Postdoc position at the RMIB on the analysis of the ocean-atmosphere interaction

Postdoc position at the RMIB on the analysis of the ocean-atmosphere interaction

The Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium is hiring a postdoctoral researcher in the context of a project financed by the JPI-Oceans/JPI-Climate programme for a period of one year that could be extended to an additional yearand a half. The project title is “The Role of ocean dynamics and Ocean-Atmosphere interactions in Driving cliMAte variations and future Projections of impact-relevant extreme events (ROADMAP)” proposed jointly by several European institutions and led by the Max-Planck Institute (Germany). More information on the consortium can be found at The objective on the Belgian side is to perform inference of dynamical links between different components of the climate system using tools from nonlinear sciences. A summary of our expected activities is provided below:

Objective: The low-frequency variability and the interactions within the different components of the climate system covers a wide range of time scales from seasonal to multi-decadal. The understanding of these interactions is complicated by the limited period of available high-quality measurements. At the same time, state-of-the-art models often do not agree on the amplitude of the variability of the different components of the climate system. These facts call for intensive empirical analyses of the nature of the coupling between these components in space and time, and at the same time to explore in detail the emergence of low-frequency variability in climate models. Advanced analysis techniques based on dynamical system and information theory will be used to clarify the key spatio-temporal variability patterns in both the ocean and the atmosphere, and the interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere. These approaches will be first used in the context of intermediate-order coupled ocean-atmosphere models, observation datasets and probably on past CMIP runs, and will then be applied on the datasets developed in the other groups contributing to the project.

Job description

The hired person will work on the use and development of tools to understand the link between different observables of the climate system. This will be done first in simple settings (reduced-order climate models) and then applied to more complex models and to real climate data. 

This will be done in collaboration with several people working at the Royal Meteorological Institute and/or also with researchers from the ROADMAP consortium.

Required competences

- A PhD degree in Science with a good background in mathematics

- A very good knowledge of English

- An ability to work within a team and to easily communicate research at the international level

- An experience in developing and/or using tools of dynamical systems and nonlinear sciences is an asset.


We offer

- A contract at the level of SW2 of the Federal Belgian Scientific career for a 1-year period, that could potentially be extended by another 1 or 1.5 years.

- Reimbursement of the local public transports.

- A nice working environment.


If you are interested by this position, please send by email a motivation letter and a Curriculum Vitae to Dr Stéphane Vannitsem (, before February 5, 2021, and mentioning in the subject of the email the acronym of the project (ROADMAP). Additional information can also be requested to Dr Stéphane Vannitsem (

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