Postdoctoral Fellow in modelling land-climate interactions

Updated: 13 days ago
Deadline: 01 Jun 2022

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About the position 

We have a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Industrial Ecology Programme (IndEcol). The position is between 3 and 4 years duration.

IndEcol is a well-known research group with an international leading role in the field of environmental sustainability analysis and climate change mitigation strategies. IndEcol currently consists of about 60 employees in scientific positions and features publications of scientific articles in top-ranked journals, direct contributions to assessment reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and leading roles in several large-scale projects and initiatives at national and European levels.

The series of IPCC assessment reports increasingly make clear that how we manage our land resources (agricultural systems and forestry) is essential to achieve large-scale negative emissions and stabilize temperature changes at low levels. Afforestation and bioenergy crops are expected to expand, and they induce perturbations to the local climate that are still largely unclear. At the same time, climate change and extreme events are posing challenges to the functioning of vegetation systems (e.g., crop yields and tree growth), requiring adaptation measures.

We seek a person that is strongly motivated to address the interactions between land-based carbon dioxide removal in either agriculture and forestry and the climate system. The candidate is expected to perform applied research with regional/global climate models to study effects of changes in land cover, land use and/or management-induced changes in vegetation structure and composition. Climate, physical or environmental scientists with research experience in coupled global/regional climate models are invited to apply for a position where they will have the opportunity to develop and consolidate skills in a quickly evolving research field. The successful candidate will have a dynamic personality, motivation to work with climate models and big data, and the ability to carry out research in an interdisciplinary and international environment.

You will report to Prof. Francesco Cherubini.

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