct supervision of Michel Crucifix (climate science and dynamical system theory) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, in close collaboration with Nicola Botta (engineering, computer science), at the Postdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany. The successful candidate will also be responsible for the publication of scientific results and participation at project workshops and international conferences. Ideal candidates have a good background in climate dynamics, dynamical systems theory, and open stance towards decision theory and functional programming languages.


Offer Requirements


    Physics: PhD or equivalent

    Mathematics: PhD or equivalent

    Engineering: PhD or equivalent


    ENGLISH: Good


  • Research background in climate dynamics and modelling

  • Demonstrated interest for formal approaches to optimal policy and/or decision problems

  • Excellent grades

Specific Requirements

  • Previous experience with formal computer languages and functional programming is an asset
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